North Dakota produces around 1 million turkeys each year. And a couple of those were spared in the annual turkey pardon.
Two turkeys, named salt and pepper, were the chosen ones in the capitol this morning.
Governor Doug Burgum had prior commitments, so Lieutenant Governor Brett Sanford and Ag Commissior Doug Goehring did the pardoning honors. Along with the ceremony, the North Dakota Turkey Federation gifted 12 Thanksgiving turkeys to both the Abused Adult Resource Center and Ruth Meiers as a part of the yearly tradition.
"It's in our philosophy of giving back. You know, the federation and what the federation stands for, we need to give back to the community. And this is our way of doing it," said Sharlene Wittenburg, the vice president of the North Dakota Turkey Federation.
Salt and pepper are a part of a special flock.The Wittenburgs are also providing the two turkeys that will be pardoned by President Donald Trump next week.