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Roger the "Glyndon Gobbler" Turkey Dies

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An iconic trademark of Glyndon, Minnesota is gone. Over the weekend, the turkey, named Roger, who has been in the town for months was hit by a car.

Chief of Police, Michael Cline, says "Everyone in town knew him."

Karen Barbee of Glyndon says, "I think he was getting a little too brave."

In the otherwise quiet town of Glyndon, tragedy struck over the weekend.

"Unfortunately, we had a code 100, which is a dead body," says Chief Cline.

The town's friend Roger, the Glyndon Gobbler, Turkey was hit.

Chief Cline says, "It was a 1050, hit and run. Apparently he was struck accidentally."

It was just a few feet away from Roger's normal hang out, where officers found him on Sunday in the ditch.

"Kind of sad. We hadn't seen him for a couple days so we kind of figured something was going on," says Barbee.

Roger had been through it all. At rock bottom, he was peeping in people's windows, got caught and was thrown in jail. But he cleaned up his act and became a member of the Minnesota State Highway Patrol.

Trooper: Woah!

Guy in Car: Is that your back up?

Roger: Gobble, gobble, gobble.

"If anyone did a traffic stop within city limits, he would be there to help back you up," says Chief Cline.

"I'm going to miss him. He's kind of like the town mascot," says Barbee.

He was a kind soul, who would play with children and be a friend to anyone. There's still some food and a few muddy footprints outside his old hang out. But as he would strut and fly around town, he's now flown up to heaven.

"He's probably got an angel halo. He's probably go all the food he wants now."

Roger was taken by Glyndon police and buried in the country. They saved some of his feathers. The Glyndon city website will also soon have a Roger memorial page.

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