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Ron Kraemer of Osakis rode his horse, Crow, in the Minnesota State Fair parade honor guard on Friday, August 31. This was Kraemer's 43rd year of service at the fair. (Photo by Roberta Olson)

Ron Kraemer is back in the saddle at State Fair

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Ron Kraemer of Osakis just completed his 43rd year as a Mounted Patrol at the Minnesota State Fair.

Will he make it 44? "I don't really make plans anymore," Kraemer. "I am almost 79 years old!"


Kraemer and his trusty horse, Crow, have worked together at the State Fair for the past 12 or 15 years, he estimated. Before Crow, there were other horses that made the trek from rural Osakis, spending more than two weeks camping on the fairgrounds and serving the public.

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