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Published November 14, 2012, 06:19 PM

Local fowl legend passes in Glyndon

Glyndon, MN (WDAY TV) - Rothsay has the Prairie Chicken. New Salem has the Holstein Cow. Glyndon "had" Roger the Turkey.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Glyndon, MN (WDAY TV) - Rothsay has the Prairie Chicken. New Salem has the Holstein Cow. Glyndon "had" Roger the Turkey.

They are in mourning tonight on Highway 10. Glyndon's famous turkey that, for the last few months, has trotted down Highway 10, was hit and killed on the same road he ruled all summer and fall.

Roger the Turkey sure was loved.

“He wasn't injured, he just liked hanging around.”

The nosy, handsome bird loved to hang out on Highway Ten right in Glyndon, sometimes halting lake traffic.

“It is a miracle he lasted so long, he was in the median, care backed up a block on both sides. “

But he was a friendly, feathered Turkey. 911 Dispatchers would even put out a KRS alert to police and deputies. Keep Roger Safe.

Mike Kline, Glyndon Police Chief: “Running radar one day, and he looked out the window, here was Roger looking in the passenger window, then face to face with him in the driver's window.”

Roger even assisted police on traffic stops along highway ten.

Kline: “Chex mix, and after that day all my offcers fed him, so when he saw a squad car he ran up to the squad car, so if you were on a traffic stop, we had back up. Roger was back up.”

There is not only mourning on main street but at the elementary school where Roger was popular with the children.

“He would come to our house and we would feed him bread.”

“We like his little feather on his stomach. That was cute. He would sit in the road and let the cars go by.”

“He liked Tuna.”

A Thanksgiving Wall of Turkeys at the school sure seems like a fitting tribute to Roger, now buried out in the country. Some of his feathers saved for those who loved him best.

“The dispatchers knew him, everybody loved him. “

Even Minnesota Sporting Journal writer Bret Amundson wrote about his run in with Roger, taking these great photos of the bird.

Larry Fiala, Retired Postmaster: “We would feed him too, just like everyone else.”

And people like retired Postmaster Larry Fiala will remember the day Roger trotted right inside the mailroom.

Fiala: “Just kind of looking around, yeah.”

He leaves a legacy. The turkey tom that showed up one day with a flock of other birds, decided to stay behind by himself, and called this home.

“We're going to take care of him.”

The city of Glyndon also plans a special memorial to Roger on its website.