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Lawmakers host turkey burger cookout at Capitol

With more than five million birds now destroyed because of avian flu, legislators are looking for ways to support the turkey industry and reassure consumers that it’s safe to eat.

GOP state Sen. Jeremy Miller getting a turkey burger.
MinnPost photo by Briana Bierschbach

Minnesota legislators continue to support the state’s turkey industry — and assure consumers that it’s safe to eat turkey — by holding  a turkey burger cookout at lunch today on the Capitol grounds.

Legislators have already authorized $900,000 in state emergency funding to help in the avian flu crisis which has led Minnesota farmers to destroy more than five million birds. More state aid is likely.

Rural legislators are hosting today’s cookout, which is free and open to the public. It runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the lawn in front of the Capitol.

Last week, Gov. Mark Dayton served a turkey lunch to his interns to reassure consumers.

GOP state Sen. Carla Nelson serving burgers.
MinnPost photo by Briana Bierschbach
GOP state Sen. Carla Nelson serving burgers.