Carl Showalter knew of the motel as a place to meet hookers and possibly stayed there prior to 1987.
On a Tuesday night in late January 1987, Carl and Gaear Grimsrud checked into the Blue Ox while en route to Minneapolis, Minnesota. After having sex with two hookers, the four watched The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Around 3 AM Wednesday morning, one of the criminals called Shep Proudfoot from a payphone in the lobby.
Behind the scenes
- In the film, Marge inaccurately states that the Blue Ox is located outside of Brainerd off I-35. In reality, I-35 runs north and south between Duluth and Minneapolis, about 80 miles east of Brainerd.
- The Blue Ox is a fictional motel. It was filmed at Stockman's Truck Stop in South Saint Paul, Minnesota.