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KANDIYOHI COUNTY

A swimmer found a zebra mussel on a rock in Long Lake north of Willmar, and her father contacted the DNR. A search found one zebra mussel at each of two locations searched by DNR snorkelers.
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.
The funeral for Ryan Leif Erickson is scheduled for Friday, May 20. He was killed May 12 on duty, en route to his storm spotter role.
Ryan Leif Erickson, 63, had been a Blomkest volunteer firefighter since the age of 18. He died in the line of duty Thursday when a large grain bin was blown over by the high winds and fell on him as he was preparing to leave his farm to monitor storms.

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Emergency responders discovered a deceased man under a collapsed grain bin just before 7 p.m. Thursday in Kandiyohi County.
The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office announced Thursday evening that Steven Coulston, 64, was the man who died in the reported accidental shooting Tuesday evening in rural Lake Lillian. The circumstances of the death remain under investigation.
The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office received a report of an accidental shooting Tuesday evening. A 911 caller said a man had been shot and killed when a firearm discharged accidentally.
Our late spring is a challenge for migrating birds and frustrating for us, but it's not without its drama.
State and federal lawmakers, as well as the state's agriculture commissioner and director of the state Board of Animal Health, came to Kandiyohi County on Tuesday to speak to area poultry producers and industry officials about how the avian flu has impacted them. Discussion was also had on how the state has been responding to the latest outbreak.
The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office reported that the death of Samantha Myers, 19, of Pennock, is being investigated as a possible overdose of a suspected illegal narcotic substance.

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The inventory of flocks in Minnesota diagnosed with H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza is now at 1.76 million, according to the Minnesota Board of Animal Health. Six additional infection sites were announced Wednesday, April 13.
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.

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