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Wild turkeys are plentiful once again in Minnesota

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As is often told, Benjamin Franklin, whether as a joke or not, proposed that the United States adopt the wild turkey as its national emblem. It was argued that the bald eagle, a scavenger and thief by nature, should not be held to such high regard because of these and other unbecoming qualities.

The wild turkey, he countered, possessed no such traits and, besides, was a bird that fellow countrymen could put to use. In other words, one can eat a turkey, but not an eagle.

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