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Ted the turkey got tired of sitting in a cage Friday in the corner of a busy governor's reception room, so he fled the coop to meet startled reporters and photographers during a news conference. Ted or another member of his Willmar flock, Ray, will be pardoned Wednesday by President Obama. Photo by Don Davis/State Capitol Bureau

Ted the turkey seeks spotlight at state send-off

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ST. PAUL -- Ted is ready for the spotlight. Really ready.

In fact, he is so ready that he escaped from his cage in a dark corner of the governor's reception room Friday, and made a break for the bright television lights. Ted proudly strutted past the gubernatorial podium and into plain sight in a large empty area in front of it, where still cameras clicked, video cameras whirred and reporters scribbled notes that looked like turkey scratching.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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