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Sandhill cranes are magnificent

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On a recent drive through the countryside of western Clearwater County, I caught sight of one of Minnesota's largest birds -- certainly the tallest. A pair of sandhill cranes was walking side by side in a freshly mowed hayfield. I had thought I saw a chick with the adult birds, so I stopped to observe them. It turned out there was no chick, but I was nevertheless delighted.

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