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      Governor Dayton sends off Minnesota turkey to White House for National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation

      Posted on November 18, 2011 at 3:46 PM

      Today, Governor Mark Dayton saw off a Minnesota turkey — Ted — to take part in the National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation at the White House next week.

      He was joined by Senator Amy Klobuchar, Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson, Minnesota Turkey Growers Association President Jeff Lindell, and four Future Farmers of America (FFA) students from Willmar High School.

      Lindell, also a turkey farmer from Cannon Falls, Minnesota, announced the donation of $11,200 to Hunger Solutions Minnesota (HSM), which will be used to buy Minnesota grown turkey products for distribution to food shelves across the state. This is enough turkey to feed over 13,000 people.

      Check out the photo below and the Star Tribune's photo gallery for a behind the scenes look.