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Dragon stolen from shelterbelt

This dragon sculpture by Jim Vance has disappeared from his rural Barton County home. Along with the dragon head and neck shown here, a long pointy tail piece was also taken from the other end of the shelter belt.

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About 11 years ago, Jim Vance’s grandson told him every forest needs a dragon. Not long after, one appeared in the rural Claflin resident’s shelterbelt.
How it got there wasn’t really a mystery. Vance wanted to build an airplane out of fiberglass and epoxy, but first he wanted some experience using the material. So he made a big green dragon head with an 8-foot long neck, tied the assembly to some pipes and hung it so it emerges from the trees. The “body” of the dragon appears to be hidden by the trees, but 30 feet away ...

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