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Badger, MN Man Presents Presidential Turkey

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  A local, tom turkey, along with its owner were in the Presidential spotlight today.

  John Burkel of Badger, Minnesota was at the White House to present the turkey to President Obama as part of the annual event.

President Obama: "I salute Popcorn and Caramel. The came all the way from outside Badger, Minnesota."

John Burkel, Badger, MN: "He's been fairly cooperative."

  John Burkel of Badger, Minnesota raises 70-thousand turkeys a year. He took two of his best to Washington D.C., and today, a national online vote picked "Popcorn" as the winner.

President Obama: "Proving that even a turkey with a funny name can find a place in politics. As far as Caramel, he's sticking around and he's already busy raising money for next year's campaign."

 Today, Popcorn and Carmel, the other turkey who made the trip, both received Presidential pardons.

  The President took note of Burkel and the entire Badger High School Senior class of 15-students, who also made the trip to D.C..

President Obama: "We're also excited to have students from Badger High School here. There they are. Finally, let me say thank-you to John Burkel, Chairman of the National Turkey Federation. Give him a big round of applause."  

  Burkel's pardoned turkeys will spend the holiday season wandering the grounds of Mt. Vernon, before being retired to a park in Virginia.


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