Sunday, November 21, 2010

Tournament talk
November 20, 2010

Scores of bleary-eyed fans waiting to cheer
on Goodridge/Grygla-Gatzke rode buses
through the early morning hours Friday to
make it to the Metrodome in time for Blue D
evils' 8 a.m. Nine-Man semifinal kickoff with
Lanesboro. If you think that six-plus-hour
ride was extreme, meet Chris Ostby.

Two years ago the senior two-way lineman
and his ox, Pum, walked roughly 420 miles
from Pembina, N.D., to St. Paul for
Minnesota's sesquicentennial celebration on
the first day of the State Fair because ... well,
take it from the man himself.

"My dad [Orlin] promised 50 years ago to his
neighbor, Delmar Hagen, that he would do it,

and I made a promise to my dad that I would
go with him," Ostby said. "After a few gravel
roads, we just hopped on Hwy. 10 and
started heading south. It was a fun time, lots
of memories."

The trip took 60 days, with overnight stops
at farms and along the roadside to recharge

"That's Chris, just a good-guy goofball,"
Goodridge running back Dillon Olson said.
"That's just something we do, coming from a
small town."

Pum, now 9, took the trip well but likely will
not be around in for the state's bicentennial,
when Ostby plans to again make the trek.

"We're just a big family up there; we take care
of each other and look out for each other,"
he said.

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