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Thursday, Sept. 15

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Politicians with diverse backgrounds spoke to Worthington crowns for King Turkey Day

KTD speakers through the years Speakers chosen to address King Turkey Day crowds includes the following: 1939: No speaker. 1940: Minnesota Gov. Harold Stassen. 1941: No speaker. 1942: No speaker. 1943: No speaker. 1944: King Turkey Day cancelled due to World War II. 1945: King Turkey Day cancelled due to World War II. 1946: Secretary of Agriculture Clinton Anderson. 1947: Minnesota Gov. Luther Youngdahl. 1948: Miss America Bebe Shopp. 1949: No speaker. 1950: Minnesota Sen. Hubert Humphrey. 1951: Minnesota Sen. Edward Thye. 1952: Alabama Sen. John Sparkman. 1953: Iowa Rep. Charles Hoeven. 1954: Vice President Richard Nixon. 1955: Minnesota Gov. Orville Freeman. 1956: Tennessee Sen. Estes Kefauver. 1957: German Counsel Dr. Hans Theusner. 1958: Secretary of the Interior Fred Seaton. 1959: Minnesota Sen. Hubert Humphrey. 1960: Texas Sen. Lyndon Johnson. 1961: Major Gen. Frank Britton. 1962: FHA Administrator Howard Bertsch. 1963: No speaker. 1964: Ambassador W. Averell Harriman. 1965: Vice President Hubert Humphrey. 1966: New York Sen. Robert Kennedy. 1967: Arkansas Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller. 1968: New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller. 1969: Postmaster General Elmer Klassen. 1970: Illinois Sen. Charles Percy. 1971: Peace Corps director Sargent Shriver. 1972: Minnesota Sen. Hubert

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are leaders who by experience, temperament and judgment are best qualified to meet the Communist threat and to attain an objective of “peace without surrender.” Ź America needs to beware of Socialism. Ź “Our policies are based on the fundamental principle that the American system should be given a chance to work.” Ź National prosperity depends on farm prosRichard Nixon, 1954 perity. Ź Administration tax Nixon Praises Government, Sen. Humphrey cuts have saved the taxdoes radio talk to blast payer money. Nixon’s points Vice President Richard 1966 Bobby Nixon took the limelight Kennedy of Wednesday’s King Kennedy was highTurkey Day celebration light of very big day here, claiming the EisenGlobe Archives hower administration King Turkey’s pulse has given the people “a was returning to norgovernment that is loyal, mal today after a four efficient and honest.” and one-half hour bout Four hours later, Sen. with Kennedy fever Hubert H. Humphrey on Saturday. took to the local radio Robert F. Kennedy station to give a stinging, of New York poked his “point-by-point rebut- head from the door of his tal” to Nixon’s speech. chartered North Central The Vice President airliner just after noon had touched lightly on on Turkey Day. A gust of farm issues in his local wind immediately tosaddress, speaking at seled his sandy, whitelength on the “four great streaked hair. This issues” of the 1952 elec- disheveled appearance tion campaign — “Korea, was to remain until he controls, communism boarded the same plane and corruption.” to take off at 4:30 p.m. Humphrey struck back for Wisconsin. with a 10-point “stateBut in the interim ment of facts,” which between landing and he said “the fog and taking off, an estimatsmoke screen of com- ed 80,000 persons were munism and corrup- exposed to the spell of tion” are hiding from the the rising political star American people… whose beloved brother Nixon told the local was felled by a bullet audience that if Dem- in Dallas. ocrats “had cooperatCars were parked on ed with J. Edgar Hoover both sides of the airand the FBI” the problem port road between the of communism “could runways and Highway have been dealt with 59 as an anxious, placyears before.” ard-waving crowd awaitMain points in Nixon’s ed Kennedy’s arrival. The speech were: uninitiated may have Ź The present admin- suspected that the site istration is “keeping faith for the 26th Turkey Day with the people by keep- observance was the airing your dollar worth a port, the way thousands dollar today.” of fans jammed about. Ź “We have brought a Yet the prime attracnew climate of morality tion was the man in the and integrity to the fed- grey suit, in whose direceral government.” tion “Welcome Bobby” Ź President Eisenhow- posters were pointer and Secretary Dulles ed and whose hand-

WORTHINGTON — Since King Turkey Day began in 1939, a number of famous and occasionally infamous speakers have graced the city of Worthington, from Richard Nixon and Bobby Kennedy to Jesse Jackson and Jesse Ventura These are just a few of them, with excerpts from the original reporting of the time.

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9LFH 3UHVLGHQW 5LFKDUG 1L[RQ ZDV WKH .LQJ 7XUNH\ Day speaker in 1954. shake and autograph were intoxicating. … Upon taking the podium, RFK said, “I’m delighted to be here, to be in Worthington.” He punned about his reticence to handle the turkey which earlier had been presented to him. “I know there is a feeling among some of you that I didn’t get close enough to the turkey. But I heard about what happened to Estes Kefauver.” In 1956, when Kefauver accepted the customary bird, he was both scratched and soiled by the nervous turkey. However, though Kennedy “just patted him,” he promised to take the turkey home with him and “give it to my children. They’ll play with it,” he laughed. … Turning to his major address, Kennedy stressed that all cities, large and small, “are interdependent on one another.” He said that Worthington is representative of the entire United States because “you’ve taken the initiative” to create a junior college without waiting for the government to do it. Though the country is in the midst of “immense change,” RFK continued, “we share problems” common to both rural and urban areas. Among those challenges, “We are going to have to find the same amount of jobs and schools in the next 35 years as we have since we have been a country.” “The only way we will be effective and successful is by working together,” he suggested.

Kennedy commented that “the world has changed immensely since I was graduated from high school.” He referred to the atomic capacity of the world to destroy itself. Unrest is not limited to the United States, the senator reflected. “All over the world, there is a demand for change and for a better life.” He shared some observations made during his Latin American visit. “These people demand change just as we do, and we want to achieve it here and around the world.”

1972, Hubert H. Humphrey

Hubert H. Humphrey also spoke at King Turkey Day in 1950, 1959, 1965 and 1975, and frequently attended the festival. HHH ‘in top form’ for 1972 Turkey Day visit Globe archives Sen. Hubert Humphrey, grand-master at the Turkey Day parade, rode with local DFL candidates Francis Judge and Ben VanderKooi at the head of the parade Saturday afternoon. Stopping the parade momentarily, he posed for a picture with a young admirer, moved on to the parade’s end and assumed the position of guest of honor on the viewing stand in front of the courthouse. Aides said he was rested from the grueling, disappointing struggle for the 1972 presidential nomination. But the apparent end to future chances for a presidential nomination have not

Humphrey. 1973: No speaker. 1974: Attorney General Elliott Richardson. 1975: Minnesota Sen. Hubert Humphrey. 1976: No speaker. 1977: Minnesota Gov. Rudy Perpich. 1978: Illinois Rep. John Anderson. 1979: Minnesota Gov. Al Quie. 1980: Texas Sen. John Tower 1981: Minnesota State Sen. Hubert “Skip” Humphrey III. 1982: Minnesota Sen. Rudy Boschwitz. 1983: Minnesota Sen. Dave Durenberger. 1984: Minnesota Sen. Rudy Boschwitz. 1985: Texas Rep. Mac Sweeney. 1986: Presidential candidate the Rev. Jesse Jackson. 1987: Minnesota Sen. Dave Durenberger. 1988: Minnesota Lt. Gov. Marlene Johnson. 1989: Minnesota Auditor Arne Carlson. 1990: Iowa Sen. Fred Grandy. 1991: Gen. David Adamson. 1992: Minnesota Sen. Paul Wellstone. 1993: Minnesota Rep. Rod Grams. 1994: Minnesota Rep. David Minge. 1995: Minnesota Lt. Gov. Joanne Benson. 1996: Minnesota Attorney General Hubert “Skip” Humphrey and 1996 National Teacher of the Year Mary Beth Blegen. 1997: Minnesota Sen. Rod Grams. 1998: Reform Party candidate for Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura. 1999: Minnesota Commissioner of Agriculture Gene Hugoson. 2000: U.S. Senator Rod Grams; Miss Minnesota International Susan Nelson. 2001: Sen. Paul Wellstone, Minnesota Twins’ Tony Oliva and Worthington Mayor Robert J. Demuth.

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King Turkey Day 10k still winning over runners and race fans in Worthington and beyond By Scott Mansch The Globe WORTHINGTON — Fulda native Wayne Drealan was a businessman in Worthington for decades and often planned his Septembers around Lake Okabena. Because that’s where the King Turkey Day 10K was. “The great course and the beautiful lake,” Drealan said. “I loved it.” He still does. And that’s why Drealan, who for years traveled a few blocks to compete in the race, is now planning a trip across South Dakota to come home for Worthington’s race of renown. Drealan, you see, is going to keep his streak alive. That’s right. Drealan is one of two men who have participated in all 42 King Turkey Day 10K races. The 43rd is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 17, in downtown Worthington. Drealan, among a group of Worthington runners who called themselves the Okabena Bay Area Striders, said the race will forever be special in his heart. The Striders, a group that also included Stan Haas, Tom Navara, Jerry Fiola and Owen Van Essen, were behind the race’s inception in 1980 and for 35 years made sure it ran smoothly. “There was a lot of sweat equity involved,” Drealan said with a chuckle. “We always tried to improve it for the runners and make it better for the community.” The race perseveres, now under the direction of the Worthington YMCA. Kris Hohensee is the race director of an

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.LQJ 7XUNH\ 'D\ . UXQQHUV MRJ WR WKH ¿QLVK OLQH LQ WKLV *OREH ¿OH SKRWR IURP years ago, in 1972, along 10th Street in downtown Worthington. event that also includes a 5K run-walk. The events begin at 9 a.m. Sept. 17. “It’s really a great way to start the day,” said Hohensee, who has been involved with the race since the Striders handed it off. After many years with the YMCA, Hohensee now has a different job in Worthington. “But I could not walk away from this event,” she said, adding that the race is supported by state running organization Run Minnesota and the course is certified by Minnesota’s track and field organization. “It’s such a special day and such a great race.” This year’s 10K is in conjunction with the 50th King Turkey Day Great Gobbler Gallop, a popular downtown sprint between Worthington’s turkey, Paycheck, and Ruby Begonia of Cuero, Texas, a community that also hosts an annual turkey celebration. Both events are an attraction. Chandler native Steve Vlieger, who lives in

Mitchell, S.D., is the other runner who has participated in every Turkey Day 10K. Drealan now lives in Belle Fourche, S.D. The 70-year-old said running keeps him young at heart. Race results are tabulated by five-year increments, starting at ages 20, 25, 30 and so on. “So here I am 70 years old and looking forward to that, because I’ll have a new age group in the race,” Drealan laughed. The KTD 10K had 101 runners when it began in 1980 and now averages 500-600, said Hohensee. According to registration records kept by Jerry Fiola, a member of the Okabena Bay Area Striders and longtime 10K race director, a record 711 runners crossed the finish line in 1997. Of the thousands who have circled Lake Okabena for the race, no one completed it more swiftly than Jerrold Wynia. A northwest Iowa native, Wynia was an All-American and national champion distance runner at Dordt

University in Sioux Center, Iowa. Wynia ran a blistering 29:37 in 1983 to set a record that still stands for the 6.2-mile KTD 10K. “I always really appreciated the event,” said Wynia, who now lives in Beresford, S.D. “It was such a nice course, looping the lake, and the people around the course and the music always stood out. “Having the race finish along the parade route, where there were always so many people cheering you on, was just great. I ran a lot of races, and none of them compared to the community atmosphere in Worthington.” Fiola, a 1967 graduate of Worthington High School, said he was not a standout athlete for the Trojans. But a life of running has made for a superstar feeling. “For about 45 years, it’s been a central activity in my life,” Fiola said. “I still run four or five times a week, although I do it mostly indoors now.” On a recent Saturday morning, Fiola said he’d just finished a jog.

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Wayne Drealan (right) is shown with Steve Vlieger, both of whom have run in every King Turkey Day 10K. “I don’t run as far,” he said. “I don’t run marathons or races anymore, but I still try to stay active.” Running in general, and events like the Turkey 10K specifically, have proved so beneficial for so many. “It’s helped with weight control, it’s helped with stress relief, and it’s been a great social experience,” Fiola said. “A bunch of us traveled all over for races, and it was always a social highlight. But running was also great from the standpoint of satisfaction and health.” Some might suggest runners are a bit, well, out there. Why submit yourself to the agony of such an endeavor? Fiola said that’s a mistaken attitude. “If you run within your limits and train gradually, it’s not uncomfortable at all,” he said.

And, he added, the gain is worth the pain. “Oh yes,” he said. “And there really isn’t any pain. Fatigue can be part of it, but it’s well worth it.” How so? “If there are days when you aren’t motivated or feel a bit lethargic, I tell you what, if you go and get your exercise in you’ll feel so energetic and satisfied,” Fiola said. “Running is really a pickme-upper ... Running is one of the most positive addictions you can have.” Thanks to the vision of the Okabena Bay Area Striders and the work now of Hohensee and the YMCA, our southwest Minnesota region has been addicted to the KTD 10K race for decades. Many are still running the good race, and that’s a great thing. Scott Mansch may be reached at smansch5rockets@gmail.com

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Presidential candidate the Rev. Jesse Jackson hoists up a turkey after speaking at the 1986 King Turkey Day. service of his country; no man could have asked for more.” The words came at the end of the 61 yearold senator’s speech on the economic problems of rural America. Long an advocate of a reorganization of the Department of Agriculture, Humphrey proposed the expansion of federal rural credit, making it available to private and public borrowers unable to get credit from commercial sources… … “The exodus of people out of rural America to the cities has caused

a national crisis; 75% of our people are now crowded into 2% of the land. Every six family farms we lose in rural Minnesota means that one small business will die. That is the reason for the empty business buildings we often see, the diminishing services and the skyrocketing property taxes in most of our rural communities.” “We must develop policies that allow people to have a realistic choice about where they will live and work, not a choice dictated by a lack of jobs in rural areas, or by inadequate

just come here to claim that nothing breaks your my stake in this situa- spirit. I suppose that’s tion, trapped somewhere my appeal to so many between Worthington of our people who are and Texas — and that’s now committing suicide quite a trap. in the face of the crisis. We have today a great Do not let the forces of expression of the true evil break our spirits. spirit of our nation as I … watch you stand in this To be the leader of the street, so much joy and free world, we must have celebration in your faces. the will to do justice and As I look at closed- love mercy in our govdown businesses, look at ernment and for our God. 112 companies that are Ten percent of our now off the radio sta- society owns 70% of the tion because they cannot wealth; 90% percent advertise any more, if you owns 30%. That’s unAwere a weaker people, if merican. That’s not ecoyou were not a spiritual nomic democracy. The people, if you were not top 40% of our society a God-fearing people, is making 68% of the 1986, Jesse Jackson if you had no faith and income and they get a A long day for Jackson therefore had no hope, tax cut. The bottom 40% you would give up and is making 15.7% and Globe archives they get a wage cut and Saturday was a long drown in your tears. Somehow, you have a a plant closing. That is day for the Rev. Jesse Jackson, but he must resolve born of our faith not fair. have enjoyed his appearance here. His final comment on King Turkey Day came as he boarded his airplane home. “I’m inviting myself back next year.” Jesse Jackson’s Turkey Day speech Let me express my profound thanks to you for being good enough to invite me here to share 405 10th St., Worthington • 507-376-3095 with you on this Turkey Day festivity. Since this event began the year I was born, there must be some destiny in this occasion. Maybe I was the original turkey,

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medical facilities, or a lack of good schools and libraries.” “What Congress does will matter very little unless the unending political war between rural and urban interests begins to cool off,” he continued, and then added optimistically: “The decision at hand is the nation’s destiny; we must make it work, we will make it work. Our destiny is in our hands: We must rejuvenate, revitalize and modernize the vast areas of rural America; it is something we must face together as Americans.”

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resulted in any diminishing of the senator’s frenzied activities. “He’s in better health and more relaxed than he’s been since I started working with him when he was Vice President,” his aide said. “But he’s still going full blast with 14-hour days, a tremendous amount of activity in the Senate and an exhaustive schedule within the state.” A Turkey Day visitor 15 times since 1948, Humphrey was, in the words of his aide, “returning to his people after the disappointments of Miami.” “I think he has realized the apex of his political career,” the aide said. “He has always been a statesman and probably will be remembered as one of the great Americans of the last 20 years. I think the role of statesman is where he sees himself now.” The aide’s observations were echoed by Humphrey in the closing words of his 20-minute speech. “I’ve had a great public life,” he said emotionally to the 300 listeners in front of the viewing stand. “No man could have had more than I have had in the

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Ruby Begonia race teams through the years 1973: Ken Long, Bob Perkins, Jack Harstsell. 1974: Lias Bubba Steen, Barry Wineinger, Phil Ernster. 1975: Lias Bubba Steen, Alan Kahlich, Sherre Ernster. 1976: Alan Kahlich, Captain, Lias Bubba Steen, Bill Blackwell. 1977: Bill Blackwell, Jack Calk, Mary C. Kahlich 1978: Jack Calk, Mary C. Kahlich, Bob Hesse. 1979: Bob Hesse, Jim Voelkel, Mike Milberry. 1980: Jack Calk, Mike Milberry, Jim Voelkel, Jim Conrad. 1981: Mike Milberry, Jim Conrad, C.L. Duckett, Bucky Sager. 1982: Alan Kahlich, C.L. Duckett, Bucky Sager, Ann Mary Vaughn. 1983: Burns McAlister, Ann Mary Vaughn, Davis Kainer, Jay Bramlette. 1984: Burns McAlister, Davis Kainer, Jay Bramlette, B.J. White. 1985: Davis Kainer, B.J. White, Butch Prause. 1986: Davis Kainer, Butch Prause, Robert Farris, Les Rabke. 1987: B.J. White, Les Rabke, Jan Roberts, Albert Jahnsen. 1988: C.L. Duckett, Jan Roberts, Albert Jahnsen, Jack

Donald Hoy, Rick Wheeler. 1995: Brett Duckett, Donald Hoy, Leslie Voelkel, Corlis Riedesel. 1996: Brett Duckett, Leslie Voelkel, Tony Allen, Kay Lapp 1997: Rick Wheeler, Kay Lapp, Clay Pullin, Phil Grandjean. 1998: Neal Lapp, Clay Pullin, Laura Duckett, Annette Rath. 1999: Annette Rath, Laura Duckett, Tommy Isenberg, Arthur Velasquez. 2000: Cynthia Martin, Tommy Isenberg, Sandy White, Ronnie Binz. 2001: Susan Prause, Sandy White, Joe Adams, Ronnie Binz. 2002: Erwin Rath, Tony Allen, Tim Riedesel, Diana Blank. 2003: Stacy Cordes, Tim Riedesel, Ty Whitfield, Bill Hickey. 2004: Clay Pullin, Stacy Cordes, Johhny Dietze, Ty Whitfield. 2005: Jason Rogers, Erwin Rath Jr., Lloyd Copeland, RhonThe 2022 Cuero, Texas Race Team includes Coach Trent Kainer (from left), da Hudson. 2006: Leslie Voelkel Campos, Lloyd Captain Joel Hilburn and Handlers ShaNon Henson and Butch Prause. Copeland, Jamie Wright, Calk. 1989: Butch Prause, Helen Bulgerin. 1991: Les ett, Neal Lapp, Glenn Phyllis Foulds. 2007: Jack Calk, Clarence Wes- Rabke, Helen Bulgerin, Rea. 1993: Fred White, Jamie Wright, Debra sels, Fred White. 1990: Charlotte Henry, Jim Brett Duckett, Neal Lapp, Baros, Roxanne HanselButch Prause, Clarence Hargrove. 1992: Char- Susan Prause. 1994: Jay ka, Erik McCowan. 2008: Wessels, Fred White, lotte Henry, Brett Duck- Bramlette, Susan Prause, Roxanne Hanselka, Erik

McCowan, Terri Warwas, Jode Zavesky. 2009: Terri Warwas, Brittany Garza, Glenn Mutchler, Jason Rogers. 2010: Jason Rogers, Cory Thamm, Dawn Draper, Bobby Phillips. 2011: Bobby Phillips, Greg Nemec, Amy Crain, Linda Nemec. 2012: Greg Nemec, Linda Nemec, Clayton Lantz, Richard Weber. 2013: Clayton Lantz, Terri Warwas, Clint Clark, Mary Beth Finney. 2014: Clint Clark, Kristie Tieken, Michael Ruschaupt, Bill Matthys. 2015: Anthony Netardus, Brenda Martin, Michael Ruschaupt, Laura Patek. 2016: Brenda Martin, Keith Goebel, Ken Klimitchek, Brittany Garza. 2017: Keith Goebel, Denise Goebel, Jimmy Martin, Angie Cuellar. 2018: Laura Patek, Kenneth Schley, Kristie Tieken, James Rath. 2019: Kennth Schley, Clayton Lantz, James Rath. 2020-2021: Tiffany Hilburn, Brady Boehl, James Rath, Angie Cuellar. 2022: Trent Kainer, Joel Hilburn, ShaNon Henson and Butch Prause.

In 48 races, Paycheck leads Ruby Begonia by 8 Race cancelled once in 50-year history, during 2020 COVID-19 pandemic The Globe 1973: First heat — Ruby Begonia, 1 minute, 52 seconds; Silverfoot, 5 minutes, 21 seconds. Second heat — Tomfoolery, 32.5 seconds, Ruby Begonia, 54 seconds. Overall winner — Ruby Begonia. 1974: First heat — Paycheck, 57.3 seconds; Ruby Begonia, 1 minute, 56.3 seconds. Second heat — Ruby Begonia, 28.3 seconds; Paycheck, 28.5 seconds. Overall winner — Paycheck. 1975: First heat — Ruby Begonia, 1 minute, .06 seconds; Goferbroke, 1 minute, 10.75 seconds. Second heat —Ruby Begonia, 28.8 seconds; Paycheck, 1 minute, 2 seconds. Overall winner — Ruby Begonia. 1976: First heat — Paycheck, 1 minute, 14.9 seconds; Ruby Begonia, 2 minutes, 35 seconds.

Second heat — Ruby Begonia, 31.4 seconds; Paycheck, 36.5 seconds. Overall winner — Paycheck. 1977: First heat — Paycheck, 42.9 seconds; Ruby Begonia, 53.4 seconds. Second heat — Ruby Begonia, 15.4 seconds; Paycheck, 25.6 seconds. Overall winner — Paycheck. 1978: First heat — Paycheck, 47 seconds; Ruby Begonia, 2 minutes, 27 seconds. Second heat — Paycheck, 27 seconds; Ruby Begonia, 1 minute, 4.17 seconds. Overall winner — Paycheck. 1979: First heat — Ruby Begonia, 57.6 seconds; Paycheck, 2 minutes, 27 seconds. Second heat —Paycheck, 59 seconds; Ruby Begonia, 1 minute, 39 seconds. Overall winner — Ruby Begonia.

1980: First heat — Paycheck, 1 minute, 24.9 seconds; Ruby Begonia, 1 minute, 54.9 seconds. Second heat —Ruby Begonia, 1 minute, 35.3 seconds; Paycheck. 1 minute, 45.4 seconds. Overall winner — Paycheck. 1981: First heat — Ruby Begonia, 51.9 seconds; Paycheck, 1 minute, 21.9 seconds. Second heat — Paycheck, 33.65 seconds; Ruby Begonia, 1 minute, 59.7 seconds. Overall winner — Paycheck. 1982: First heat — Ruby Begonia, 1 minute, 43 seconds; Paycheck, 2 minutes, 58 seconds. Second heat —Paycheck, 31.27 seconds; Ruby Begonia, 31.65 seconds. Overall winner — Ruby Begonia. 1983: First heat — Paycheck, 26.2 seconds; Ruby Begonia, 51.1 seconds. Second heat —

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Before Worthington named its racing Turkey “Paycheck,” it called its speedy bird “Silverfoot,” as seen in this image from 1973. Ruby Begonia, 14.39 seconds; Paycheck, 15.62 seconds. Overall winner — Paycheck. 1984: First heat — Paycheck, 1 minute, 19.85 seconds; Ruby Begonia, 1 minute, 49.85 seconds. Second heat — Paycheck, 1 minute, 11 seconds; Ruby Begonia, 1

minute, 15 seconds. Overall winner — Paycheck. 1985: First heat — Paycheck, 2 minutes, 8.93 seconds; Ruby Begonia, 2 minutes, 48.04 seconds. Second heat — Paycheck, 1 minute, 11 seconds; Ruby Begonia, 1 minute, 15 seconds. Overall winner — Paycheck.

1986: First heat — Paycheck, 3 minutes, 18 seconds; Ruby Begonia, 4 minutes, 44 seconds. Second heat —Ruby Begonia, 1 minute, 6 seconds; Paycheck, 1 minute, 20 seconds. Overall winner — Paycheck.

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1987: First heat — Paycheck, 54.22 seconds; Ruby Begonia, 2 minutes, 26.68 seconds. Second heat — Ruby Begonia, 2 minutes, 8.65 seconds; Paycheck, 3 minutes, 85 seconds. Overall winner — Paycheck. 1988: First heat — Ruby Begonia, 1 minute, 16 seconds; Paycheck, 2 minutes, 55 seconds. Second heat —Paycheck, 1 minute, 20.88 seconds; Ruby Begonia, 2 minutes, 10.88 seconds. Overall winner — Ruby Begonia. 1989: First heat — Paycheck, 31 seconds; Ruby Begonia, 2 minutes, 3 seconds. Second heat — Ruby Begonia, 50 seconds; Paycheck, 52 seconds. Overall winner — Paycheck. 1990: First heat — Paycheck, 2 minutes, 19.9 seconds; Ruby Begonia, 5 minutes, 30.63 seconds. Second heat — Paycheck, 1 minute, 21.84 seconds; Ruby Begonia, 1 minute, 54.49 seconds. Overall winner — Paycheck. 1991: First heat — Paycheck, 2 minutes, 31,75 seconds; Ruby Begonia, 4 minutes, 39.55 seconds. Second heat — Paycheck, 1 minute, 28 seconds; Ruby Begonia, 2 minutes, 17 seconds. Overall winner — Paycheck. 1992: First heat — Paycheck, 2 minutes, 43.52 seconds; Ruby Begonia, 4 minutes, 49 seconds. Second heat — Ruby Begonia, 1 minute, 11 seconds; Paycheck, 6 minutes, 39 seconds. Overall winner — Ruby Begonia. 1993: First heat — Paycheck, 3 minutes, 27 seconds; Ruby Begonia, 4 minutes, 9 seconds.

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Second heat —Paycheck, 31.59 seconds; Ruby Begonia, 46.4 seconds. Overall winner — Paycheck. 1994: First heat — Paycheck, 1 minute, 21.16 seconds; Ruby Begonia, 2 minutes, 29.97 seconds. Second heat — Ruby Begonia, 1 minute, 11 seconds; Paycheck, 1 minute, 33 seconds. Overall winner — Paycheck. 1995: First heat — Ruby Begonia, 2 minutes, 7.24 seconds; Paycheck, 4 minutes, 26.77 seconds. Second heat — Ruby Begonia, 6 minutes, 48.23 seconds; Paycheck, 9 minutes, 33.54 seconds. Overall winner — Ruby Begonia. 1996: First heat — Ruby Begonia, 1 minute, 30.5 seconds; Paycheck, 4 minutes, 18.29 seconds. Second heat — Paycheck, 43 seconds; Ruby Begonia 45 seconds. Overall winner — Ruby Begonia. 1997: First heat — Ruby Begonia, 1 minute, 44.46 seconds; Paycheck, 5 minutes, 12.39 seconds. Second heat — Ruby Begonia, 2 minutes, 33.03 seconds; Paycheck, 3 minutes, 45.39 seconds. Overall winner — Ruby Begonia. 1998: First heat — Ruby Begonia, 1 minute, 27.27 seconds; Paycheck, 2 minutes. 25.09 seconds. Second heat — Ruby Begonia, 2 minutes, 25 seconds; Paycheck, 3 minutes. Overall winner — Ruby Begonia. 1999: First heat — Ruby Begonia, 1 minute, 4 seconds; Paycheck, 1 minute, 10 seconds. Second heat — Paycheck, 48.27 seconds; Ruby Begonia, 1 minute, 57 seconds. Overall winner — Paycheck. 2000: First heat — Paycheck, 3 minutes, 9 seconds; Ruby Begonia, 3 minutes, 55 seconds.

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Second heat — Ruby Begonia, 1 minute, 59 seconds; Paycheck, 2 minutes, 55 seconds. Overall winner — Ruby Begonia. 2001: First heat — Ruby Begonia, 1 minute, 33.8 seconds; Paycheck, 5 minutes, 21.99 seconds. Second heat — Ruby Begonia, 47.35 seconds; Paycheck, 4 minutes, 37 seconds. Overall winner — Ruby Begonia. 2002: First heat — Paycheck, 39.9 seconds; Ruby Begonia, 1 minute, 15.98 seconds. Second heat — Ruby Begonia, 52 seconds; Paycheck, 1 minute, 58 seconds. Overall winner — Ruby Begonia. 2003: First heat — Paycheck, 1 minute, 10.74 seconds; Ruby Begonia, 2 minutes, 14.63 seconds. Second heat — Ruby Begonia, 2 minutes, 27 seconds; Paycheck, 2 minutes, 38 seconds. Overall winner — Paycheck. 2004: First heat — Paycheck, 43 seconds; Ruby Begonia, 2 minutes, 1 second. Second heat — Ruby Begonia, 54 seconds; Paycheck, 1 minute, 44 seconds. Overall winner — Paycheck. 2005: First heat — Ruby Begonia, 1 minute, 46 seconds; Paycheck, 2 minutes, 16 seconds. Second heat — Ruby Begonia, 1 minute, 0008 seconds; Paycheck, 1 minute, 18 seconds. Overall winner — Ruby Begonia. 2006: First heat — Ruby Begonia, 1 minute, 5 seconds; Paycheck, 2 minutes, 18 seconds. Second heat — Ruby Begonia, 54 seconds; Paycheck, 1 minute, 47 seconds. Overall winner — Ruby Begonia. 2007: First heat — Paycheck, 57.85 seconds; Ruby Begonia, 4 minutes, 37.22 seconds. Sec-

ond heat — Paycheck, 4 minutes, 48.22 seconds; Ruby Begonia, 5 minutes, 18.22 seconds. Overall winner — Paycheck. 2008: First heat — Paycheck, 37.74 seconds; Ruby Begonia, 1 minute, 5.9 seconds. Second heat — Ruby Begonia 1 minute, 30.5 seconds; Paycheck, 1 minute, 33.22 seconds. Overall winner — Paycheck. 2009: First heat — Paycheck, 35.17 seconds; Ruby Begonia, 39.6 seconds. Second heat — Ruby Begonia, 31.06 seconds; Paycheck, 36.58 seconds. Overall winner — Ruby Begonia. 2010: First heat — Paycheck, 37 seconds; Ruby Begonia, 1 minute, 40 seconds. Second heat — Paycheck, 29 seconds; Ruby Begonia, 50 seconds. Overall winner — Paycheck. 2011: First heat — Paycheck, 27.7 seconds; Ruby Begonia, 4 minutes, 17 seconds. Second heat — Paycheck, 3 minutes, 38 seconds; Ruby Begonia, 4 minutes, 2 seconds. Overall winner — Paycheck. 2012: First heat — Ruby Begonia, 2 minutes, 21.20 seconds; Paycheck, 4 minutes, 2.52 seconds. Second heat — Ruby Begonia, 54.21 seconds; Paycheck, 6 minutes, 56 seconds. Overall winner — Ruby Begonia. 2013: First heat — Ruby Begonia, 1 minute, 18.12 seconds; Paycheck, 5 minutes, 56.35 seconds; Second heat — Ruby Begonia, 1 minute, 7 seconds; Paycheck, 7 minutes, 37 seconds. Overall winner — Ruby Begonia. 2014: First heat — Ruby Begonia, 1 minute, 41.12 seconds; Paycheck, 1 minute, 47.17 seconds; Second heat — Ruby Begonia 1 minute, 39.06 seconds; Paycheck, 2

DGLOBE.COM minutes, 32 seconds. Overall winner — Ruby Begonia. 2015: First heat — Paycheck, 1 minute, 34.97 seconds; Ruby Begonia, 1 minute, 36.09 seconds; Second heat — Paycheck, 1 minute, 23 seconds; Ruby Begonia 2 minutes, 36 seconds. Overall winner — Paycheck. 2016: First heat — Paycheck, 1 minute, 11.5 seconds; Ruby Begonia, 4 minutes, 22.8 seconds; Second heat — Ruby Begonia, 1 minute, 25 seconds; Paycheck 1 minutes, 36 seconds. Overall winner — Paycheck. 2017: First heat — Paycheck, 1 minute, 43 seconds; Ruby Begonia, 4 minutes, 31 seconds; Second heat — Paycheck, 3 minutes, 16 seconds; Ruby Begonia, 4 minutes, 6 seconds. Overall winner — Paycheck. 2018: First heat — Paycheck, 40.71 seconds; Ruby Begonia, 4 minutes, 3.77 seconds; Second heat — Ruby Begonia, 1 minute, 17 seconds; Paycheck, 2 minutes, 10.28 seconds. Overall winner — Paycheck. 2019: First heat — Paycheck, 1 minute, 19.5 seconds; Ruby Begonia, 1 minute, 10.46 seconds; Second heat — Paycheck, 1 minute, 19 seconds; Ruby Begonia, 1 minute, 21 seconds. Overall winner — Paycheck. 2020: Race cancelled due to the Covid-19 global pandemic. 2021: First heat — Paycheck, 1 minute, 12.36 seconds; Ruby Begonia, 1 minute, 26.6 seconds; Second heat — Paycheck, 2 minutes, 15 seconds; Ruby Begonia, 51.12 seconds. Overall winner: Ruby Begonia.

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2002: No speaker. 2003: St. Paul Police Chief William Finney. 2004: Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty. 2005: Former local newsmen Lew Hudson and Jim Wychor. 2006: WHS grad and 30-year Navy man Andre Kirkwood. 2007: Professional fisherman Babe Winkelman. 2008: Rep. Tim Walz and Brian Davis, candidates for 1st Congressional District seat. 2009: Major General Larry Shellito, Minnesota National Guard. 2010: Honor Flight Founder Earl Morse. 2011: WCCO news anchor Liz Collin. 2012: WHS graduate Mike Patrick. 2013: ‘Survivor’ finalist Holly Hoffman. 2014: Former local newsmen Lew Hudson and Jim Wychor. 2015: Retired Olympic gold medal wrestler Dan Gable. 2016: U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar. 2017: Sioux Falls, S.D. mayoral candidate Paul Ten Haken. 2018: Bless You founder Duane Drost. 2019: Brulé founder Paul LaRoche. 2020: King Turkey Day cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic. 2021: Minnesota Supreme Court Associate Justice Gordon Moore III. 2022: Former Minnesota Vikings running back Chuck Foreman.

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