The winter’s propane shortage isn’t just affecting homeowners. Animals are being impacted, too. Minnesota is the No. 1 turkey producer in the nation. And every winter, turkey farmers go through thousands of gallons of propane to heat barns and keep livestock warm.
Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away, and a northern Minnesota farmer will be in the holiday spotlight. John Burkel of Badger will be presenting his turkeys to President Obama at the White House. Burkel raises 70,000 turkeys a year. He says he’s picked out a handful of his best, and is getting them ready in a heated garden shed for their national debut. Only two of the turkeys will make the trip to the White House, and they’ll be pardoned, not served.
A Brooklyn Park neighborhood has been taken over by turkeys. The neighborhood on West River Road has always had its share of turkeys, but in the past year the population has exploded.
The owner of a central Minnesota turkey barn says he’s out an estimated $500,000 after his barn, which housed 17,000 young turkeys, burned down, the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office says.
Thanksgiving got a lot happier Friday thanks to the Salvation Army.
It used to be a big deal to spot a wild turkey, but now days, they seem to be everywhere. The DNR said this spring’s turkey hunt harvested the third-most turkeys ever in the state of Minnesota.
Two Minnesota grown turkeys get an official send-off at Willmar High School on Monday before going to Washington to be pardoned by President Barack Obama on Wednesday.
In Cannon Falls, people passing by the Ferndale Market could easily assume it’s just like any other store off Highway 52. They’d be wrong.
Minnesota officials estimate more than 105,000 turkeys and up to 1,500 cattle were lost due to the recent heat wave.
The end of the heat wave couldn’t come soon enough for Minnesota turkey growers.
On the open roads in Minnesota, more and more drivers have been running into a small and elusive roadblock: Wild turkeys. They appear to be the cause of a deadly motorcycle crash near Montgomery.
Turkey farming is a huge part of Minnesota’s economy. Minnesota turkey farmers raise 46 million turkeys a year, and the state leads the nation in turkey production, bringing in $600 million to Minnesota’s economy.
The Humane Society of the United States says an undercover investigation shows live baby turkeys are routinely abused at a central Minnesota hatchery.