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I hope that each and every one of our Star Eagle readers were able to enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner with their friends and family this past week. There is just something special about a Thanksgiving dinner when you can share it with others.

I also hope that you took a little bit of time to think about the many things that you have to be thankful for. We are fortunate to be able to live in this great county, as well as in the state of Minnesota.

Have you ever wondered what becomes of the turkeys that the President of the United States has been pardoning over the years? I did and I thought that maybe you would like to learn about it too.

Actually, there were two turkeys from Minnesota, Wishbone and Drumstick, who had been introduced to the world this year because of their temperament, which means they were chosen because they needed to be super classy in order to hang out in the White House. 

Once again this year it became quite a problem deciding which one should be pardoned, so according to tradition President Trump actually pardoned both in honor of Thanksgiving. These celebrity turkeys are both now living the best life ever as are some of the other celebrity turkeys before them.

Upon their arrival in Washington, D.C., the turkeys were first taken to the Lux Willard Hotel in Washington D.C. where they were put up in private suites. 

The turkeys then rode in limousines to their first media appearance at the White House before heading to Virginia Tech for a meeting. They walked the red carpets at this year’s National Pardoning Ceremony.  According to reports, they both had plenty of swag. Wishbone’s strut style is a “strong shuffle” and Drumstick’s is “tall and proud.”

At Virginia Tech the two birds were able to meet and become friends with last year’s duo, Tater and Tot. Following their introduction to the world, Wishbone and Drumstick will now live out their days peacefully at “Gobbler’s Rest,” a newly-built enclosure.

According to their caretaker, when visitors are allowed to see Wishbone and Drumstick, they purportedly puff up their feathers to remind guests that they are in the presence of greatness.

Honest and Abe, the turkeys pardoned in 2015, now live a quiet life at Morven Park, a 1,000-acre estate in Northern Virginia, the home of late Virginia Governor Westmoreland Davis.

George, the celebrity turkey whose claim to fame was ringing the bell at the New York Stock Exchange, also resides at Morven Park.

When President Trump tried to interview Wishbone and Drumstick, however, the two birds kept their mouths’ shut. It is too bad that others’ don’t do the same.

Before we know it another wonderful holiday, Christmas, will be before us to celebrate and share with others.

There is something in every season, in every day, to celebrate with thanksgiving.

In everything give thanks!

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Some of our Star Eagle readers have commented that they like to read about events such as family and school reunions, birthdays and anniversaries, and birth and wedding announcements.  In order to read about these important things we need our faithful readers to pass along the information to us.

Also, if you have an idea for a story that you think would be of interest to our readers, please contact me.

If you have birthdays and anniversaries you would like to include, or news to share, please contact me via  e-mail, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., by postal mail, P.O. Box 192, Geneva, MN 56035; or telephone, 507-256-4405.

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Birthdays and anniversaries:

• Thursday, November 30th: Dan Mrotz, Lindsey Hagen, Lindsey Schlaak, Sophia Jepson, Eric Knudson, Norell Wood Durfee,  Kellen Utpadel, David & Lizell Swearingen, Andy & Emily Butler

• Friday, December 1st: Ethan Elliot Marzoff, Kyle Anthony Neidermeier, Jim Cornelius, Brian Waage, Laurie Ellis, Teri Horan Finke, Barbara Wangsness

• Saturday, December 2nd: Maryalice Hanson, Liam William Philip Abbott, Allura Danon Johnson, Leah Wayne, Allura Danon Johnson, Paige Sorenson, Lyle Paulson, Jean Richards Worrell, Heidi Wangsness, Heather Peterson, Dale Schewe

• Sunday, December 3rd: Dick Haug, Eric Degan, Ethan Fletcher Cornelius, Brian Van Ravenhorst

• Monday, December 4th: Sue Mattson, Jessica Shultz, Sandy Larson Russo, Sue Brown Asplund, Shawn Vangen Steffen, Jeff Kasper, Skylar Larson, Holly Pichner, Max Jensen, Casey & Jon Homuth

• Tuesday, December 5th: Finnegan Fladger, Bodie Jaxon Newgard, Rick Aaseth, Rosalyn Johnson, Kathy Lee, Christian Conroy, Shannon Jensen, Kelsey Loverink, Ron Farner, Larry & Mary Richards

• Wednesday, December 6th: Sharon Johnson, Rodger Hill, Katie Marlin, Tony Jackovitch, John Lerum, John Kaplan, Sue Klemmensen, Emily & Jeffrey O'Brien

• Thursday, December 7th: Katie Olson, Tracy Holland, Sam Peterson, Angela Hensrud, Wanda Schwartz, Helen Schmidt, Kara & Eric Grant, Ron & Theresa Langlie, Dawn & Eric Degan

• Friday, December 8th: Kathy Glynn, Teri McDonald, Jeff Schei, Tracy Haddy, James Olsen, Mike Flugum, Meghan Baumann

• Saturday, December 9th: Eva Buendorf, 2012; Carrisa Christensen, Paitan Janis Glynn, Al Paulson, Robert Robertson, Rusty Besco, Mark Ribbe, Tony Phillips, Courtney Thompson, Brian Strand, Chuck & Cynthia Crabtree, Steve & Terri Engel

May you find joy and pleasure all around you on your special day.

There are times I made mistakes regarding birthdays and anniversaries because of information I don’t know. Please look at it as a reminder that though they may no longer be with us it is nice to remember they once were and celebrate their birthdays and anniversaries.

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