BELGRADE -- This week in our Home Town Spotlight series we visit the quiet town of Belgrade, home of the world's largest crow.

What seems like it was taken out of an Alfred Hitchcock movie, the large crow stands about 42 feet tall, perched on a branch over looking the city off of Highway 71.

The crow was built in the 80s as part of a monument to celebrate the towns centennial in 1988. Town leaders felt a crow would make a fitting mascot as the city of Belgrade was had the Crow River, Crow Lake and Crow Lake Township.

By 1990 the monument was officially dedicated. Besides the colossal bird the monument also features nearly 5,000 specialty bricks to honor local church leaders, veteran, mayors, school superintendents, Stearns County Road Department workers and Boys and Girl Scouts.

It also salutes all 50 states and Canada, as well as the countries of the ancestors who came over to start their lives in Belgrade, with flags flowing in the wind.

So the next time you find yourself in this quiet community, flock over to the giant memorial and take the time to enjoy a little history.

(Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON)
(Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON)

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