After 10 straight days of no new cases, bird flu found at 6 more MN farms


Hopes that the worst of the bird flu outbreak in Minnesota had passed were dashed on Tuesday – after preliminary tests found the virus has struck six more commercial turkey farms.

There had been no new outbreaks of the H5N2 virus for more than week in Minnesota, giving hope that the spread of the virus seen over the past few months had plateaued.

But the Minnesota Board of Animal Health announced Tuesday there have been "presumptive positive" tests at six more farms – a turkey flock of 46,800 in Brown County, as well as two flocks in Renville County and three in Kandiyohi County.

It is the first avian flu case in Brown County, while Renville has now had four detections and Kandiyohi has 36 – the highest of any county in the state.

It brings the total number of affected farms across Minnesota to 94 across 22 counties – with the majority of the 8 million birds affected having died from the virus or been euthanized to prevent its spread.

The Star Tribune notes the last new outbreak had been announced on May 15, the longest gap between cases since early to mid-March.

The newspaper adds that animal scientists had hoped the flu would starting slowing down and dying out for the summer as the weather gets warmer. Bethany Hahn, of the Board of Animal Health, said they are still "guardedly optimistic" this will be the case.

Next Up

Antoine Winfield Jr.

Watch: Gopher alums Antoine Winfield Jr., Tyler Johnson make key plays in Bucs' playoff win

The Minnesota greats had a pair of highlights as Tampa Bay advanced to the NFC Championship.


Crews respond to fire at Gertens in Inver Grove Heights

It's reported that a greenhouse on the grounds was on fire.

Marcus Carr

Why the Gophers could be in line for a high seed in the NCAA Tournament

The Gophers are done with a brutal stretch and are poised to make a run.

police tape

Authorities ID man fatally struck by 'errant bullet' in Willmar

The man was working in his garage when he was fatally shot.


1 dead, 1 critically injured in head-on crash on Highway 169

The State Patrol says driving impaired may have been a factor in the crash.

Richard Pitino

Gophers game against Nebraska postponed due to COVID outbreak

The Cornhuskers have had 12 members of its team test positive for COVID-19.

Bob Kroll

What Minneapolis Police Lt. Bob Kroll said in Sunday radio interview

Kroll said that once he's retired he'll go "radio silent."

coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, covid-19

Here is Minnesota's COVID update for Sunday, January 17

The health department provides updates daily at 11 a.m.

Sen. Julia Coleman

'No one's business': State senator calls out attack on her pregnancy

Sen. Julia Coleman represents Minnesota's District 47.

Willmar Police Department

'Errant bullet' goes through garage wall, kills Willmar man

The man was working in his garage when he was shot, witnesses said.