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June 6, 2006

Honeycrisp Apple -- The Official State Fruit

The Honeycrisp apple developed by the U of M will now join the pantheon of official state symbols alongside the loon, walleye and lady slipper flower. Jim Luby, a U of M horticulturalist, who together with his colleague David Bedford, spearheaded the Honeycrisp breeding efforts, says students at Anderson Elementary School in Bayport are to thank for the naming honor.

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More specifically, It was Mrs. Laurel Avery's 4th Grade Class at Andersen Elementary in Bayport that put the motion in to have the bill written.