Third case of rare lake parasitic infection reported

A life aquatic edition of the Glean…

Jeremy Olson and Matt McKinney at the Star Tribune report on a third case of a Minnesota lake swimmer being infected by the Naegleria fowleri amoeba: “Hunter Boutain, of Alexandria, Minn., remained in critical condition Wednesday night at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, after apparently inhaling the Naegleria fowleri amoeba while swimming in Minnewaska. … Boutain, who just finished eighth grade at Discovery Middle School, was largely unresponsive and breathing with a respirator, according to posts from his uncle on a family CaringBridge website.”
Related: 4 charts that help explain the prevalence of rare parasite nationwide

In other invasive species news: The Austin Daily Herald has published an AP story on young zebra mussels being discovered in the Red River north of Wahpeton, according to North Dakota’s Game and Fish Department: “A survey conducted by the department in June found a “significant” number of zebra mussel larvae called veligers at Wahpeton, Abercrombie, Fargo, Grand Forks, Drayton and Pembina. The only known population of zebra mussels within the Red River basin is an established population of adults in the Otter Tail River watershed in Minnesota, upstream from where the Otter Tail and Bois de Sioux rivers join to form the Red at Wahpeton-Breckenridge.”

Cruel irony. The Pioneer Press has an AP story on Minneapolis City Attorney Susan Segal wanting to sue the architectural firm that designed a memorial honoring the victims of the 2007 Interstate 35W bridge collapse over defects: ” ‘Unfortunately, I think it was in the second year that the memorial was open that there were issues found with the water element,’ she said. ‘The water has been off at the memorial ever since, except for I think perhaps the anniversary each year.’ When the water is running, it appears that it’s not being recycled like it should be, which has caused erosion to the bluff behind the memorial, Segal said.”

Michael Rietmulder at City Pages relays former City Pages blogger “turned DFL henchman” Aaron Rupar’s discovery of some innovative bros downing some brews in the middle of Round Lake over the 4th of July: “Curious, [Rupar] hopped on his Jet Ski to get a closer look. As Rupar approached this peculiar vessel, he saw a handful of people seated at a picnic table, sipping beers in the middle of the lake. Was it the divine hand of God that allowed this backyard lunch perch to float on water? Nay. Our lake party hero had fashioned a picnic table pontoon. ‘All the summers I’ve gone up there, all the times I’ve been on a lake, I’ve never seen anything like that,’ Rupar says.”

Life jackets and seat belts please. WCCO-TV reports a St. Michael man getting ticketed for his taking his kiddie pool on the road: “The state trooper first noticed the truck because of a broken windshield. When the trooper went to pull the truck over, he noticed two girls and a boy in the bed of the truck. They were wearing their swimsuits. The trooper said the bed of the truck had been filled with water.”

In on-land news…

Minnesota’s Somali-Americans urge new treatment for would-be terrorists. [New York Times]

University of Minnesota Regents push back new consent policy. [Minnesota Daily]

MTV’s The Real World is looking for Minnesotans for their 31st season. [City Pages]

Lawmakers in Minnesota are looking to ban gun-shaped cell phone cases. [WCCO-TV]

Two groups are seeking federal protection for a subspecies of moose found in the Midwest. [KARE 11]

Cedar Cultural Center‘s executive director Rob Simonds to retire. [The Cedar]

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Joe Smithers on 07/10/2015 - 10:21 am.

    Hunter

    According to the paper this morning he was declared brain dead last night and has passed away. Prayers.

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