Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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OLIVIA, Minn. -- Jeff Barber found himself on the front line in the avian influenza epidemic in April when one of his turkey flocks became the first to be infected in Nobles County. One month later, Barber, of T & M Farms, of Worthington, drove north to Olivia looking for answers. "It's hard to find answers, nothing is being done for us down there,'' Barber said.
Residents in the community of Renville are beginning to see first-hand the toll that the avian influenza epidemic is taking.
LITCHFIELD — They saw the first sign of what was to come on a Saturday night. The turkeys in one of the barns seemed a little bit off, the farm’s manager called to tell him. “He said they just don’t seem to have that sparkle in their eye that they should,’’ said Greg Langmo, owner of Langmo Farms of Litchfield. On Sunday morning, he walked into the turkey barn to find it “as quiet as a church sanctuary.” Birds that normally
ST. PAUL — A Cooper’s hawk from Yellow Medicine County is the first Minnesota wild bird to test positive for the highly pathogenic avian influenza HPAI virus that has infected poultry farms across Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reported Thursday morning. The Cooper’s Hawk was recovered April 14 after it flew on to the deck of a home in St. Leo in the western portion of the county and died.
WILLMAR, Minn. -- More help is on the way to help turkey and other poultry producers cope with the epidemic of highly pathogenic avian influenza, but state and federal officials also warned that the problem will remain for years.
GRANITE FALLS — A Craigslist match-up took Thomas Dickson’s life when the 64-year-old man was strangled in his Montevideo apartment by his partner while using a leash in a sex...
MADISON, Minn. -- Angela Brown of Madison has signed off on an agreement that will lead to the dismissal of a child endangerment charge against her for giving her 15-year-old son cannabis oil to treat his seizures and pain from a traumatic brain injury.
BUFFALO, Minn. -- Turkey losses continue to mount in Minnesota, but the real financial impact of the highly pathogenic avian influenza is falling on producers with infected flocks much more so than the industry as a whole, according to Steve Olson, president of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association in Buffalo.
WILLMAR, Minn. – A commercial turkey flock in Stearns County has become the third in the state to be infected by the highly pathogenic avian influenza. The infection was confirmed Saturday, when state officials announced that a commercial flock of approximately 40,000 birds had been struck. The disease infected birds in one of four barns on the site. There had been a significant death loss in the infected barn, according to Dr. Bill Hartmann, state veterinarian, Minnesota Board of Health.
A Montevideo girl whose struggles with an inherited disease led her parents to advocate for the legalization of medical cannabis in Minnesota has died at age 8.