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La Conner Schools' totem poles getting summer makeover

Students and staff vacated La Conner campuses for summer break last week.

They weren’t alone.

The 25-year-old cedar totem pole that is the signature landmark at La Conner Elementary School was removed for summer restoration during special ceremonies Thursday morning.

The weathered but still grand pole will be refurbished by La Conner Schools’ staff member Kevin Paul, who was involved in its initial carving in the mid-1990s.

Paul, a master carver whose work has been profiled on national TV broadcasts, hopes to have this latest project completed in time for the pole to welcome students back to c...


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