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By Ike Fredregill
Laramie Boomerang 

Branding time draws community together for hard work, food


LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Spitting out a mouthful of blood, I clambered to my feet and tried to regain my bearings.

A large calf wheeled around me and sped off toward the branded herd.

As riders trotted out to bring it back, several people approached me with the same caution I'd seen them use with a wild horse.

"Well?" Cow Camp Ranch co-owner Nell Kenehan asked. "You still got all your teeth?"

My tongue took silent inventory before I wriggled my jaw and nodded yes.

Tremors of pain rippled through my face as Nell assessed the damage, said a few quick words of consolation and returned her attent...

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