GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Everyone, it seems, wants to find out what Bigfoot is doing in Crookston, Minn.
Newspapers, television and radio stations from all across the country have called since news spread that the city plans to create a Great Plains Sasquatch information center and build a life-size likeness of the 8-foot human-animal.
Don Holbrook, executive director of the Crookston Development Authority, has heard from about 50 radio stations, more than 20 newspapers and several television stations.
"Initially, they think it's a spoof," he said. "We really are creating an information center that will track information on Bigfoot nationally.
"The only thing fictitious," he said, is the life-size rendering. There will be a statue of Bigfoot, using taxidermy to re-create the human-animal that researchers are studying.
Sasquatch will be inside the center, but signs outside will alert tourists and passers-by to the display.
The information center also will have casts of Sasquatch footprints found in other parts of the country. Holbrook does not know of any Bigfoot sightings in Crookston.
The idea struck the locals while cruising the Internet. They read about all of the research being done on Bigfoot sightings throughout North America and the world.
They also learned that there are more than 450,000 Sasquatch watchers in the United States alone.
Although Bigfoot sightings most often have come from mountainous areas of the Pacific Northwest or north of the Canadian border, there have been some from the Great Plains, Mr. Holbrook said.
The city plans to spend less than $10,000 for the information center, which likely will be placed in the existing county museum.