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Federal Gov’t To Step Up Bird Flu Monitoring This Fall

The federal government has announced plans to step up monitoring of wild birds for avian influenza this fall to provide an early warning of any resurgence of a disease that devastated poultry farms in the Upper Midwest.

07/02/2015

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Bird Flu-Related Layoffs Harming Faribault’s Economy, Residents

It has been nearly three weeks since the last reported case of the bird flu in Minnesota. But the state has been hit hard since the outbreak began in March. About nine million turkeys and more than 100 farms have been lost.

06/24/2015

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Egg Shortage Cutting Into Restaurant Profits, Menu Items

Those who like to indulge in a good omelet or quiche at the local cafe should prepare to pay a little more — if it’s even on the menu.

06/21/2015

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Minnesota Records 13 Straight Days With No New Bird Flu

Minnesota recorded its 13th straight day with no new cases of bird flu on Thursday as the focus on recovery continues. Minnesota producers have lost around 9 million turkeys and chickens on 108 farms to the H5N2 avian influenza virus since its presence was first confirmed in early March.

06/18/2015

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Good Questions: National Anthem, Flu Names & Lakes

Gaylene from St. Paul asks: Why do we put our hands over our hearts during the national anthem? It is actually part of United States law. The U.S. Flag Code was adopted in 1923, and it says when the flag is present during the anthem, veterans and members of the Armed Forces should give the military salute.

06/12/2015

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New Bird Flu Cases Slow, Focus Turns To Preventing Repeat

No new bird flu cases have been reported in nearly a week on commercial farms in Minnesota and Iowa, giving government officials, scientists and farmers hope that the worst U.S. outbreak of the bird flu is, though not over, winding down.

06/12/2015

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Some Farmers Restocking After Bird Flu Outbreak

We’re seeing a new phase in the bird flu outbreak that has led to the deaths of millions of turkeys in Minnesota. A small number of affected farmers are now restocking.

06/11/2015

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Canterbury Park Cancels Ostrich Races Due To Bird Flu Scare

There is some breaking news out of Shakopee that is sure to ruffle some feathers. Canterbury Park officials have announced that ostriches will not take part in this year’s Extreme Race Day — the park’s most popular event of the year.

06/11/2015

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Stearns County Farm To Become 2nd In Minnesota To Restock

The Minnesota Board of Animal Health says one of the first farms in Stearns County to be hit by the Midwest bird flu outbreak is set to restock with turkeys in the coming days. It’ll be the second Minnesota poultry farm to resume production.

06/10/2015

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Egg Prices Nearly Triple At Some Iowa Stores

Egg prices have tripled at some supermarkets, and we have the outbreak of bird flu to blame. In Iowa, nearly half the birds at farms in the state have been affected by the avian flu.

06/10/2015

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1st Midwest Farm Hit By Bird Flu Restarts

Three months after a devastating form of bird flu made its first appearance in the Midwest, the first poultry farm in the region to be affected is growing turkeys again — even though the virus is still lurking in Minnesota and beyond.

06/09/2015

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Kandiyohi County Records 40th Bird Flu Case

The top turkey producing county in the country’s top turkey state has recorded its 40th case of bird flu. The Minnesota Board of Animal Health on Friday said the state’s latest presumed positive detection is a turkey farm in Kandiyohi County.

06/05/2015

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Good Question: How Can Humans Catch The Bird Flu?

The Centers for Disease Control issued another warning Wednesday to doctors and health officials: be on the lookout for people infected with avian flu. Minnesota health officials right now are monitoring poultry workers and others who might be exposed to infected birds. So far, no one has shown signs of getting sick.

06/04/2015

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USDA: Bird Flu Vaccine Not Good Enough For Outbreak

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says a bird flu vaccine doesn’t work well enough to approve it for emergency use against the current outbreak that’s shaken the Midwest poultry industry.

06/03/2015

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Large Renville County Chicken Farm Hit By Bird Flu

The Minnesota Board of Animal Health says the farms with presumptive positive test results announced Wednesday included one with 415,000 young chickens that had not started laying eggs, and a turkey farm where the flock size was not immediately available.

06/03/2015

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Hard-Hit Kandiyohi County Reports 39th Bird Flu Case

The top turkey producing county in the top turkey state has reported another case of bird flu. The Minnesota Board of Animal Health reported presumptive positive test results Tuesday from a 39th flock in Kandiyohi County.

06/02/2015

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Brown County Records Minnesota’s 103rd Bird Flu Case

The Minnesota Board of Animal Health on Monday said the presumptive positive case announced Monday is the fourth farm in Brown County to be affected by the outbreaks.

06/01/2015

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Brown County Records Minnesota’s 103rd Bird Flu Case

A turkey farm in Brown County of south-central Minnesota has become the latest in the state to fall victim to bird flu. The Minnesota Board of Animal Health on Monday said the presumptive positive case announced Monday is the fourth farm in Brown County to be affected by the outbreaks.

06/01/2015

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4 New Cases Push Minnesota Bird Flu Toll To Over 100 Farms

The Board of Animal Health on Friday reported presumptive positive tests from flocks in Kandiyohi, Renville and Brown counties, while Blue Earth County recorded its first detection since the H5N2 virus was first confirmed in Minnesota in early March.

05/29/2015

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Kandiyohi County Hit Hard From Bird Flu Crisis

So far, 97 farms have been affected by the bird flu since the outbreak began in March. Kandiyohi County is ground zero with 37 of those farms. The state announced three new cases of the bird flu today, six new ones were reported yesterday.

05/27/2015

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Bird Flu Returns To Minnesota With 6 Newly Infected Farms

Bird flu has returned to Minnesota after a lull of over a week with no new cases, with presumptive positive test results from six turkey farms. The new detections announced by the Minnesota Board of Animal Health on Tuesday.

05/26/2015

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Dayton Vetoes Agriculture-Environment And Jobs-Energy Bills

Gov. Mark Dayton has vetoed two major budget bills ahead of a Saturday night deadline for final action on bills passed before the legislative session ended late Monday.

05/23/2015

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Iowa Reports New Bird Flu Turkey Case In Pocahontas County

Iowa agriculture officials say an additional turkey farm in Pocahontas County has tested positive for bird flu. If confirmed, the case will be the third in that county. The case brings the Iowa total to 64 farms with bird flu.

05/22/2015

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Bird Flu Outbreak Forces Minnesota Companies To Cut Jobs

Rembrandt Enterprises is laying off nearly 40 full-time employees, for now. The virus hit its egg-laying plant in Renville earlier this month and forced them to put down more than 2 million chickens.

05/22/2015

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Largest Minnesota Farm Hit By Bird Flu To Lay Off 39 Workers

The largest Minnesota farm to be hit by bird flu is temporarily laying off 39 full-time employees. The outbreak at the Rembrandt Enterprises egg farm in Renville was confirmed last week.

05/21/2015

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