Paul Granlund sculpture stolen from Minnesota Arboretum

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Posted: Apr 23, 2015 8:04 PM

CHANHASSEN, Minn. (AP) — Officials are looking for a "priceless" sculpture stolen from the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chanhassen.

The arboretum says the sculpture by the late Paul T. Granlund was removed last week between Thursday evening, April 16, and Saturday morning, April 18.

Granlund, a Minneapolis native, was an internationally recognized sculptor and served as artist in residence at Gustavus Adolphus College for more than 30 years.

The 42-inch-high bronze statue called South Wind depicts a woman facing the wind and includes an artist inscription of the number "10."

The arboretum says the sculpture was a highlight of the Nelson Shrub Rose Garden.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press (http://bit.ly/1IOiuIJ ) reports removing the sculpture from its marble base would have required special tools. DNA samples were collected at the scene.

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Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com