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Good Question ‘Reply All': Windshields, Fruit Stickers & Mosquito Bites

Brad from Watertown wants to know: Why are there dots on our windshields? Our friends from Abra Auto Body and Glass helped us with this one. Basically those dots are there to stop UV rays from coming in from the sun. Without the dots, UV rays could burn the adhesive that holds the windshield in place.

06/06/2014

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USDA Orders Farms To Report Pig Virus Infections

Farms stricken with a deadly pig virus must report outbreaks as part of a new program to help monitor and possibly control the spread of the disease, the federal government announced Friday. Porcine epidemic diarrhea has killed millions of pigs in 27 states since showing up in the U.S. last May, with Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and North Carolina being hit hardest. The disease has been blamed for recent increases in bacon and pork prices. Farmers have struggled to control the virus, because little is known about how it spreads and there is not yet a federally approved vaccine.

04/18/2014

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Supervalu Pressures Farmers To End Use Of Pig Pens

One of the country’s largest grocery companies is joining others who are pressuring pork suppliers to stop using restrictive gestation crates for their pigs. Supervalu says it will require reports from its suppliers on their progress in producing pork without the use of the individual stalls that are too narrow for a pregnant pig to turn around.

03/12/2014

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Virus Kills 7,000 Minn. Pigs

An illness that only affects pigs is making its way across the Midwest, including here in Minnesota. The Porcine Epidemic Virus (P.E.D.) killed more than 7,000 pigs at a facility near Good Thunder last December. Pork producers say newborn piglets are most susceptible, and it’s always fatal. The virus’ devastation cost the facility about $500,000.

02/01/2014

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Undercover Video Shows Alleged Mistreatment Of Minn. Pigs

A California-based animal rights group is calling on Walmart, the nation’s largest retailer, to stop buying pork from a Minnesota producer. Mercy For Animals went undercover at a hog farm in Pipestone and recorded gruesome images they say proves their point.

10/29/2013

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About 1,000 Pigs Died In Eastern Iowa Blaze

Authorities say about 1,000 pigs died in a fire at an eastern Iowa hog containment operation.

02/04/2013

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150-Plus Pigs Killed In South Minn. Barn Fire

Approximately 180 pigs have been killed in a Conger, Minn. barn fire Tuesday morning.

12/12/2012

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Target To Phase Out Pork From Cramped Sow Pens

Target Corp. is the latest major food company to tell its pork suppliers to phase out the use of cramped stalls for confining pregnant sows.

10/26/2012

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High Corn Prices Could Make Bacon More Expensive

A shortage down on the farm could lead to a price spike for a popular breakfast-time staple. This summer’s record drought has hurt many crops like corn. And pigs eat corn, making them more expensive to raise.

09/26/2012

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Teenage Boy Becomes Minn.’s 4th Swine Flu Case

The Minnesota Department of Health has linked another case of a new swine flu strain to the Minnesota State Fair. According to MPR, a teenage boy developed a flu-like illness after he returned home, and later tested positive for a variant strain of H1N2. He had exhibited a pig at the fair.

09/10/2012

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Pig Exposure At State Fair Linked To Three Human Cases Of Influenza

According to the Minnesota Department of Health, three people are believed to have developed a strain of influenza known as variant H1N2 (H1N2v) after exhibiting pigs or spending time in the swine barn at the Minnesota State Fair.

08/31/2012

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Biden In Minneapolis: Wall St. Reform Critics ‘Squealing Pigs’

Vice President Joe Biden is defending the Obama administration’s efforts to reform Wall Street — and comparing Republican critics of the law to “squealing pigs.”

08/21/2012

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Should The State Fair Swine Barn Close?

Two days before the Minnesota State Fair, a top health expert says the pig barn should be closed. That’s because a new strain of swine flu has made it to Minnesota.

08/21/2012

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2 Cases Of New Swine Flu Strain Reported In Minn.

Health officials say that the new strain of swine flu that’s already sickened more at least 200 people in eight states this summer is now in Minnesota.

08/20/2012

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Swine Flu Concerns Rise As State Fair Draws Near

There are some new concerns Wednesday morning regarding a new strain of swine flu that’s already sickened more than 160 people across the country this summer.

08/15/2012

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