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A purple martin peeks out from the corner of a home on Minnesota's largest colony of the species, located on Long Lake in Hubbard County. Many of the young were casualties of cold weather last summer. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Hypothermia, starvation claim one-third of purple martin hatch

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It was a dismal year for purple martins. Starvation and hypothermia claimed the lives of one-third of Minnesota's largest colony, located in Hubbard County.

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