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The Vergas Loon stands watch over Long Lake near Vergas, Minn. The loon is 50 years old this year. BRIAN BASHAM/TRIBUNE

Vergas loon celebrates 50 years

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A local feathered friend and iconic landmark is celebrating its 50th birthday this week.

The Vergas loon was officially dedicated on June 30, 1963. In celebration of this milestone, the Miss Vergas and Princess Altona Scholarship Programs are throwing a “Look Who’s Turning 50!” party on June 29 at 7 pm in the Vergas Event Center.

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