Linus Finds A Friend In Postal Credit Union

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Postal Credit Union here is sponsoring a Linus statue, one of 92 that can be found all over St. Paul.

The "Linus Blankets Saint Paul" effort is a tribute to late cartoonist Charles Schulz, native Minnesotan and creator of the Peanuts comic strip. This is the fourth consecutive year of tributes, starting with Snoopy in 2000, Charlie Brown in 2001, and Lucy in 2002.

The credit union's "Beary Smart Saver Linus" is located in the heart of downtown St. Paul in Rice Park. Designed by artist Shane Anderson, the statue features the Peanuts character holding a blue piggy bank and wearing a Bucky Bear costume, PCU's kids club mascot.

"Through living in St. Paul, I can see how well the statues and the whole tribute to Charles Schulz has been received over the past few years," said Cindy Noldy, Marketing Manager at PCU. "I thought that it would be a great opportunity for us to get our name out there using a different avenue than we have ever done before, and at the same time, be part of the whole community celebration."

Postal CU said it will bid on its statue when its included as part of an auction of all of the statues after they're assembled in Lanmark Plaza Park. During the past three years, $1.7 million has been raised selling the statues of Snoopy, Charlie Brown and Lucy. The money raised goes toward art scholarships to the College of Visual Arts and the Minneapolis School of Art & Design, a permanent tribute to Charles Schulz, and is used in various St. Paul promotions.

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