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Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Technician Mike Hruza gets too close and riles an eaglet, one of two siblings thrown from a nest when a tree blew down Sunday. Both young birds, which haven't learned to fly yet, escaped serious injury in the crash. Their parents will continue to feed them on the ground. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Eaglets survive after wind blows down nest north of Bemidji

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Sunday's winds caused a dead spruce holding a large eagles' nest to come crashing down north of Bemidji.

The nest tree, a roadside attraction in a swamp east of Irvine Avenue Northwest and south of the intersection of U.S. Highway 71, broke in pieces as it landed and crushed the nest. The parent birds would have flown as their tree toppled, but their young weren't able to fly yet.

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