MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Rep. Collin Peterson is the winner of this year's Minnesota congressional ''Hotdish Off,'' with the help of a key ingredient from a neighboring state.
Peterson won the seventh annual competition among Minnesota's congressional delegation with his ``Right To Bear Arms Hotdish.'' One of Peterson's staffers, Mike Stranz, shot the bear on a hunting trip.
Peterson says it's an honor to win with a hotdish that recognizes the great outdoors. He also admitted that the bear was shot in Wisconsin.
Sen. Al Franken started the contest as a way to blend bipartisanship and Minnesota traditions.
The contest was judged by Ed Ehlinger, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Health; Mee Moua, president and executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice; and Norm Ornstein, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.