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Pounding pancakes in Woodbury

Hudson's Todd Peterson won a pancake-eating contest last weekend at Woodbury's Valley Creek Mall. Bulletin photo by Mike Longaecker1 / 3
Age was not a restriction at a pancake-eating contest last weekend at Valley Creek Mall. This youngster finished his entire pancake. Bulletin photo by Mike Longaecker2 / 3
Challengers at last weekend's pancake-eating contest at Valley Creek Mall used several different strategies in attempting to defeat the plus-sized pancakes. Here, a contestant attempts to fold his in half while dipping it in water. Bulletin photo by Mike Longaecker3 / 3

Pancakes weren't part of a breakfast ensemble last week. They were targets to be destroyed.

Hudson resident Todd Peterson took home first place Saturday, Feb. 23, in a pancake-eating contest at Woodbury's Valley Creek Mall. The contest called on participants to speed-eat one Keys Cafe pancake, which have been dubbed "as big as manhole covers." Peterson, a Woodbury native, finished his in 1 minute, 8 seconds, and took home a $150 prize for his efforts.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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