State and federal authorities have confirmed four more outbreaks of a deadly form of bird flu at Minnesota turkey farms, raising the state's total to 13 farms. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the new cases are in Cottonwood, Lyon and Watonwan counties, and they've also confirmed a fourth case in Stearns County.
Authorities say all remaining turkeys on a large Jennie-O Turkey Store farm in Meeker County of central Minnesota will be destroyed due to a bird flu outbreak. The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed Wednesday that one of 12 barns on the farm had been infected with the deadly H5N2 avian influenza virus.
After landing an upcoming Super Bowl and a Final Four, Minnesota is ready to push for its next big event: the 2023 World's Fair. Organizers are preparing their bid for an event they hope will lure millions of tourists to see the latest in global technology and culture in the Twin Cities area.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar has been meeting with Minnesota turkey producers to hear their concerns about the bird flu outbreak, and says she plans to speak with U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack soon to discuss the federal response to the crisis.
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has had 10 breaches of the perimeter security fences and gates in the past decade, several involving military service members who strayed into restricted areas. An Associated Press investigation found that the Minnesota breaches are among at least 268 at 31 major U.S. airports from January 2004 through January 2015.
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