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Forty years ago the Minnesota founders of Pheasants Forever — from the metropolitan area and from Kandiyohi County — met on the shores of Eagle Lake north of Willmar and agreed to the local control model that the organization continues today. The surviving founders of that meeting returned to Eagle Lake to visit about the organization's start and how they made that critical decision.
Our late spring is a challenge for migrating birds and frustrating for us, but it's not without its drama.
The inventory of flocks in Minnesota diagnosed with H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza is 1,017,568 as of Wednesday, according to the Minnesota Board of Animal Health. Six additional infection sites were announced Wednesday after being diagnosed April 5.
Morrison and Kandiyohi counties report additional sites Tuesday.
Kandiyohi County now has three commercial turkey flocks confirmed infected with avian flu. According to the Board of Animal Health's daily update posted online Monday, six more sites in Minnesota are listed as infected with H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza, bringing the total to 13 sites, though one of those is not yet a confirmed diagnosis.
Two new avian flu infections reported Friday by the Minnesota Board of Animal Health bring Minnesota to seven total sites. Flocks in Stearns and Morrison counties were confirmed infected Thursday.

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Roger Strand grew up as an avid duck hunter, but now it's April in place of October that is his favorite month of the year. He's been maintaining nesting boxes for wood ducks beginning with his first in 1952, and keeping records that reflects the best of citizen science.
Kandiyohi County officials have reported thefts of road signs since August, mostly in the northeastern part of the county, including the towns of Willmar, New London and Spicer. About three dozen signs and a construction barrel were recovered this week, and the investigation is continuing.
WILLMAR, Minn. — Rain and mud prevented crops from being planted on time this spring and now it looks like recent heavy rains — and more mud — will interfere with harvest in west-central Minnesota.

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