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Students work Thursday with the group of turkeys from which the bird to be presented to President Barack Obama will be chosen later this month. Forum Communications Co.

Willmar students grooming turkey for presidential pardon

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WILLMAR - For 64 years there has been a National Thanksgiving Turkey at the White House. Until 1989, those turkeys ended up on the Thanksgiving Day table. Since then, the act of getting a presidential pardon has become a popular media event and an opportunity to promote the turkey industry.

This year the official bird is coming from Willmar, a town that's done more than its share to make Minnesota the No. 1 turkey-producing state in the country.

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