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  • ESPN ‘GameDay’ planning some woodchipper riffs? You betcha!

  • The infamous woodchipper from the film “Fargo” will be on hand when the city that bears the movie’s name gets some national attention Saturday morning.
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  • The infamous woodchipper from the film “Fargo” will be on hand when the city that bears the movie’s name gets some national attention Saturday morning.
    “College GameDay,” the weekly ESPN college football show, is broadcasting live from 8 to 11 a.m. in downtown Fargo Saturday, and the woodchipper from the Coen brothers’ movie will be on site, said Charley Johnson, president/CEO of the Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. The woodchipper is usually on display at the CVB’s visitor center.
    Johnson said the woodchipper will be within the ESPN security perimeter on Saturday and will presumably be used by the ESPN crew in some way.
    “We don’t know what they’re going to do with it,” Johnson said.
    When College GameDay host Chris Fowler announced on ESPN last week that they were going “off the grid” to come to Fargo, co-host Desmond Howard immediately said, “That was a really good movie.”
    Fowler responded, “It’s more than the movie and the woodchipper.”
    The visitors’ center bought the woodchipper years ago from Milo Durben, a key grip who had worked on the film. The bureau also owns a replica of the woodchipper, which will be at the event Saturday and won’t be behind the security line so people can’t take photos in front of it, Johnson said.
    Johnson said the woodchipper from the movie is a real, gas-powered woodchipper, or at least it was when they got it. Durben used to use the woodchipper at his home before he struck a deal with visitors’ center, Johnson said.
    “We’re not going to turn it on,” Johnson said with a laugh. “It hasn’t run since we’ve gotten it. I just assumed that it didn’t run, frankly.”

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