Michelle Rickard, a registered nurse in the ICU at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center, was on her way home from exercising May 27 when she snapped this photo of a mama bear and her three cubs crossing Riverside Drive near Essentia Health Sports Center in Brainerd.

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