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The inventory of flocks in Minnesota diagnosed with H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza now stands at 62 sites, with a total of 2,718,082 birds affected, according to the Minnesota Board of Animal Health. Two additional infection sites were announced Friday, April 29.
"Last year at this time, when we already were watching the U.S. Drought Monitor turn redder and redder every week, we would have danced with joy to see even one of the storms we've had this year. But right now, at this minute, can it please stop?"
People are once again venturing out and planting gardens, so what should Brainerd lakes area residents be planting that will grow locally, when should they be planting, what tips are there for beginners and for those with mobility problems or small spaces, how can they also garden?
Gardening takes more than just water and soil. Find out how to make things grow in the Brainerd lakes area.

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Gov. Tim Walz visited Benson and viewed some of the damage caused by a May 12 storm. State officials said people affected by the storm should take photos and document what they do in cleaning up, as the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be seeking that information when it assesses the damage in 49 affected Minnesota counties.
Anne Waltner, Parker, South Dakota, left a full-time career as a concert pianist and educator to join her parents’ farming operation. Along the way she married, had triplet daughters and survived cancer. Of her journey and life, she says: “Can you think of anybody luckier than me?”
A fire at the same farm on Christmas Eve 2020 caused the deaths of about 1,000 milking goats, 15 peacocks and a dog.
The Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation report details the work by local government units, nonprofit groups, citizens and more to conserve natural resources.
Portrait of PegFurshong, Clean Up the River Environment operations and director of programs
Environmental group urges west-central Minnesota counties to take hard look at proposed carbon pipeline
The Montevideo-based nonprofit Clean Up the River Environment told the Yellow Medicine County Board of Commissioners its concerns about risks associated with what would be a first-of-its-kind project by Summit Carbon Solutions. The $4.5 billion project would build a five-state, 2,000-mile pipeline network — with about 200 miles in Minnesota — to transport carbon dioxide from ethanol plants for sequestration in North Dakota.
People could vote for Crow Wing Energized's "Vegetable of the Year." The public health organization will make efforts to promote the produce and healthy eating in general.

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There are 70 sites of confirmed avian flu infection in Minnesota as of Tuesday, May 10. The inventory of flocks diagnosed with H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza is approaching 2.9 million, according to the Minnesota Board of Animal Health.
Cold temperatures and excessive moisture have delayed spring planting across the northern Plains.
Losing the bank in town seemed like it could be the beginning of the end for the community. Instead, it revealed that there are still some business leaders who believe in small towns.

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