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Trumpeter swans such as these are protected. One was found dead in Kandiyohi County, and authorities are trying to apprehend the culprit. (Minnesota Department of Natural Resources photo)

DNR officer out to catch trumpeter swan killer in Kandiyohi County, Minn.

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COLFAX TOWNSHIP -- Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officer Jim Steffen is looking for the person who shot and killed a trumpeter swan in the northern part of Kandiyohi County.

The carcass of the protected species was found along a secluded gravel road near a large slough. Steffen said today that he estimates the bird was killed about 10 days ago.

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Rand Middleton

Covers Willmar and area high schools and Ridgewater College, plus amateur baseball, stock car racing and fitness events in summer. Writes weekly column since 1980. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 

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