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Bob Anderson of Kandiyohi will make take his eighth trip to the Minnesota State Fair this year as one of 20 mounted security personnel. He says his 16-year-old mare Piper is perfect for the job. "I believe she'd ride the Ferris wheel if they had a place for her," he said. (Submitted photo)

Patrolling the fair from on high

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Different jobs require different horses. Bob Anderson knows that better than anyone.

For his cross-country trip on horseback in 1996, he needed one that had endurance. He found it in an Arabian named Coach. It brought him from his home in rural Kandiyohi all the way to his brother's place in Pinedale, Wyo.

This year, for his 12 days of mounted security patrol at the Minnesota State Fair, he needs one that can handle the crowds. He has that in Piper, a 16-year-old mare.

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