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HURON, S.D. – Every Thanksgiving, the President of the United States is gifted a turkey – and usually pardons it as a Thanksgiving tradition.

This year, for the first time, that special turkey will come from right here in South Dakota.

At just around six weeks old, nearly 50 turkeys on a turkey farm in Riverside Colony near Huron are living the “suite life.”

“They have air conditioning on this hot day that we don’t,” said Jeff Sveen, Chairman of the National Turkey Federation and Chairman of the Board of Dakota Provisions. “They’re fed a nice, special diet.”

That’s because they’re primping to become presidential turkeys…


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