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Fit and flying free: Harley the bald eagle recovered and released

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A fully recovered Harley the bald eagle was released Saturday, Jan. 30, as a crowd of 200 to 250 people cheered on a hillside overlooking the St. Croix River near Hastings.

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"The energy of the crowd, it was so exciting," said Julia Ponder, director of the University of Minnesota Raptor Center, which nursed the male eagle back to health. "The eagle just powered away, strong from the first flap."

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