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MTGA Offers Scholarship Program

NEWS RELEASE For immediate release Contact: Lara Durben, 763/682-2171 or ldurben@minnesotaturkey.com MN Turkey Growers Association Offers Scholarship Program (Buffalo, MN) … The Minnesota Turkey Growers Association is pleased to announce its 2013 Ranelius Scholarship Program, designed to encourage students enrolled in a post-secondary educational institution in Minnesota to prepare for a career in some phase of the […]

Agriculture Program Specialist / Communications Assistant Position Open

Agriculture Program Specialist / Communications Assistant An association located in Buffalo, MN seeks an outgoing, detail-oriented person with excellent verbal and written communications skills and enthusiasm for agriculture for a full-time Agriculture Program Specialist / Communications Assistant. Position includes the following duties: Coordinating a variety of membership programs and events Assisting with educational, public relations […]

MN Turkey Announces Donation of 1,180 turkeys to Hunger Solutions Minnesota

For immediate release Contact: Lara Durben (ldurben@minnesotaturkey.com) or 763/682-2171 Governor Dayton, Minnesota’s Turkey Farmers Usher in Thanksgiving MTGA Announces Donation of 11,150 Pounds of Turkey to Hunger Solutions Minnesota St. Paul, MN (November 20, 2012) – A Minnesota-raised tom turkey and the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) paid a visit to Governor Mark Dayton today at […]

10 Fun Facts about Minnesota Turkey & Turkey To Go Concession

For immediate release Contact:                                                                                                       Lara Durben, Minnesota Turkey Growers Association, Ph: 763/682-2171 (office),  612/554-0920 (mobile), ldurben@minnesotaturkey.com   Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) has been serving up turkey at the Minnesota State Fair for 54 years (since 1958).  Our State Fair concession stand, Turkey To Go, is known for its signature Giant Juicy Turkey Sandwich […]

Minnesota’s Turkey Farmers Proud of Turkey To Go’s Ever-Expanding Reach

PRESS RELEASE For immediate release   Contact:                                                                                                       Lara Durben, Minnesota Turkey Growers Association Ph: 763/682-2171 (office) or 612/554-0920 (cell) ldurben@minnesotaturkey.com   Minnesota’s Turkey Farmers Proud of Turkey To Go’s Ever-Expanding Reach Hunger Solutions MN To Receive Portion of Every State Fair Sale (Buffalo, MN) … Now in its 54th year at the Minnesota State […]

MTGA Announces Allied Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

PRESS RELEASE For immediate release Contact:              Lara Durben,  763/682-2171 or ldurben@minnesotaturkey.com MTGA Announces Allied Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Jerry Isley, Willmar Poultry Company, Honored (Buffalo, MN) … Jerry Isley, the long-time general manager of PALS (a subsidiary of Willmar Poultry Company) was honored for his many years of service to Minnesota’s turkey industry at  the […]

MTGA Welcomes New Allied Director to Board

News Release For immediate release Contact:  Lara Durben Phone:   (763) 682-2171 E-mail:            ldurben@minnesotaturkey.com   (Buffalo, MN )  … The Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) has appointed Jeff Stauffenecker, Willmar, Minn., as the newest Allied Director to its Board. Stauffenecker is co-owner of Protein Alliance, which represents Northern Pride Cooperative in the sales of […]

MN Turkey Council Board Election Results Announced

For immediate release Contact:  Lara Durben Phone:    (763) 682-2171 E-mail:     lara@minnesotaturkey.com   MN Turkey Council Board Election Results Announced Directors Hail from Viking, Morristown, Melrose, Litchfield and Kensington (Buffalo, MN)…Five people have been elected to the 16-member Minnesota Turkey Research and Promotion Council (MTRPC) Board of Directors according to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), […]

MTGA Announces 2012-13 President, Executive Committee

For immediate release                                                Contact:  Lara Durben Phone:   (763) 682-2171 E-mail:   lara@minnesotaturkey.com MTGA Announces 2012-13 President, Executive Committee Officers Hail from Roseau, Northfield and Pelican Rapids   (Buffalo, MN)… Duane Jaenicke, P & Turkeys Inc., Roseau, Minn., has been elected President of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) and Minnesota Turkey Research and Promotion […]

Outgoing MTGA Board Directors Honored for Service, Dedication to Turkey Industry

For immediate release Contact:  Lara Durben Phone:   (763) 682-2171 E-mail:   lara@minnesotaturkey.com   Outgoing MTGA Board Directors Honored for Service, Dedication to Turkey Industry (Buffalo, MN)… Rick Klaphake of Melrose, Minn., Jeff Lindell of Cannon Falls, Minn., and Jim Trites of Henning, Minn., were honored by the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) for their […]

Willmar FFA Students, Life-Science Innovations Staffer Honored

News Release For immediate release Contact:  Lara Durben Phone:   (763) 682-2171 E-mail:   lara@minnesotaturkey.com Willmar FFA Students, Life-Science Innovations Staffer Honored (Buffalo, MN )  … The Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) has honored five individuals this year for their extraordinary promotion of Minnesota turkey and their dedication and commitment to the goals of the […]

Turkey Guys, Inc. Receives Turkey Promoter of the Year Award

For immediate release Contact:  Lara Durben Phone:   (763) 682-2171 E-mail:   lara@minnesotaturkey.com Turkey Guys, Inc. Receives Turkey Promoter of the Year Award (Buffalo, MN )  … The Minnesota Turkey Research and Promotion Council (MTRPC) has honored Turkey Guys, Inc. with its 2012 “Turkey Promoter of the Year” award. Turkey Guys, Inc. – owned by […]

Turkey Farmer Honored with MTGA’s Most Prestigious Award

For immediate release Contact:  Lara Durben Phone:   (763) 682-2171 E-mail:   lara@minnesotaturkey.com Turkey Farmer Honored with MTGA’s Most Prestigious Award (Buffalo, MN )  … The Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) presented its prestigious Ranelius Award to long-time turkey farmer Gilbert Klaphake, Melrose, Minn., at its annual meeting on March 14 in Saint Paul, Minn. […]

MTGA Announces Ranelius Scholarship Recipients

For immediate release Contact:  Lara Durben Phone:   (763) 682-2171 E-mail:   lara@minnesotaturkey.com   MTGA Announces Ranelius Scholarship Recipients (Buffalo, MN )  … The Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) presented six Ranelius Scholarship awards to worthy high school and college students at its annual meeting on March 14 in Saint Paul, Minn. This is a […]

MTGA Offers Scholarship Program

Contact: Lara Durben Phone: 763/682-2171 Email: lara@minnesotaturkey.com (Buffalo, MN) … The Minnesota Turkey Growers Association is pleased to announce its 2012 Ranelius Scholarship Program, designed to encourage students enrolled in a post-secondary educational institution in Minnesota to prepare for a career in some phase of the turkey industry. A total of $5,000 is available for […]

Governor Dayton, Senator Klobuchar Help Send Off Presidential Turkeys to White House for Pardon

MTGA Also Announces Donation of $11,200 to Hunger Solutions Minnesota   Press Release For Immediate Release Contact: Lara Durben, MTGA Communications Director, 763/682-2171 or lara@minnesotaturkey.com St. Paul, MN (November 18, 2011) – Two very Presidential turkeys and the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) paid a visit to Governor Mark Dayton today at the State Capital […]

Name That National Thanksgiving Turkey Contest Opens November 1

PRESS RELEASE Contact:  Lara Durben, Minnesota Turkey Growers Association at 763/682-2171 or lara@minnesotaturkey.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Willmar, MN – November 1, 2011) – Minnesota residents have an opportunity to submit name suggestions for a pair of turkeys that are being raised in order to be presented to President Obama later this month. The top names […]

Willmar Poultry Company, MTGA Raising Presidential Turkey Hopeful

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts: Jenn Baumgartner, Life-Science Innovations at 320/222-9750 ext 2710 Lara Durben, Minnesota Turkey Growers Association at 763/682-2171   If invited by the White House, Willmar Poultry Company (WPC) executive, Rick Huisinga, will present President Obama and his family with the 2011 National Thanksgiving Turkey in November. Huisinga will have this honor as […]

Turkey To Go: A State Fair Mainstay that’s Expanding Across the Twin Cities!

Contact:                                                                                                       Lara Durben, Minnesota Turkey Growers Association – Ph: 763/682-2171 or lara@minnesotaturkey.com   (Buffalo, MN) … What do the Minnesota State Fair, Target Field and the Twin Cities mobile food cart scene all have in common?  Turkey To Go – home of the Giant Juicy Turkey Sandwich! Now in its 53rd year, Turkey To […]

10 Fun Facts about Minnesota Turkey and Turkey To Go Concession

Contact:                                                                                                       Lara Durben, Minnesota Turkey Growers Association Ph: 763/682-2171 (office),  612/554-0920 (cell), lara@minnesotaturkey.com   Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) has been serving up turkey at the Minnesota State Fair for 53 years (since 1958).  Our State Fair concession stand, Turkey To Go, is known for its signature Giant Juicy Turkey Sandwich and Slow-Roasted Turkey […]

Minnesota Farmers Offer “Free Groceries for a Year!”

PRESS RELEASE For immediate release Contact:                                                                                                       Lara Durben, Minnesota Turkey Growers Association – lara@minnesotaturkey.com or 763/682-2171   (Buffalo, MN) … Kent Meschke and John Gorton, turkey farmers from Minnesota, are two of the 13 farmers offering all Minnesota residents a chance to win free groceries for an entire year* and two $1,000 grocery prizes. […]

MTGA Announces 2011 Allied Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

  For immediate release Contact:Lara Durben,763/682-2171 or lara@minnesotaturkey.com PHOTO – BOB PETERSEN (Buffalo, MN) … A well-known “turkey specialist” from Belgrade, MN was honored for his many years of service to Minnesota’s turkey industry atthe Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) Summer Meeting earlier this month in Red Wing, MN. Bob Petersen, retired from Willmar Poultry […]

Turkey To Go Opens at Target Field for 2011 Twins Season

PRESS RELEASE For immediate release Contacts: Drew Levin, Turkey To Go  | (352) 246-8321 |  drewlevin68@gmail.com    Steve Olson, MTGA |  (763) 682-2171  | steve@minnesotaturkey.com Turkey To Go Opens at Target Field for 2011 Minnesota Twins Season (March 29, 2011) … Turkey To Go, known for its concession at the Minnesota State Fair, mobile food […]

MTGA Welcomes New Allied Director to Board

For immediate release Contact: Lara Durben – (763) 682-2171 or lara@minnesotaturkey.com       (Buffalo, MN )  … The Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) has appointed Errol Lagred of Best Veterinary Solutions, Willmar, Minn., as the newest Allied Director to its Board. Lagred has spent many years in the turkey industry, first as a farm […]

MTGA Executive Director Honored for 10 Years of Service

      For immediate release Contact: Lara Durben – (763) 682-2171 or lara@minnesotaturkey.com Photo – Steve Olson (Buffalo, MN ) … The Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) has honored Steve Olson, Executive Director of the organization, for his 10 years of service and employment. “I’ve gotten to know Steve well over the past several […]

MTGA Announces Ranelius Scholarship Recipients

        For immediate release Contact: Lara Durben – (763) 682-2171 orlara@minnesotaturkey.com Photo – Breanna Wimmler (Katie Zenk not pictured) (Buffalo, MN )… The Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) presented two Ranelius Scholarship awards to worthy college students at its annual meeting on March 16 in St. Paul, Minn. This is a competitive […]

MTGA Announces 2011 Ranelius Award Recipient

    For immediate release Contact: Lara Durben - (763) 682-2171 or lara@minnesotaturkey.com Photo – Russ Christianson (Buffalo, MN )… The Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) presented its prestigious Ranelius Award to Russ Christianson, General Manager of Northern Pride Cooperative in Thief River Falls, Minn., at its annual meeting on March 16 in St. Paul. “The […]

Minnesota Turkey Promoters of the Year Announced

  For immediate release Contact: Lara Durben – (763) 682-2171 or lara@minnesotaturkey.com Photo – Candy Freeman Photo – Marilyn McAlpine (Buffalo, MN )… The Minnesota Turkey Research and Promotion Council (MTRPC) has honored Candy Freeman of Melrose High School, Melrose, Minn., and Marilyn McAlpine, retired MTRPC Certified Home Economist, Stillwater, Minn., with the “Turkey Promoter […]

Badger, Minn. Turkey Farmer Honored with MTGA President’s Award

    For immediate release Contact: Lara Durben – (763) 682-2171orlara@minnesotaturkey.com Photo – John Burkel (Buffalo, MN )… The Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) has honored John Burkel, a turkey farmer from Badger, Minn., for showing true dedication and commitment to the goals of the association. “John has gone above and beyond the call of […]

Outgoing MTGA Board Directors Honored for Service

      For immediate release Contact: Lara Durben – (763) 682-2171 or lara@minnesotaturkey.com Photo – Kim Gorans Photo – Gregg Veldman   (Buffalo, MN)…Kim Gorans of Willmar, Minn., and Gregg Veldman of Becker, Minn., were honored by the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) for their many years of service to the organization’s Board of Directors […]

MN Turkey Council Board Election Results Announced

        For immediate release Contact: Lara Durben, (763) 682-2171 orlara@minnesotaturkey.com Directors Hail from Redwood Falls, Roseau, Little Falls, Willmar and Cokato (Buffalo, MN)…Five people have been elected to the 16-member Minnesota Turkey Research and Promotion Council (MTRPC) Board of Directors according to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), the agency responsible for […]

MTGA Announces 2011-12 President, Executive Committee

For immediate release Contact: Lara Durben, (763) 682-2171 or lara@minnesotaturkey.com Officers Hail from Cannon Falls, Roseau, Northfield and Little Falls Executive Committee Photo |  President Lindell Photo (Buffalo, MN)… Jeff Lindell, Cannon Falls, Minn., has been elected President of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) and Minnesota Turkey Research and Promotion Council (MTRPC) for 2011-2012. “I […]

MTGA Congratulates Frederickson on Appointment

NEWS RELEASE For immediate release Contact: Lara Durben Phone: 763/682-2171 Email: lara@minnesotaturkey.com Minnesota Turkey Growers Association Congratulates Frederickson on Appointment (Buffalo, MN) … Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) congratulates Dave Frederickson on being appointed by Governor-elect Mark Dayton to serve as the next commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA). “Dave Frederickson brings a […]

Governor Pawlenty, Minnesota’s Turkey Farmers Honor Thanksgiving

Contact: Lara Durben 763-682-2171 or lara@minnesotaturkey.com MTGA Donates 16,700 Pounds of Minnesota-Grown Turkey to Food Shelves St. Paul, MN (November 20, 2010) – Governor Tim Pawlenty and the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) continued a time-honored tradition today by talking turkey at the State Capitol. At the event, MTGA President Kent Meschke, Little Falls, MN […]

Minnesota Turkey Farmers Care About What You Care About

Press Release Contact: Lara Durben, 763/682-2171 or lara@minnesotaturkey.com (Buffalo, MN) – For Minnesota’s turkey farmers and their families, raising healthy turkeys is the #1 priority. “For those of us who raise poultry, livestock and crops, farming is both our livelihood and our profession,” said Kent Meschke, a turkey farmer from Little Falls, MN and President […]

Minnesota Turkey Utilizing Social Media to Talk Turkey

Press Release Contact: Lara Durben, 763/682-2171 or lara@minnesotaturkey.com (Buffalo, MN) – Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) and Minnesota Turkey Research & Promotion Council (MTRPC) are now talking turkey to the masses on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. “As the nation’s #1 producing state for turkey, we’re thrilled to announce we have jumped on the social media […]

10 Fun Facts – Turkey To Go and Minnesota Turkey

For immediate release Contact: Vanessa Tait, Group Leaf LLC Lara Durben, Minnesota Turkey Growers Association Ph: 651/308-8027 Ph: 763/682-2171 (office) or 612/554-0920 (cell) vanessa@groupleaf.com lara@minnesotaturkey.com 1. The Minnesota Turkey Growers Association has been serving up turkey at the Minnesota State Fair for 52 years (since 1958). Our State Fair concession stand, Turkey To Go, is […]

MN Turkey Farmer Offers Free Groceries for a Year

For immediate release Contact: Vanessa Tait, Group Leaf LLC Lara Durben, Minnesota Turkey Growers Association Ph: 651/308-8027 Ph: 763/682-2171 (office) or 612/554-0920 (cell) vanessa@groupleaf.com lara@minnesotaturkey.com Visit www.FarmersFeedUs.org to sign up (Buffalo, MN) … Kent Meschke, a turkey farmer from Little Falls, MN, is one of nine farmers offering all Minnesota residents a chance to win […]

Turkey To Go: A State Fair Staple Since 1958!

For immediate release Contact: Vanessa Tait, Group Leaf LLC Lara Durben, Minnesota Turkey Growers Association Ph: 651/308-8027 Ph: 763/682-2171 (office) or 612/554-0920 (cell) vanessa@groupleaf.com lara@minnesotaturkey.com Turkey Drumstick Goes “Buffalo”; Concession Stand Gets Facelift (Buffalo, MN) … Now it its 52nd year, Turkey To Go concession will serve up the tastiest turkey at the 2010 Minnesota […]

Minnesota’s Farmers Offer “Free Groceries for a Year!”

For immediate release Minneapolis, MN. (Aug. 9, 2010) – Whoever said there’s no such thing as a free lunch has never met Minnesota’s farmers. In fact, they are offering the chance for all Minnesota residents to win a free breakfast, lunch and dinner by way of free groceries– for an entire year. Beginning today, Minnesota […]

Turkey To Go Goes Mobile – To Streets of Minneapolis

For Immediate Release Contacts: Lara Durben, MTGA | 763/682-2171 | lara@minnesotaturkey.com Drew Levin, Turkey To Go | 352/246-8321 | drewlevin68@gmail.com (July 29, 2010) … Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA), owner of the Turkey To Go Concession at the Minnesota State Fair, is pleased to announce the opening of a Turkey To Go mobile food trailer […]

MTGA Announces 2010 Allied Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients

For Immediate Release June 15, 2010 Contact: Lara Durben, lara@minnesotaturkey.com (Buffalo, MN) … One recipient has spent 37 years in the agricultural lending industry while the other is known quite simply as “a legend” in the turkey industry. Both are well-deserving of an award they received from the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) last week […]