Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The Iron Ox

After the ox came the horse and after the horse came the tractor --- as first choice for farming the land.

I went to the Oklee Centennial Celebration to see Orlin Ostby's ox Pum, but the closest thing I could find was a tractor-pull in the alley off the end of main street --- and an inflatable jumping toy in the likeness of a blue ox. I was too late. Someone said the ox had been there and was the biggest animal she'd ever seen outside of an elephant at the zoo!

Pum and Ostby retraced the 400-mile Pembina trail as part of the Minnesota Sesquicentennial Celebration in 2008. I'm sorry I missed them here at the Oklee Centennial (so close to home!). Hopefully I'll catch up with Orlin and his ox Pum at some later date.

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