The Minnesota Turkey Research and Promotion Council has honored Doug and Linda Hedlund of Roseau, Minn., with its 2013 "Turkey Promoter of the Year" award.
The Hedlunds are second generation turkey farmers who raise 60,000 turkeys annually for the farmer-owned Northern Pride Cooperative out of Thief River Falls, Minn. In addition to their farm, however, Doug and Linda took over managing concessions at the Roseau hockey arena 33 years ago. About 15 years ago the two added turkey wings to the menu. When those proved to be a bit too labor intensive, they switched to a bone-in turkey breast sandwich served on a hamburger bun, which remains an extremely popular menu item today.
The Hedlunds also cater weddings, graduations, reunions and company picnics.
"Doug and Linda have done an outstanding job showing that turkey is a delicious option all year-round, said said Minnesota Turkey Research and Promotion Council Executive Director Steve Olson. "Their passion for promoting turkey through their concession stand and catering business is inspiring and we appreciate the work they are doing on behalf of the turkey industry."
The award was presented at the Minnesota Turkey Research and Promotion Council Annual Meeting on March 13 in Saint Paul, Minn.