Media Advisory

For immediate release



Lara Durben, Minnesota Turkey Growers Association

Ph: 763/682-2171 | Cell: 612/554-0920



Governor Dayton to Talk Turkey with  

Minnesota's Turkey Industry 

2011 Presidential Turkey Hopefuls will be Part of Event 



MTGA's annual Thanksgiving presentation with Governor Mark Dayton

The MTGA will bring two live turkeys from Minnesota's "2011 Presidential Flock" to this presentation.



Friday, November 18, 2011



1:00 p.m.



Governor's Reception Room, State Capitol, St. Paul



The Honorable Mark Dayton, Governor of the State of Minnesota

Senator Amy Klobuchar

MTGA President Jeff Lindell (turkey farmer from CANNON FALLS)

FFA Students from Willmar High School (invited)

MTGA Executive Director Steve Olson (from BUFFALO)     

Colleen Moriarty, Executive Director, Hunger Solutions Minnesota (invited)



This is a traditional holiday ritual at the State Capitol. In addition to talking about the 2011 Presidential Flock and the pardon coming from President Obama prior to Thanksgiving, the Governor will be recognizing the MTGA's annual donation to Hunger Solutions Minnesota.


NOTE:The two turkeys will come from the Presidential Flock raised in Willmar, Minnesota. Two of the turkeys from this flock - which were cared for in part by four FFA students from Willmar High School - will be chosen over the weekend of November 19-20 to make the trip to the White House to be pardoned by President Obama.


For details on the 2011 Presidential Flock, visit


For more information on the above event, please contact MTGA Communications Director Lara Durben at 763/682-2171 or, or Governor Dayton's office at 651/296-3391.


A press release and fact sheet on Minnesota's turkey industry will be available at the event and will be posted to


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About MTGA

MTGA is a nonprofit trade organization that began in 1939 with a mission to foster a successful turkey industry in Minnesota. The state ranks #1 for turkey production and processing in the U.S. with its 250 turkey farmers raising approximately 46 million turkeys annually. Minnesota has the most family-owned turkey farms of any state in the U.S. and many of these turkey farmers are 3rd, 4th and 5th generation farmers. For more information, visit or

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