A donkey basketball game in Osakis Saturday, Jan. 27 provided fun entertainment for a good cause - the Osakis First Responders.

About 600 people came out to the Osakis High School for Dairyland Donkey Ball.

First, they watched two 16-minute elimination games. The first one featured local business people going up against local firefighters, emergency medical services personnel and law enforcement officers. Then, Osakis teachers then took on community members.

After that, the winners - the business people and the teachers - battled for the championship and the teachers prevailed.

During intermission, free donkey rides were provided to children 12 and younger. About 150 children took a ride.

As of Monday morning, organizers were crunching the numbers to see how much money was raised. First responder Jason Schultz estimated that the ticket sales from the event brought in just over $5,000.

All proceeds will go to various medical equipment, such as defibrillators and radios.

Those interested in joining the Osakis First Responders may contact Schultz at 320-491-8476 or email jrschultz@arvig.net.

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

The emcees for the event were Kirsten Wessel and Randy Bergquist. Muriah Adolphsen sand the National Anthem. Members of the Close Up student group helped with ticket sales and "pooper scooper" duties.

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