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Daily interviews with a local focus airing at 8 a.m. Monday through Friday on Northland Morning.

Community Connection: Mike Olson and the Bowling Pin Birds

A bearded man in a white hat

It started with three bowling pins; one for a friend who wanted to make a unique cribbage board, and two for… well, that was for Mike Olson to figure out.

“My wife likes crazy yard art,” says Olson who spent time studying the pins. "At some point I saw a bird's body in the fat part of the pin."

Since then, a few seagulls have become a full flock. That flock, in turn, has become an aviary of loons, penguins, herons, eagles, flamingos... and moose. And all of these artistically rendered animals require more bowling pins. "Pins need to be replaced (at bowling alleys)," says Olson. "Within a month I came home with a thousand bowling pins."

With no shortage in working material, the flock continues to expand. To see Mike’s collection, you can visit his website at flockduluth.com

Luke Moravec is the host for Northland Morning on The North 103.3. He’s also a local actor, musician and writer. He loves puzzles, riddles and fun mysteries.
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