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Published September 28, 2012, 08:55 PM

Audubon man builds a 15-foot wooden cow in his front yard

Audubon, MN (WDAY TV) -- An Audubon man spent the last month building, a huge wooden structure for his front yard.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Audubon, MN (WDAY TV) -- An Audubon man spent the last month building, a huge wooden structure for his front yard.

It's a cow and it was originally to be a key part of his birthday party,

now he has new plans.

On a farm just south of Audubon, tucked away among the fall leaves, geese, and roosters

"I haven't planned it but I think something will happen"

Now stands a new animal in the pasture, 15 feet long and more than 10 feet tall.

Dennis Lange: "I think it's nearly as big as Babe the Blue Ox in Bemidji, except for its head."

Dennis Lange is a veterinarian who has worked with cows for years.

Female, male? As you wish. It's like those old time dolls you got that were unspecific.

But has never made his own, until now.

Dennis Lange: "I've heard about the Burning Man festival in Nevada, which I've never gotten to go to so I thought we'd have a burning cow one here."

And out of many weekend hours, help from his son, and scrap wood from his chicken coop, grew this sizable steer.

Dennis: "You can see it wasn't measured twice and cut once, it was sort of slapped up."

An animal turning heads on these country roads.

Abigail Lange/Dennis Lange's wife: "Well it's been fun. It's been exciting. We've had a lot of questions, a lot of company, a lot of people stop by."

The cow began as a birthday project, set to burn at Dennis's 60th birthday party, but now may stay standing until at least New Years.

Dennis: "I grew attached to it. I didn't want to give it up really."

Abigail: "I think he's probably going to give it a lot of pardons."

But if Dennis does have the strength to ever light the match.

Dennis: "I think its fate is sealed, it's just a question of when."

He says it will make for quite the bonfire.

Dennis says he still plans to fill in the cow's belly and add a tail, then maybe give it some holiday spirit.

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