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David Samson / The Forum, Published March 25 2012

Portraits: Tom Baker

One wheel is all Tom Baker needs to navigate around the Fargo-Moorhead area. Baker, 21, of Fargo, has been riding the unicycle he named “LaVerne” for the past four years, since receiving it as a birthday gift. Baker started out in his driveway and moved up to off-roading while riding in his home state of Alaska. “I like not having to carry a bike around, and it’s pretty unique. It tests my balance, and it’s a nice hobby to have,” said Baker. He can be seen around town at concerts or on the local bike paths when he is not working at Backyard Adventures and Christmas Decor in Fargo. “People get a kick out of it, and it’s really fun.”