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Peanuts On Parade

A Photo Tour Of Linus Van Pelt
Statues From The 2003 Peanuts On Parade
‘Linus Blankets Saint Paul’ Tribute


The Peanuts On Parade tribute to Charles Schulz was continued during the summer of 2003. This installment consisted of 91 statues of Linus Van Pelt, Lucy's little brother, with one hand outstretched and the other over his heart clutching his all-important security blanket.

Peanuts On Parade - Linus Blankets Saint Paul - Sew Much Love
  Name: Sew Much Love
  Artist: Julie Skluzacek, Tracy Leivermann, and Todd Hanks
  Sponsor: Associated Sewing
  Location: Anoka County Farms

This Linus statue is named Sew Much Love. It was designed by artists Julie Skluzacek, Tracy Leivermann, and Todd Hanks. It is sponsored by Associated Sewing, where it is on display in front of their store located at 690 North Snelling Avenue in Saint Paul. This statue has been repainted since it was created in 2003, and the original accessories are no longer displayed with the statue.

Update — this statue has been moved to the Anoka County Farms to join a the two statues from REI after the Associated Sewing store on Snelling closed earlier in 2012.


Peanuts On Parade - Linus Blankets Saint Paul - Super Linus To The Rescue
  Name: Super Linus To The Rescue
  Artist: Kathy Gustafson, Rosie and Andrew McCarty, Kimi Goldstein and Olivia Beise
  Sponsor: Paisano's Pizza and Louisiana Cafe
  Location: Woodbury Cafe

Here is Linus dressed as Superman in Super Linus To The Rescue. This is the second of two Linus statues on display at the Woodbury Cafe. Linus was designed by a group of artists consisting of Kathy Gustafson, Rosie and Andrew McCarty, Kimi Goldstein and Olivia Beise, and was sponsored by Paisano's Pizza and Louisiana Cafe.


Peanuts On Parade - Linus Blankets Saint Paul - Reach For The Future, Linus
  Name: Reach For The Future, Linus
  Artist: Robert Torning
  Sponsor: Saint Paul College
  Location: Saint Paul College, 235 Marshall Street, Saint Paul

Here we see Linus wearing a cap and gown in a statue called Reach For The Future, Linus. This statue is on display near the loading dock at the back of the Saint Paul College building at 235 Marshall Street in Saint Paul. The statue was designed by artist Robert Torning and was sponsored by the college. Reach for the future is more than just an advertising slogan for the Saint Paul College, which was recognized as the top community college in the nation in 2010.


Peanuts On Parade - Linus Blankets Saint Paul - Unnamed
  Name: Unnamed
  Artist: TivoliToo Studios
  Sponsor: Nova Classical Academy
  Location: Nova Classical Academy, Saint Paul

The Nova Classical Academy is a charter school in Saint Paul that concentrates on a classical style of education that is centered on knowledge and language as well as moral and ethical issues. Their executive director, Dr. Brian Bloomfield, wanted a statue for their new school that would represent these values in a manner that kids could relate to. He came up with the idea of a Peanuts statue, and picked Linus, who is the theologian and philosopher of the Peanuts characters. This statue was newly created in 2012 and was not part of the Peanuts on Parade tribute.


Peanuts On Parade - Linus Blankets Saint Paul - It's A Waterful Life
  Name: It's A Waterful Life
  Artist: Lori Manke-White
  Sponsor: City of Shoreview, Shoreview Community Center, Tropics Water Park & Fitness Center and BWBR Architects
  Location: Shoreview Community Center, 4580 Victoria Street North, Shoreview, MN

Linus is ready to hit the water park in this aquatic themed statue on display at the Shoreview Community Center. This facility has a full featured health club and an amazing indoor water park.


Peanuts On Parade - Linus Blankets Saint Paul - Linus Goes To School
  Name: Linus Goes To School
  Artist: Nancy Belau Collins & Family
  Sponsor: Donald's Apparel & Uniforms
  Location: Donald's Uniforms, 972 Payne Avenue, Saint Paul

Here is Linus on display in the front window of Donald's Uniforms on Payne Avenue. The glare from the glass makes for a poor photograph, but it gives Linus a great view of the traffic along busy Payne Avenue. Donald's features uniforms for children who attend parochial schools and other private schools that require uniforms. As a result, both Linus and the Lucy statues at the store feature school themes.


Peanuts On Parade - Linus Blankets Saint Paul - Patriot Linus
  Name: Patriot Linus
  Artist: Wanda Mumm
  Sponsor: Grandview Grill
  Location: Woodbury Cafe

Patriot Linus is on display at the Woodbury Cafe located just east of the Tamarack exit off of I-494. This Linus was designed by a team lead by Wanda Mumm, and it was sponsored by the Grandview Grill.


Peanuts On Parade - Linus Blankets Saint Paul - Linus de Nuestra Community
  Name: Linus de Nuestra Community
  Artist: Marisa Martinez de Silva
  Sponsor: El Burrito Mercado
  Location: El Burrito Mercado, 175 Cesar Chavez Street

This statue is named Linus de Nuestra Community. It was designed by artist Marisa Martinez de Silva. It was sponsored by the El Burrito Mercado, where it is on display at 175 Cesar Chavez Street (formerly known as Concord Street). Linus was repainted a slightly lighter color with a different color blanket and shorter hat circa 2010.


Peanuts On Parade - Linus Blankets Saint Paul - Harley-Davidson Linus Celebrating 100 Years Of Great Motorcycles
  Name: Harley-Davidson Linus Celebrating 100 Years Of Great Motorcycles
  Artist: Joe Klander
  Sponsor: Saint Paul Harley-Davidson
  Location: Harley-Davidson, 2899 Hudson Blvd, Saint Paul

This is Linus decked out as the quintessential vintage biker celebrating two great American traditions, the Peanuts comic strip and Milwaukee V-twin thunder. Linus is located in the front entrance to the Saint Paul Harley dealership located on Hudson Road just north of I-94 and just east of Century Avenue.


Peanuts On Parade - Linus Blankets Saint Paul - Your Pint, Sir
  Name: Your Pint, Sir
  Artist: Duane and Angie Barnhart
  Sponsor: O'Gara's Bar and Grill
  Location: Associated Bank, Snelling and Selby, Saint Paul

This Linus, known as ‘Your Pint, Sir’, is on display at the Associated Bank at the corner of Snelling and Selby in Saint Paul. Designed by artists Duane and Angie Barnhart, and sponsored by O'Gara's Bar and Grill (located across the street), shows Linus dressed up much like an 1940s era bar keeper serving a pint of ale to a thirsty customer.


Peanuts On Parade - Linus Blankets Saint Paul - River Dance Linus
  Name: River Dance Linus
  Artist: Susan Otterness
  Sponsor: Holiday Inn RiverCenter, The Liffey
  Location: Private Home, Ottawa Ave, Saint Louis Park

The ‘River Dance Linus’ is on display in front of a private home in Saint Louis Park. I am not sure how Linus or the Holiday Inn (which sponsored the statue) is connected to the River Dance theater production, but Linus does a good job representing an Irish dance character.


Peanuts On Parade - Linus Blankets Saint Paul - Quilting Linus
  Name: Quilting Linus
  Artist: Neil Boltik
  Sponsor: Minnesota State Fair
  Location: MN State Fairgrounds Libby Conference Center

Quilting Linus is one of 5 statues owned by the Minnesota State Fair and designed by artist Neil Boltik. It depicts Linus winning a first place blue ribbon for his handiwork creating his security quilt. This statue was traveling when I first visited the fairgrounds in 2010, but was back on display in front of the Libby Conference Center in 2011.


Peanuts On Parade - Linus Blankets Saint Paul - Linus Leonidas Hamline
  Name: Linus Leonidas Hamline
  Artist: Toni Dachis
  Sponsor: Hamline University
  Location: Hamline University Bush Library

This is Linus as ‘Linus Leonidas Hamline’. Leonidas Hamline was a minister and attorney who founded Hamline University. This statue was designed by Toni Dachis and was sponsored by the University. It is on display in the main level of the Bush Library at the Hamline University Saint Paul Campus. The quote on the statue is from John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement. Hamline University is affiliated with the United Methodist Church.


Peanuts On Parade - Linus Blankets Saint Paul - Limericks By Linus
  Name: Limericks By Linus
  Artist: Carol Halloran
  Sponsor: Meritex Enterprises
  Location: Lafayette Park

This statue is called Limericks By Linus. It was sponsored by Meritex Enterprises and designed by artist Carol Halloran. It is on display in Lafayette Park near the north end of the Lafayette Bridge in Saint Paul.


Peanuts On Parade - Linus Blankets Saint Paul - Frank Linus Wright
  Name: Frank Linus Wright
  Artist: Sid Levin, Tom Oestreich, and George Pfeifer
  Sponsor: Authentic Construction
  Location: Authentic Construction at 742 Grand Avenue

Here is Linus dressed up as ‘Frank Linus Wright’, the famous architect. This Linus was sponsored by and is on display at Authentic Construction at 742 Grand Avenue. Authentic Construction has been doing craftsmen level work on homes for over 30 years. If you hear someone say that they don't build them like they used to, tell them to check out the magnificent work that this firm is known for. The statue was designed by artists Sid Levin, Tom Oestreich, and George Pfeifer.


Peanuts On Parade - Linus Blankets Saint Paul - Unknown
  Name: Unknown
  Artist: Unknown
  Sponsor: Unknown
  Location: 5-8 Club, 6251 Douglas Court North, Champlin, MN

This Linus is on display in front of the 5-8 Club at 6251 Douglas Court North in Champlin, Minnesota. They are famous for their Juicy Lucy cheeseburger that has the cheese inside of the hamburger patty. I have not been able to determine the name or artist on this statue. It appears that it has either been redecorated with a new theme, or it was one of a few statues that were produced for private customers outside of the Peanuts On Parade series.


Peanuts On Parade - Linus Blankets Saint Paul - Imagination
  Name: Imagination
  Artist: Lynette Daniel & Students
  Sponsor: Dayton Elementary School
  Location: Dayton Elementary School, Dayton, Minnesota

This statue, called ‘Imagination’, was designed by Lynette Daniel and the students of Dayton Elementary School in Dayton, Minnesota. It pays tribute Linus' vivid imagination, such as when looking at clouds, Linus saw one that looked like the profile of Thomas Eakins, the famous painter and sculptor. This Linus is on display at the entrance to the school located at 12000 South Diamond Lake Road.


Peanuts On Parade - Linus Blankets Saint Paul - Time Traveler Linus
  Name: Time Traveler Linus
  Artist: Best Buy Design Team
  Sponsor: Best Buy Company, Inc
  Location: Best Buy, 7601 Penn Ave S, Richfield, MN

This is Linus as a time traveler in a modern interpretation of H.G. Wells' time machine. Rather than the carved wooden chair in Wells' machine, Linus has a very spartan looking machine, though still featuring only a single control lever. In the background, we see images of how Linus would have appeared throughout past history. Note that the Best Buy headquarters building is not open to the general public.


Peanuts On Parade - Linus Blankets Saint Paul - Bound To Be Linus
  Name: Bound To Be Linus
  Artist: A. Emily Heaney
  Sponsor: Bound To Be Read
  Location: Premier Bank (Maplewood)

The statue Bound To Be Linus is on display at the Premier Bank in Maplewood. Designed by artist A. Emily Heaney, the statue originally featured Linus with a yellow shirt carrying a book bag, in honor of its sponsor, Bound To Be Read. It has since been repainted with the bank logo. Premier Bank owns two Peanuts statues, which they rotate to their various branches for display.

Update — Linus has been repainted since my photo was taken. The new theme is very similar, but Linus now sports a green and white striped shirt and a baby blue blanket with the Premier Bank logo.


Peanuts On Parade - Linus Blankets Saint Paul - Linus Stops The Puck
  Name: Linus Stops The Puck
  Artist: TivoliToo, Inc.
  Sponsor: Minnesota Wild
  Location: Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul

One of (5) Peanuts statues on display at the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, home ice for the Minnesota Wild professional hockey team. This example is Linus dressed up as a hockey goalie. Despite all the equipment that he is wearing, he still has room for his beloved blanket.


Peanuts On Parade - Linus Blankets Saint Paul - Seeking Philanthropy
  Name: Seeking Philanthropy
  Artist: Shane Anderson and Chuck Anderson
  Sponsor: Saint Paul Foundation
  Location: University of Minnesota Elmer L. Andersen Library

This Linus statue is called Seeking Philanthropy My Dear Watson, with Linus dressed up as famous detective Sherlock Holmes. The statue was designed by artists Shane Anderson and Chuck Anderson and was sponsored by the Saint Paul Foundation. It is on display on the ground floor of the Elmer L. Andersen Library at the University of Minnesota.


Peanuts On Parade - Linus Blankets Saint Paul - Line-Us Around The World
  Name: Line-Us Around The World
  Artist: Danielle Ferrin
  Sponsor: Bremer Bank
  Location: Bremer Bank, Roseville, MN

This world peace themed Linus statue was sponsored by Bremer Bank. During the Linus Blankets Saint Paul event, it was on display in front of the downtown Saint Paul branch of Bremer Bank. It was on display in 2013 at the Roseville bank branch just north of the Rosedale Center Mall. Like several of the statues that I hunted down in late 2012 and 2013, I learned of this one from Peter's Puppets blog.


Peanuts On Parade - Linus Blankets Saint Paul - Life Is A Bowl Full Of Chocolate
  Name: Life Is A Bowl Full Of Chocolate
  Artist: Lori Manke-White
  Sponsor: Candyland
  Location: Candyland, Wabasha Street

Here is Linus featured in Life Is A Bowl Full Of Chocolate. This statue was designed by artist Lori Manke-White, and it was sponsored by the Candyland store on Wabasha Street in downtown Saint Paul. It is one of three Peanuts statues on display on the sidewalk in front of their store.


Peanuts On Parade - Linus Blankets Saint Paul - Happiness Is...A Thing Called Roy
  Name: Happiness Is...A Thing Called Roy
  Artist: Robin Rae
  Sponsor: Keys Cafe
  Location: Keys Cafe, Woodbury

Linus is dressed as a sailor in the statue Happiness Is...A Thing Called Roy. This statue was designed by artist Robin Rae and it was sponsored by Keys Cafe & Bakery. It is on display at the Keys Cafe in Woodbury.


Peanuts On Parade - Linus Blankets Saint Paul - Dr. Linus's Medicine Show
  Name: Dr. Linus's Medicine Show
  Artist: Robert L. Zins
  Sponsor: ProX Pharmacy
  Location: ProX Pharmacy, 5th & Marie, South Saint Paul

Dr. Linus's Medicine Show is on display at the ProX Pharmacy located at 5th and Marie in South Saint Paul. The state was sponsored by the pharmacy, and it was designed by artist Robert L. Zins.

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