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Donkey basketball coming to Osakis

Mike Peterson from the Backus Fire Department team tries not to fall off of his donkey Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, during the Dairyland Donkey Basketball Show at the Pine River-Backus high school gym in Pine River, Minn. Kelly Humphrey / Forum News Service1 / 2
The Pine River Fire Department team takes on the Scamp Trailers team Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, during the Dairyland Donkey Basketball Show at the Pine River-Backus high school gym in Pine River, Minn. Kelly Humphrey / Forum News Service2 / 2

A different type of basketball will soon be played in Osakis — and it involves animals.

That's right, donkey basketball is coming to Osakis. At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Osakis High School, Dairyland Donkey Ball will return as a fundraiser for the Osakis First Responders.

"It was in Osakis in the 90s, then about six years ago Alex had it and we did it three or four years ago," said organizer and first responder Jason Schultz. "It brought in about $4,500 for us (the Osakis First Responders)."

The event's format is two 16-minute elimination games with a 15-minute intermission in between. There is an eight-minute championship round immediately following the second elimination game.

During the intermission, donkey rides will be given to children in attendance.

While on the gym floor, donkeys wear non-marking and non-scuffing rubber shoes to protect flooring.

Anyone is welcome to take part. The rider fee is $20 and teams consist of eight to 10 people. According to Schultz, riders are needed for four teams.

The show is sponsored by the Osakis First Responders. All proceeds will go to various medical equipment, such as defibrillators and radios.

Advance tickets can be purchased at Osakis True Value, Osakis City Hall, Osakis Elementary School or from any Osakis first responder.

For more information, contact Schultz at 320-491-8476 or jrschultz@arvig.net.

Information about Dairyland Donkey Ball can be found at www.dairylanddonkeyball.com.

Beth Leipholtz

Beth is a reporter at the Echo Press. She graduated from the College of Saint Benedict in May 2015 with a degree in Communication and Hispanic Studies. Journalism has always been her passion, but she also enjoys blogging and graphic design. In her spare time, she's most likely at Crossfit or at home with her boyfriend and three dogs.

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