Avian influenza discovered in Kandiyohi County turkey flock

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War on Thanksgiving. Tom Cherveny at the West Central Tribune has a piece on a turkey flock in Kandiyohi County tested positive for an avian flu: “The Minnesota Board of Animal Health reported Tuesday that it has confirmed a case of H5N2 low pathogenic avian influenza (known as H5N2 LPAI) in a commercial turkey flock in Kandiyohi County. The disease was detected during routine surveillance testing of the flock of 10,000 13-week-old turkey toms on October 19. … H5N2 LPAI does not pose a risk to the public, and there is no food safety concern for consumers.”

Coen Brothers movie plot. Sarah Horner at the Pioneer Press has an odd story of one man’s attempt at obtaining a visa to stay in the U.S.: “A Mexican immigrant in the United States illegally was bound with duct tape and left near Randolph Avenue in St. Paul as part of his own kidnapping ruse to try to fraudulently obtain a visa designed to help crime victims, authorities say.”

Worst air quality in the state. KSTP covered the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency announcement on air quality tests conducted in north Minneapolis: “The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) announced this week that air quality tests show there is too much lead and metal in the air at an industrial park located south of Lowry Avenue and west of the Mississippi River. ‘The lead concentrations are higher than any other site we have in the state,’ said MPCA Assistant Commissioner David Thornton.”

Chilling tale. Caitlin Anderson at the Minnesota Daily has a profile of an astrophysicist from the University of Minnesota who has broken the world record for the most winters spent in the South Pole: “[Robert] Schwarz began his time in the South Pole by what he calls a pure coincidence. Waiting for his professor to get off a phone call during his graduate studies in Munich, he came across an advertisement to go to the South Pole for a year to work on a telescope. This started a chain of winters leading up to him breaking the world record for the most winters spent in the South Pole.”

Roll the bones. Hannah Jones at City Pages knows where the bodies are buried: “By the late 1800s, the cemetery fell into neglect, and the city condemned it. In 1884, just over 1,300 bodies and 82 monuments were spirited away for reburial in the nearby Hillside and Lakewood Cemeteries, as a gesture of respect for the dead. But the other 3,700 corpses … they’re thought to have remained.

In other news…

I’ll take it black, I guess: “Plastic straws, stir sticks are out on Delta flights and Sky Clubs” [Star Tribune]

No Peter Graves grave:Bury me in Minnesota: A semi-comprehensive guide to our state’s celebrity graves” [City Pages]

What could go wrong?City of Minneapolis will stop inspecting tanning beds, tattoo parlors due to lack of funding” [Star Tribune]

Coffee jones:CBD drinks to bring new energy to Dinkytown” [Minnesota Daily]

Pouring some Durkee French fried onions out: “Woman who created green bean casserole dies at 92” [Star Tribune]

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