Mark Dayton sentences turkey to death

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His siblings are set for pardons, but this poor fellow will be dinner later this week.
This year, instead of pardoning a turkey, Governor Mark Dayton sentenced one to death.

During a ceremony today, Dayton officially donated the brother of the turkey that will be pardoned by President Obama to the St. Paul Salvation Army, where it'll be used to feed 80 people. Both turkeys were raised in Minnesota.

Here's a selection of tweets from the governor's official account and from reporters covering today's event: It's all smiles and laughs... for everyone but the condemned turkey, of course.

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