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'Mission accomplished' for bald eagles

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The American bald eagle was officially removed from the endangered species list Thursday at a ceremony near the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The bald eagle was put on the endangered species list in 1973. In 1968, there was only one pair of nesting eagles in the Upper Mississippi Wildlife Refuge, said MaryBeth Garrigan, director of the National Eagle Center in Wabasha.

There are now about 30 nesting pairs between Red Wing and Wabasha, Garrigan said.

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