Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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A school bus and Kia Soul collided head-on Monday morning on U.S. Highway 212 east of Granite Falls, injuring 16 people, including 11 young children in the bus. A passenger in the Kia was airlifted to the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, while the other victims in the accident were transported to the Granite Falls Hospital and neighboring hospitals, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Anthony Blue, 33, of Granite Falls, was driving the 2014 Kia westbound on U.S. 212 around 7 a.m.
Scientists do not yet know whether spring winds carried the highly pathogenic avian influenza into barns and infected turkey or egg-laying flocks. But they now consider airborne transmission a possibility in some of the cases of infected barns, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.
A commercial turkey flock in Stearns County has become the third in the state to be infected by the highly pathogenic avian influenza. The infection was confirmed Saturday, when state officials announced that a commercial flock of approximately 40,000 birds had been struck. The disease infected birds in one of four barns on the site. There had been a significant death loss in the infected barn, according to Dr.
GRANITE FALLS -- Mayor Dave Smiglewski of Granite Falls made phone calls to Wadena over the weekend offering any help that he or his community could provide as Wadena recovers from the damage inflicted Thursday by a tornado rated EF4 on the Enhanced Fujita scale. What was deemed an F4 tornado on the Fujita scale in use at the time tore a 12-block path of destruction in Granite Falls on July 25, 2000, killing one man and destroying 69 homes. "Now when you drive through the neighborhoods that were hit, it looks pretty normal,'' he said.