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Published January 24, 2011, 09:31 AM

Health Officials Nix St. Paul Bar's Plan to Sell Bear Meat

Minnesota health officials put a stop to a bar's plan to sell bear meat during the NFC Championship game.

By: Associated Press,

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota health officials put a stop to a bar's plan to sell bear meat during the NFC Championship game.

Tiffany's Sports Lounge in St. Paul is a favorite gathering spot for Green Bay Packers fans. A cousin of the bar's co-owner shot a 180-pound black bear during Wisconsin's hunting season. Blake Montpetit thought it would be the perfect meal to service at his bar for Sunday's game between the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears. That's until the Department of Health stepped in and nixed the plan because the meat wasn't processed.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press says Montpetit slow roasted the bear anyway and put it on display outside the bar before the game. Then it was taken to Somerset, where Montpetit's cousin served it at a private party.

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