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A snowy owl is shown Saturday north of Awater where local wildlife artist Shalese Sands of Willmar located the bird. She was able to shoot hundreds of photos that she will use for reference in a future painting. Snowy owls have been spotted this year in large numbers in the Midwest and across the U.S. (Submitted photo by Shalese Sands)

Snowy owls sighted in Kandiyohi County, many other areas in U.S. this year


WILLMAR — Local birdwatchers have sighted snowy owls in Kandiyohi County, which is thousands of miles from the birds’ traditional home range above the Arctic Circle.

Shalese Sands, of Willmar, went looking for a snowy owl Saturday afternoon, acting on a tip from Josh Wallestad, an avid birder, that the owl had been seen in the same area for about a week. At her last stop of the day, she found the bird near the intersection of County Roads 10 and 2 north of Atwater.

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Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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