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Wisconsin, Minnesota governors announce big game wagers

Governor Jim Doyle and Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty issued a joint press release on Thursday.

The two governors have agreed on a friendly wager over the outcome of Saturday's game between the Wisconsin Badgers and the Minnesota Gophers and the Monday Night Football showdown between the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings.

For the college football game, Doyle wagered a selection of Usinger's famous sausages and Carr Valley specialty cheeses.

Pawlenty offered Hormel pork tenderloin and Minnesota wild rice.

The game between the Gophers and Badgers at TCF Bank Stadium will be the 118th matchup between the teams, the longest-running rivalry in NCAA Division 1-A football. The game's winner will take home "Paul Bunyan's Ax."

The Monday night National Football League bet will highlight a selection of Minnesota beers vs. Wisconsin beers.

"In addition to two Minnesota victories, state officials will be on hand to welcome thousands of Wisconsinites who will likely decide to defect to Minnesota," Pawlenty said. "Between a Gopher win at the new on-campus stadium and another great performance from Brett Favre, it's going to be an excellent few days in the land of Purple and Gold."

"Of course there are many deep, important reasons why Wisconsin will be counting on the Badgers and the Packers to win, but not least among them is that we're all intrigued by what 'Minnesota beer' might be," Doyle said. "This is a great and exciting rivalry and I'm sure all the Badgers and current Packers will be up to the task."