Wednesday, July 22, 2009

For Father Tom Foster of Duluth, the Head of the Lakes Fair is a chance to introduce one flock to another

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For Tom Foster of Duluth, the Head of the Lakes Fair is a chance to introduce one flock to another. The Catholic priest serves as full-time chaplain at St. Mary’s Medical Center and for the 148th Air Fighter Wing of the Minnesota Air National Guard, both in Duluth. He also cares for about 100 sheep on his Maple farm.

“A priest with a flock,” joked Randy Markon of Maple.

“Thousands call me father,” Foster admitted after wrangling a particularly feisty ewe lamb into the livestock pavilion Tuesday.

After helping his nieces and nephews show sheep at fairs in Minnesota recently, the priest takes his hobby to Superior this week for the fair. . . . Superior Telegram

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