Back home: Eagle injured after crashing into boat on I-94 released


The bald eagle that got hurt when it crashed into a hitched boat on Interstate 94 last month was set free Wednesday, according to reports.

Scott and Marilyn Kregness of Tower, Minnesota were towing a fire boat from Florida, tightly cocooned in white shrink wrap, along I-94 near Menomonie, Wisconsin, when the bald eagle swooped in low over the front of their truck. The couple didn't notice any sign of the bird, so they continued on their way, the Chippewa Herald reported.

Later, they found an angry bird in their boat.

An officer with the Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release, Inc., in Colfax, Wisconsin, came to get the wayward raptor. It was eventually taken to the Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota for rehab after suffering some internal injuries.

Now the healthy bird is back in the wild. It was released just under two miles from where it hit the boat, the Associated Press reports.

"When he flew off he knew this area," Patti Stangle, of Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release, told the AP. "He's back home and he knows it."

Scott Kregness was also there to watch the bird fly away.

A number of eagles have flown into the headlines this spring – one for adopting a duck egg. A DNR EagleCam is keeping watch as several eaglets prepare to fly.

And in March, Twitter flew to the rescue of two eagles that tangled talons and crashed to the ground in Shakopee.

Next Up

Anthony Edwards

Ant's rally not enough to save Timberwolves

Edwards' third-quarter explosion came too late in a loss to the Pelicans.

Rent, mortgage, house, key, door

Victims of property manager's sexual harassment to get $736,000

It's part of a consent decree announced by the Department of Justice Monday.

The Liffey Pub Facebook

St. Paul's Irish pub The Liffey reveals it won't reopen

The beloved pub has been closed since the start of the pandemic.

Proctor football

Proctor football investigation: Case goes to county attorney

The office will review the evidence and consider possible criminal charges.

kirsten mitchell screegrab

'I’m heading home!': CA reporter announces return to WCCO

Kirsten Mitchell interned at WCCO years ago. Now, she's coming back as a reporter.


As part of price gouging settlement, farm to donate 1M eggs to food nonprofits

The egg producer will donate more than 1 million eggs to nonprofits fighting hunger.

plane, Piper PA-32

Sheriff: Witnesses saw plane 'performing aerial maneuvers' before fatal crash

The single-engine aircraft went down in northern Wisconsin, killing a brother and sister.

Screen Shot 2021-10-25 at 8.51.02 AM

Community rallies around Minnetonka HS dancer battling brain tumor

A fundraiser raised more than $44,000 of its $60,000 goal in the first two days.

twin city gardens

In rare move, MDH takes control of Minneapolis nursing home

The temporary receivership is to ensure resident safety.

Sen Mark Koran crop

Lawmaker deletes post encouraging donations to family charged in Capitol riot

Sen. Mark Koran, in his Facebook post, described them as "a good family!"