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Katie Kuefler, 16, of Glen Ellyn, IL, at right, is shown working on a loon nesting platform at the family's vacation home on Rabideau Lake. Watching are her sister Caroline, and father, Patrick, a St. Cloud native now with the federal Environmental Protection Agency in Illinois.

Where have all the baby loons gone?

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Katie Kuefler is 16 and from Illinois, but with her family, she spends about a month each year at their Rabideau Lake vacation home.


Katie is a Girl Scout, and when she heard others talking about never seeing baby loons around as in earlier years, she got interested. Interested enough, as it turned out, to make a Gold Award project out of doing something about it.

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