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Hawk attacks Breezy Point City Council member


While hanging bird feeders on his deck Thursday, June 26, Breezy Point City Council member Otto Schmid was taken by surprise when a hawk swooped down and sunk its talons into his scalp.

"I had no idea that thing was zeroing in on me," he said. "It didn't start screeching until it was about six inches from my head."

The bird's talons left puncture marks and a long scratch along his entire scalp.

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Chelsey Perkins
Chelsey Perkins grew up in Crosslake and is a graduate of Pequot Lakes High School. She earned her Bachelor's degree in professional journalism from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. Perkins has interned at the Lake Country Echo and the Rochester and Austin Post-Bulletins and also worked for the student-run Minnesota Daily newspaper as a copy editor and columnist during college. She went on to intern at Utne Reader magazine, where she was later hired as the research editor. Before joining the Brainerd Dispatch, Perkins worked as a staff writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal.
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