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Local history buffs munch on muskrat in Michigan

Updated: Friday, March 1 2013, 09:04 AM EST
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MONROE, Mich. (AP) - Mmmmm, muskrat.
   
Members of the Algonquin Club of Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, recently gathered in Monroe, Mich., for their annual Muskrat Dinner.
   
The history buffs chatted about local lore and heard from a speaker about the War of 1812, but the star of the show was the sherry-soaked rodent, boiled to perfection and plated.
   
For these folks, chowing down on the once-furry fare is as natural as seeing them scurry around local waters.
   
Algonquin Club member Robert Lynch, of Kingsville, Ontario, was among the dozens in attendance looking to sample a taste of history.
   
Muskrat is a cousin to the rat and was a staple for the region's French-Canadian settlers.
   
According to Lynch, muskrat can't really be compared to other kinds of meat. He says it's "an acquired taste."
Local history buffs munch on muskrat in Michigan
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