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Local raptor expert Tim Driscoll said the owl's wing didn't apprear to be broken but strained. Driscoll planned to keep the owl overnight and release it Thursday back in Lincoln Park. At right is firefighter Howard Range . photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Saving the Great Horned Owl

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Stephen J. Lee / GRAND FORKS HERALD - At dusk Wednesday, skiers, firefighters, police and birders rescued a great horned owl from a kite-eating tree down by the Red River in Grand Forks’ Lincoln Park.

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Cross-country skiers first saw the proud raptor, hanging ingloriously from the tip of one wing, caught in a tassel of kite string, nearly 20 feet above the ground.

Lisa Wagner first saw it, then waved over two fellow skiers.

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