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Our neighbors were real turkeys

April 10, 2013 - Karin Elton
An item in today’s paper about the city council voting on a proposed ordinance change that would allow Marshall residents to keep limited numbers of poultry within city limits reminded me of when my family lived upstairs in a duplex in St. Paul and turkeys lived downstairs.

The houses on the whole block were being demolished so the city could build something and our downstairs neighbors had already moved. We were going to move soon back to southwestern Minnesota where we were originally from. Instead of moving back to Minneota, my dad bought a too-small house in Lynd because it was near a river so he could raise ducks.

But he apparently couldn’t wait to start raising his feathered friends because during the few months before we moved, he brought live turkeys home and kept them downstairs. I don’t think that was allowed in the city, but no one knew but us and my dad’s cousin and his family. They came over and took pictures of the big white turkeys that lived in a St. Paul duplex for awhile.


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