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Grinch steals Olaf
Lamppost contest still open
Olaf stolen
Santas elf is hard at work at the Southern Standard creating a replacement Olaf. The original handcrafted snowman from the movie Frozen was stolen from Main Street on Friday night. Pictured is Holly Cantrell adding the finishing touches to a new Olaf. - photo by Lisa Hobbs

The Southern Standard is seeking the return of our Christmas decoration. A handmade Olaf, being used as part of a decorating contest on Main Street, was taken Friday night.
“We just want Olaf back,” said Southern Standard publisher Pat Zechman. “If you have him and return him, no questions will be asked.”
The Standard and Main Street McMinnville recently began organizing an event called Lampposts on Parade in which participants are allowed to decorate a lamppost and immediate area in the theme of “A Disney Christmas.”
Contestants are vying for a $200 grand prize to be given away this Saturday, Dec. 6. There's still time to enter and decorate a lamppost on Main Street so contact the newspaper office if you're interested.
In the spirit of the event, Standard staff decided to decorate an area with the theme of Walt Disney’s animated movie “Frozen” and make an Olaf out of plywood as the centerpiece. Olaf is the lovable snowman that likes warm hugs and desires to enjoy the summer months.
According to reports, Olaf was in place around 8 p.m. on Friday night and was missing about one hour later. A reward is being offered for information that leads to the return of Olaf. For more information, contact the Standard at 473-2191.