See the trumpeter swans near Monticello, Minn.

  • Updated: December 31, 2013 - 2:00 PM
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Trumpeter swans gather on the Mississippi River near Monticello.

Photo: Jim Williams • Special to the Star Tribune,

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See the swans

One of winter’s most spectacular sights is the annual gathering of majestic trumpeter swans on the Mississippi River in Monticello, Minn. Thousands of the big birds paddle around in the water kept open by the warm outfall from the nearby nuclear power plant. For many years a Monticello family has fed the swans, and the 10:30 a.m. daily feeding time has become a viewing tradition for many families, photographers and swan enthusiasts. Find directions and how many swans are currently gathered on the river at the Monticello Chamber of Commerce and Industry site, www.monticellocci.com/pages/swans.

Val Cunningham

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