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'Babe The Blue Ox' Milk Carton Boat Wins Creativity Award

Students competed in the Minneapolis Aquatennial Milk Carton Boat Races Sunday.

Students from Richfield's  shoved off from Southwest Minneapolis'  on Sunday in two craft of unlikely construction. were made entirely of empty paper milk cartons.

And they didn't just stay afloat. They raced across the lake under paddle-power in the annual , and came home with an award from race judges.

Babe's team of sailors took home the creativity award, as students armed paddles with ax heads and dressed like Paul Bunyan. Unfortunately, S.S. Yum Yum II ran into a little trouble. The boat's predecessor, and the team was looking to keep the title.

"Yum Yum got blocked by an out of control boat going off course, so we didn't do well in the other race," Sheila Johnston, a gifted education teacher who helped students build the boats, said. "But kids had fun!"

While both races weren't wins, the well-crafted boats survived with no loss.

"We didn't lose one milk carton and both boats held together for the whole race!" Johnston said.

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Anna Schier July 18, 2012 at 05:51 AM
Wow, how nifty! Congrats to the captains of Babe The Blue Ox and The S.S. Yum Yum II!

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