WASHINGTON -- The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza (HPAI) in a commercial layer flock in Jefferson County, Wisconsin. The flock of 200,000 chickens is located within the Mississippi flyway where this strain of avian influenza has previously been identified. CDC considers the risk to people from these HPAI H5 infections in wild birds, backyard flocks and commercial poultry, to be low. No human infections with the virus have been detected at this time.
WORTHINGTON – The Worthington City Council on Monday listened to a proposal from Radio Works General Manager and owner Chad Cummings and Promotion Coordinator Ken Moser regarding a request that the annual Fourth of July fireworks be moved to July 3, and that they be launched from Ehlers Park instead of Centennial Park, which would free up the city’s largest community park for public viewing of the fireworks.
WORTHINGTON - All members of the Historic Dayton House are invited to attend the Annual Meeting and Membership Social which will take place at 5:15 p.m. tonight. A review of 2014 will be presented and outgoing Board of Directors, Teresa Widboom, Jane Moore, and Doug Tate will be recognized. They will also be welcoming new Board members. Complimentary appetizers and beverages will be part of the membership social. Highlights from Larry Millett’s book, “Minnesota’s Own,” which features historic homes including the Historic Dayton House, will be presented.
ST. PAUL – State and federal officials are responding to additional confirmed cases of H5N2 highly-pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in commercial poultry in Minnesota. The United States Department of Agriculture today confirmed the detection of the disease in Cottonwood, Lyon and Watonwan Counties, and also confirmed a fourth case in Stearns County. There are now 13 confirmed cases in the state. The disease was identified quickly due to the Minnesota Board of Animal Health’s ongoing work with the poultry industry on surveillance for HPAI.
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities has named two semifinalists who are under consideration to be president of Minnesota West Community & Technical College. The candidates are Terry Gaalswyk and Martin Reimer.
WORTHINGTON - Minnesota West Community and Technical College will hold open forums at its campuses, including Worthington, for each of the three candidates seeking the college’s position of president. Those names are expected to be released today.
WORTHINGTON – The Okabena-Ocheda-Bella Clean Water Partnership Joint Powers Board voted Tuesday to request $13,000 from the city’s Clean Water Fund to conduct a stormwater Best Management Practices feasibility study at Prairie View Golf Course.
The board, consisting of staff of the Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District, Worthington City Council and citizen members, has discussed at length the future of the Prairie View and its potential for being developed for additional water quality strategies.
WORTHINGTON – During a public meeting Tuesday evening, Nobles County Auditor/Treasurer Beth Van Hove walked the Board of Commissioners through the unfamiliar process of classifying parcels of tax forfeited property – something none of them had been through before.
Each of 23 properties was individually discussed and classified as to whether it would be publically auctioned, or sold in a sealed bid, or in one case, investigated further. The commissioners did vote unanimously to set the lowest bid price on each parcel at $1.
Nobles County 4-H announces the Win A Pig Competition for 4-H members in the county who are actively involved in or are planning to be involved in the Minnesota 4-H Swine Project. The winning entrant will receive a market pig (gilt or barrow) which will be at least two months of age at the time of selection. The market pig will be donated by Dale and Kathy Solt of Nobles County.
WORTHINGTON – Sen. Bill Weber and Rep. Rod Hamilton met with Worthington Mayor Mike Kuhle and council members Diane Graber and Mike Harmon, along with City Administrator Steve Robinson and several others to listen as Marty Seifert from the Greater Minnesota Partnership outlined the group’s priorities progress report for the 2015 Legislative session on Monday morning.