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Minnesota turkeys on their way to the White House

Two turkeys from Minnesota will be pardoned by President Barack Obama


Two toms who would typically make their way to Minnesota's Northern Pride, Inc. - a turkey processing facility in Thief River Falls will take a different trip this fall. Instead, Minnesota turkey grower John Burkel will send the two male turkeys to the White House to be pardoned by President Obama.

According to a statement from the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association, Burkel, who is the 2013 Chairman of the National Turkey Federation, is the 12th Minnesotan to present pardoned birds to a U.S. president. The first Thanksgiving Day Turkey was presented to President Harry S. Truman in 1947.

"They'll go to Mt. Vernon, George Washington's home and stay at Mt. Vernon through the holidays, typically through New Year's," Burkel told KARE 11, referring to the turkeys. "Then, they go to a farm called, Morgan Park in Virginia."

*Image of John Burkel from Minnesota Turkey Growers Facebook page.