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Obama pardons Montrose man for cocaine charge

March 4, 2013 in The Daily Republic

Michael John Petri, of Montrose, was convicted in 1989 of distributing cocaine and served just under half of a five-year sentence. He has since turned his life around, including starting his own construction business. Continue Reading

A ‘presidential pardon’ for the holiday

November 21, 2012 in The Dickinson Press

President Barack Obama, with daughters Sasha, center, and Malia, carries on the Thanksgiving tradition of saving a turkey from the dinner table with a “presidential pardon,” at the White House in Washington on Wednesday. Continue Reading

Obama pardons pair of Willmar, Minn., gobblers for Thanksgiving

November 23, 2011 in West Central Tribune

WASHINGTON (AP) With a wave of his hand, President Barack Obama on Wednesday gave two plump turkeys a Thanksgiving reprieve, noting that without his intervention, “they’d end up next to the mashed potatoes and stuffing.” Continue Reading

Turkeys, now named Liberty and Peace, to be pardoned today

November 23, 2011 in West Central Tribune

Ted and Ray will have different names when they go to the White House today to be pardoned by the president.
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Top secret assignment: Willmar, Minn., students providing care for presidential turkeys

November 13, 2011 in West Central Tribune

WILLMAR The assignment: At 1500 hours, four secret service officers rendezvous daily at a top secret location at 45.13N latitude and 95.06W longitude to prepare 30 recruits for a possible assignment at national headquarters with the Top Chief codenamed “Renegade.”
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Obama interrupts Hoeven’s turkey pardoning

November 23, 2010 in The Dickinson Press

BISMARCK The fate of a 19-week-old turkey was left hanging in the balance Tuesday when Gov. John Hoeven had to leave his annual turkey pardon to take a phone call from President Barack Obama. Continue Reading

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