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Cow refuses to cooperate with community festival, makes a run for it

LAPORTE, Minn. - Next year's Laporte Days will be putting out an early request for a domesticated cow, one that will cooperate and play by the rules.

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Sarah Smith, Park Rapids Enterprise

LAPORTE, Minn. - Next year’s Laporte Days will be putting out an early request for a domesticated cow, one that will cooperate and play by the rules. 

This year’s cow bolted through the orange snow fence after brief runs around the grid area, without gracing a single one of the Cow-a-Bunga bingo-like squares with a plop. And it had 360 beauties to pick from, with the "plop" of the cow pie determining who would win a prize.

The chase was on, as people on four-wheelers and the cow owner pursued the animal north and across Highway 200.  It seemed the cow was heading for Canada and after the crowd pursued it, the frightened animal kept on going.

“It was hilarious,” said Chuck Traxel, a member of the Laporte-Benedict Lions Club, which sponsored the event.

He was still laughing Monday.  But he said Laporte lucked out that the cow didn’t hit a motorist, or vice versa, on the highway, which was busy with weekend lake traffic. 

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“They just took it out of a pasture,” he said of the wayward cow. “I wanted a cow that is used to being around people, like one that goes to the fair.” 

With that hitch in the giddy-up, Laporte Days went off without other glitches.  The winner of the Cow-a-Bunga Raffle was picked out of a hat, not from under a cowpie, and the lucky Bemidji resident won $1,800. 

The cow, once eventually caught, was so tuckered out it laid down in its wagon and refused to get up. It was pooped, as the saying goes.

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