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Dick Doll captures chicks from his colony to band in this photo from July 2009. Doll will be hosting the ninth annual Minnesota MartinFest! on July 25 at his home north of Willmar. The free event is an opportunity to learn how easy and fun it can be to host a purple martin colony. (Tribune file photo

Willmar, Minn., 'landlord' to purple martin colony to host MartinFest! later this month


WILLMAR -- As faithfully as purple martins gather to roost prior to their migration each fall, so too will birding enthusiasts join near Willmar to learn all about these and other songbirds.

Dick Doll's home and purple martin nesting colony near King Lake north of Willmar will be the site for the ninth annual Minnesota MartinFest! from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. June 25.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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