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Joe Dahlby and Earl Speckman, left to right, with the mules Rufus and Rowdy. The pair, and the mules, recently completed a 340-mile trip to Joice, Iowa, to raise money for hospice and palliative care. Molly Miron | Pioneer Photo

Adventures, appreciation, pledges: Wagon trek was trip of lifetime

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BEMIDJI — On April 22, a span of dark bay mules named Rufus and Rowdy clopped out of the Bemidji Homecare and Hospice lot pulling a covered wagon. Newly shod with their first set of iron shoes needed to protect hooves on paved roads, their destination was 340 miles south to Joice, Iowa.

Their mission — to raise awareness and financial support for hospice and palliative care.

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