KARE 11's Eric Perkins slips into Leno's final goodbye

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Most viewers probably missed it, but Minnesota slipped into a moment of TV history last week.

TV talk show legend Jay Leno did his final "Tonight" show Thursday, and the comedian mentioned Minnesota in his final monologue, featuring a backyard luge story by KARE 11's Eric Perkins.

Perkins is no newcomer to the backyard luge. He folded his 6-foot-4 frame into a saucer and hit the icy track in a Crystal yard last month. He also sailed down an icy track in Elk River.

But the clip you'll see in Leno's final show had Perkins hollering as he careens down a backyard luge track in Cologne. "A lot of it is just me screaming," Perkins told the Star Tribune. He said he didn't know "Tonight" would be using his story.

The moment comes at about 4:30 in this video:

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