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PIERRE, S.D.— A second case of a highly contagious, but rare horse disease has been confirmed in South Dakota, and officials in the region are urging horse owners to do what they can to help prevent the spread of the potentially fatal disease. State Veterinarian Dustin Oedekoven said Friday, May 4, that the most recent case of equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy was confirmed on Monday and involved a horse that belonged to a member of the South Dakota State University rodeo team in Brookings.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota lakes are experiencing later-than-usual ice-out but temperatures are rising and the Department of Natural Resources reminds anyone venturing onto remaining ice to use extreme caution – or stay off altogether. During the past week, conservation officers throughout the state report deteriorating ice conditions and instances of people and equipment falling through.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, a Democrat serving in his 27th year in the U.S. House, had the highest bipartisan legislation score in 2017, according a study by Georgetown University. The non-partisan analysis shows Peterson’s track record of working across the aisle on a variety of issues for his congressional district and to rural America. Peterson represents most of farm and lakes country in all of western Minnesota.
WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D, is concerned about two major issues that can affect farmers and ranchers this year. One is the farm bill that faces an uncertain future as it's set to expire in September. The other is waivers that some small U.S. refineries have been receiving from the Environmental Protection Agency to not produce ethanol. As for the five-year farm bill, Rounds said he has many concerns as the Senate works to possibly pass its version of a farm bill after the House completed its work without Democratic support.
FARGO—A 12-member delegation from Sanford Health is making a journey to Vatican City this week for a major healthcare conference that is emphasizing cutting-edge technology as researchers from around the world close in on new treatments and possible cures for a number of diseases and health issues.
BLOOMING PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The southeast Minnesota woman accused of shooting to death her husband at their home in Blooming Prairie and then a stranger she met in Florida was captured in a convenience store video in Iowa that law officers hope will help in finding her. The Dodge County (Minn.) Sheriff’s Department said the video shows Lois Ann Riess grabbing a sandwich and asking a clerk for directions to go south.
ROSEAU, Minn.—A Warroad, Minn., man faces numerous charges for allegedly threatening to kill police and kicking the face of an officer, giving the officer a bleeding mouth. The Warroad Police Department arrested Justin James Johnson, 22, Friday after they were called to an apartment complex for a domestic report, according to court documents. Johnson initially ran from Officer Brendan Sandy but then stopped, the documents say.
ST. PAUL — As part of its ongoing effort to rescue human trafficking victims and bring traffickers to justice, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension on Tuesday, April 17, announced that Minnesota law enforcement and the trucking industry will join together in the effort.
BLOOMING PRAIRIE, Minn.— A southeast Minnesota woman being sought after her husband was murdered in March is now a suspect in a second death. Lois Riess of Blooming Prairie has been identified as a suspect in death of Pamela Hutchinson in Bradenton, Fla., according to the Lee County Sheriff's Office in southern Florida. Investigators believe Riess may have killed Hutchinson earlier this week in order to assume her identity. The Lee County Attorney's Office announced charges against Riess in Hutchinson's death on Friday morning, April 13.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota ranks fourth in the nation in life expectancy, according to a study released Tuesday, April 10. Men in the state actually lead the nation with a life expectancy of 78.7 years, while women rank fourth at 82.9 years.