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The MN Purple Martin Working Group

Kelly Applegate is the wildlife biologist for The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Indians. He has pretty much single-handedly organized the Purple Martin Working Group where members gather to share information and organize programs to promote interest in purple martins such as "Martin Fests," "Roost Watches," and the construction of martin houses on public lands. If you already have a colony or would like to establish a colony, you could join this group by contacting Kelly at or even this site's webmaster (and martin landlord), Lee Bakewell, at

The Minnesota Purple Martin Working Group Members:
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PMWG Meeting-December 9, 2014 (Photos supplied by Lee Bakewell):

PMWG Meeting-March 14, 2014 (Photos supplied by Joe Sausen):

PMWG Meeting-October 25, 2013:

PMWG Meeting-May 17, 2013:

PMWG Meeting-2012

PMWG Meeting-2011

PMWG Meeting-2010:



MartinFest 2014 at Baker National Golf Course in Medina, MN

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MartinFest 2013 at St. John’s Arboretum in Collegeville

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MartinFest 2012 Royalton, Hosted by Ray Sieben

MartinFest 2011 Willmar, Hosted by Dick Doll

MartinFest 2010 Otsego, Hosted by Tony Lau

MartinFest 2009 Park Rapids, Hosted by Don Wilkins

MartinFest 2008 Hugo, Hosted by Paul and Carrie Wolf

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