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Published October 24, 2013, 07:42 PM

One local turkey could get a special pardon by President Obama

Most turkeys end up on the dinner table -- but there is one each year that gets a special pardon by President Barack Obama. This year, that turkey could be local.

By: Victor Correa, WDAZ

Most turkeys end up on the dinner table -- but there is one each year that gets a special pardon by President Barack Obama. This year, that turkey could be local.

In Badger, Minnesota, the family of the National Turkey Federation Chairman John Burkel -- is raising a finalist for the turkey that will be pardoned at the White House. These Turkeys have really brought the Badger community together.

The entire senior high school class will be accompanying the Burkel family to Washtington D.C. The class has even been chosen to be the group to place the wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at the Arlington National Memorial -- during the changing of the guards.

Since word got around the town of Badger that a local Turkey, could be the guest of honor at the D.C. ceremony, both the Burkel family and the school have worked together. John Burkel has been raising the turkeys -- and the senior class has been studying the them for science classes. The trip will cost the group roughly 18 thousand dollars -- 16 of which has already been raised by the students, faculty and community through various fundraisers.

The white house has not made a choice yet on the turkey -- the Burkel family will know if they've been formally chosen if they receive an invitation from the white house. But everyone in town is saying it's a pretty good possibility.

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