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Cowboy visits graders

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Equipped with more tools than a blacksmith, a quicker hand than a gun slinger and a smoother delivery than a desperado, Elmwood's cowboy, Jim Baier, visited fourth and fifth graders to share some of his talents in leather work. Baier told Elmwood's 10- and 11-year-olds of his grandfather, who worked as a horse harness and collar maker in Chetek. These skills were passed down to him, who put them to an award-winning test. At age eight, Baier received a pony saddle at Christmas.

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