H5N2 Confirmed in Wisconsin Commercial Chicken Farm

WASHINGTON -- The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza (HPAI) in a commercial layer flock in Jefferson County, Wisconsin. The flock of 200,000 chickens is located within the Mississippi flyway where this strain of avian influenza has previously been identified. CDC considers the risk to people from these HPAI H5 infections in wild birds, backyard flocks and commercial poultry, to be low. No human infections with the virus have been detected at this time.


Flocks in Cottonwood, Lyon and Watonwan County confirmed as H5N2 positive

ST. PAUL – State and federal officials are responding to additional confirmed cases of H5N2 highly-pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in commercial poultry in Minnesota. The United States Department of Agriculture today confirmed the detection of the disease in Cottonwood, Lyon and Watonwan Counties, and also confirmed a fourth case in Stearns County. There are now 13 confirmed cases in the state. The disease was identified quickly due to the Minnesota Board of Animal Health’s ongoing work with the poultry industry on surveillance for HPAI.


Minnesota West Presidential Search: Semifinalists Named

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities has named two semifinalists who are under consideration to be president of Minnesota West Community & Technical College. The candidates are Terry Gaalswyk and Martin Reimer.


Nobles County 4-H Win A Pig Competition

Nobles County 4-H announces the Win A Pig Competition for 4-H members in the county who are actively involved in or are planning to be involved in the Minnesota 4-H Swine Project. The winning entrant will receive a market pig (gilt or barrow) which will be at least two months of age at the time of selection. The market pig will be donated by Dale and Kathy Solt of Nobles County.


Gov. Dayton visits Worthington, touts buffer proposal

WORTHINGTON – Gov. Mark Dayton was in Worthington on Thursday touting his proposed Buffer Initiative, which would require a 50-foot buffer around all Minnesota lakes, rivers and streams. The initiative is designed to prevent pollution from entering the state’s waters.


Ag Commissioner confirms avian influenza in Nobles County

WORTHINGTON – During his visit to Worthington Thursday, Minnesota Department of Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson confirmed that a fourth case of pathogenic avian influenza in a commercial poultry flock had been confirmed in Minnesota. According to Frederickson, the H5N2 was confirmed in Nobles County after the farmer noticed the increase in death loss on one of his barns.


Safety Tips for Handling Anhydrous Ammonia

ST. PAUL, Minn. – In upcoming weeks, many area farmers will begin spring anhydrous ammonia (ammonia) applications. Serious injuries in Minnesota over the last several years were caused by the mishandling of ammonia. To stay safe when handling ammonia or performing maintenance on ammonia equipment, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture urges dealers and farmers to:


UPDATE: Name released in fatal crash near Ellsworth

UPDATE: 12:12 p.m.
ELLSWORTH – The driver of a pickup killed in a broadside crash Monday near Ellsworth was identified by the Minnesota State Patrol as 59-year-old Steven Hup of Luverne.


Songwriter, poetry and art contest in conjunction with Michael Martin Murphey concert

WORTHINGTON – In association with the upcoming Michael Martin Murphey concert, the Worthington Memorial Auditorium is sponsoring a Cowboy Songwriting, Poetry and Art Contest.

Murphey will be performing April 11 at the Auditorium, and the winners of the poetry and songwriting contest will perform their pieces during the show. The winners of the art concert will have their pieces displayed in the lobby. All winners will be invited to a VIP session with Murphey the day of the concert.


Gov. Dayton hopes to crack down on illegal poaching

ST. PAUL – In the wake of numerous high-profile instances of illegal poaching activity in Minnesota, Governor Mark Dayton has proposed significant reforms to Minnesota’s poaching laws this session. As a life-long hunter and angler, Dayton is pushing hard to enact more stringent penalties for those who intentionally violate the state’s hunting and fishing laws. By enacting more severe consequences for these crimes, Dayton and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) hope to deter illegal poaching, and ensure these criminal acts are properly and thoroughly punished.