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St. Peter photographer Jon Smithers found this bald eagle, which he named Freedom, living near St. Peter. One day seven years ago he noticed the bird was banded. He spent the next seven years trying to find out the numbers on the band so that the bird could be identified. Just a few weeks ago, he was able to get the definitive photo of the band. The bird was released through Carpenter Nature Center's banding program. Photo special to the Star Gazette by Jon Smithers

Photographer finds bald eagle released through Carpenter Nature Center's banding program

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Near Crystal Falls, Mich., in 1998 someone pulled out a gun and shot a bald eagle. Twice. The eagle was discovered shortly thereafter, but the prognosis wasn't good.


Twelve years later, the outlook is much different for that eagle.

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Chad Richardson
Chad Richardson is the publisher and editor at the Hastings Star Gazette. He was the general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He previously worked at the Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.
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