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Bird Flu Found In Egg-Laying Facility, 2M Chickens Could Be Affected

As many as 2 million chickens may be euthanized after bird flu was found in an egg-laying facility in central Minnesota.

05/18/2015

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Good Questions: Turkey Eggs, Newspapers, MOA Money Ponds

Connie from Blaine wants to know: Why don’t we eat turkey eggs? Chickens lay eggs more often than turkeys — usually once a day versus a turkey’s every other day. Chickens also don’t incubate their eggs as long as turkeys.

05/15/2015

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Minnesota State Fair Cancels Poultry Shows Due To Bird Flu

All poultry shows have been canceled at the Minnesota State Fair and county fairs across the state this year as authorities try to stop the spread of bird flu. The Minnesota Board of Animal Health is also prohibiting birds from being included in swap meets, exotic animal sales and petting zoos.

05/15/2015

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Bird Flu Strikes 2 More Flocks, Upping Total Affected To 82

The bird flu virus continues to infect flocks in Minnesota. The Minnesota Board of Animal Health said Tuesday that two flocks in Kandiyohi are likely to have tested positive for the disease, which would bump the total number of affected farms to 82.

05/05/2015

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Bird Flu Strikes Biggest Minnesota Farm Yet; 1.1M Chickens

Bird flu has struck its biggest operation yet in Minnesota — a farm with over 1.1 million chickens in Nicollet County of south-central Minnesota.

05/04/2015

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An Explanation Of Wild Birds’ Role In Avian Flu Outbreak

Wild birds are believed to be behind the first major widespread outbreak of bird flu in the United States, with the virus confirmed in the animals in 10 states. Here are some questions and answers about how wild birds remain healthy even when carrying the virus and spread it to backyard and commercial flocks of chickens and turkeys.

04/27/2015

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Sen. Klobuchar Seeks Broader Compensation For Poultry Farmers

U.S. Senator Klobuchar met with poultry producers Monday morning in Litchfield. She says some producers have lost everything all in one week. Klobuchar said it was very emotional with several of them breaking down.

04/27/2015

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Gov. Dayton Declares State Of Emergency Over Bird Flu

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has declared a state of emergency over a bird flu outbreak that’s killed millions of birds in the state’s poultry industry. The governor’s order activates an emergency operations plan to support the state response to the epidemic.

04/23/2015

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Wisconsin Records 1st Outbreak Of H5N2 Bird Flu Strain

Wisconsin has confirmed its first case of a dangerous bird flu strain that has struck several other Midwest states. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday that it has confirmed the highly pathogenic H5N2 strain in a commercial flock of 200,000 chickens in Jefferson County of southeastern Wisconsin.

04/13/2015

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Humane Society Accuses Minn. Hen Processing Plant Of Animal Cruelty

The Humane Society of the United States is accusing a hen processing plant in southern Minnesota of animal cruelty for allegedly drowning conscious hens in scalding hot water and performing other inhumane procedures.

01/05/2015

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Warrant Issued For Mpls. Man Suspected Of Cockfighting

A warrant has been issued for a Minneapolis man who was charged with cruelty to animals in connection with a cockfighting ring. Minneapolis Police and Minneapolis Animal Control seized several roosters, chickens, hens and cockfighting paraphernalia from a home at 3502 Newton Ave. N. in Minneapolis on Jan. 10, according to the Hennepin County Attorney’s office.

03/21/2014

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Cockfighting Ring Busted In Mpls. After Tip From Observant Neighbor

Minneapolis police have busted a cockfighting ring on the city’s north side. An anonymous call sent investigators to the 3500 block of Newton Avenue North. A search warrant got them inside, where they found 19 roosters involved in cockfighting.

01/21/2014

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Pine Co. Mother And Daughter Charged With Animal Abuse, Neglect

Formal charges have been filed against two Pine County women who are accused of the neglect and abuse of more than 100 animals on a farm near Pine City. According to the Pine County Sheriff’s office, Kathleen Mary Doenz, 65, and her mother, 86-year-old Gloria Irene Carlson, were each charged Friday with five felony counts, five gross misdemeanor counts and four misdemeanor counts related to the abuse and neglect of horses, dogs, cats, chickens, ducks and other animals on their property.

12/27/2013

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Season Of Hope: The Lemkes Of Belle Plaine

All December long, WCCO’s been making the season brighter for families whose stories touched us this year. Earlier this month, a fire destroyed the Lemke family’s barn in Belle Plaine. They lost their kids’ outdoor toys and some special chickens that were used as therapy for their son’s ADHD. We invited the Lemkes to WCCO in downtown Minneapolis for a Christmas surprise we hope they’ll never forget.

12/23/2013

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Locally Laid Egg Co. Gunning For Super Bowl Berth

A local egg company has been named one of four finalists competing to have their ad played at this year’s Super Bowl in February. Locally Laid Egg Company has already beat out thousands of others to get this far and now they need your help to get more votes.

11/25/2013

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Ill. Pork Producer Buys Minn. Chicken Company

An Illinois pork processor announced plans Friday to buy Minnesota meat packer GNP Company, which sells chicken under the Gold’n Plump, Just BARE and Sunny Roost brands. The family owned companies issued a joint statement that did not disclose terms of the deal.

11/22/2013

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Urban Hens Often Abandoned Once Egg-Laying Ends

Five chickens live in artist Alicia Rheal’s backyard in Madison, Wis., and when they age out of laying eggs, they may become chicken dinner. More old hens are showing up at animal shelters, where workers increasingly respond to reports of abandoned poultry.

11/16/2013

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Wander Minnesota: From Layoff To Super Bowl Commercial Finalist

Sometimes, that old adage about making lemonade from lemons is more than a little true. Although in the case of Wrenshall’s Locally Laid, maybe it’s a case of making omelets from—well—eggs.

11/13/2013

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Local Egg Company Clamors For Super Bowl Ad Time

According to the owners of Locally Laid Eggs, their chickens are known as athletes. Oh, and they’re all named ‘Lola.’ The egg company is one of the finalists in a competition to win free ad time during the Super Bowl. The family farmers were in the Twin Cities Monday in an effort to get out the vote for the contest, which is sponsored by the software company Intuit. Owners Lucy and Jason Amundsen, along with their kids and the Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson, were celebrating the announcement at the Seward Co-Op in south Minneapolis.

11/11/2013

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Twin Cities Hatching With Hope For Backyard Chickens

These days it doesn’t seem to matter. Just because you live in a city doesn’t mean you can’t have the perks of a farm life. People all over the Twin Cities metro are are getting eggs from their own backyards. But one local town has landed on the fence over it all.

10/18/2013

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Pet Chicken Boom Alarms Animal Sanctuary

Are chickens a farm animal or a pet? That’s a question that many city leaders have to answer as chickens become the new trend in pet ownership.

04/28/2012

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Company Announces Texas Chicken Feed Recall

A Minnesota company has announced a voluntary recall of some mislabeled chicken feed sold in Texas.

04/27/2012

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A Video Showing Cruel Conditions Of Chickens Is Going Viral

Mercy for Animals has produced a video showing the poor and cruel conditions of how some chickens are raised.

11/21/2011

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Target Refuses To Use Eggs From MN Farm

Following McDonald’s lead, Target Corp. has now refused to use eggs from Sparboe Farms, where undercover cameras recorded unsanitary conditions and employees harming the chickens.

11/19/2011

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McD’s Stops Using MN Egg Supplier Over Shocking Video

McDonald’s Corp. said Friday it has dropped a Minnesota-based egg supplier after an animal rights group released an undercover video of operations at the egg producer’s farms in three states.

11/18/2011