PELICAN LAKE, Minn. — The unexpected rescue saga began with commotion outside the Roseberrys’ picture window. Accustomed to visits from wildlife, the Arizona family who spends summers at their cabin on Pelican Lake near Brainerd found themselves face to beak — a very sharp beak — with a baby bird in distress Thursday, June 13. This wasn’t like the finch chick Barb Roseberry once nursed with an eyedropper filled with mashed berries, however.
BAXTER, Minn. — Hidden from view along a country lane north of Baxter is a humble meadow dotted with young evergreens. But for many lakes area families, it’s so much more than that. It’s a patch of land that’s witnessed the unbridled joy of children for two generations, offered countless neighborhood teens first jobs as “elves” and provided thousands of Christmases with the season’s most cherished symbol — the tree. And this December will be its last.
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