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Brian and Kathy Chapa, owners of Ellsworth Locker in Ellsworth, won recognition for seven specialty meat entries at the 2017 Minnesota Meat Processors Convention in St. Cloud.
The Chapas received the grand champion award for their bone-in ham. In addition, their dried beef, jalapeno pepper-jack brats and supreme pizza brats were awarded reserve grand champion, and their pork links, beef jerky and Minnesota brats won champion awards.
There were more than 24 entrants in the meat competition, representing the states of Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota. A total of 408 meat products in 26 different categories were entered in the contest.
Products were judged by 38 experts in the meat industry.