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POLK COUNTY

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.
Near Climax, Minnesota, a small crack in the ground has grown, causing a quarter-mile long stretch of bean field to fall 25 feet. Few have ever seen anything like it.
An Ada, Minn., woman was driving southbound on U.S. 75 when she crossed the center line and hit a street sweeper head-on, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
“Roots of the Red River Valley: Through the Lens of Russell Lee,” now on display in Moorhead, uses images of the late photographer to look at the 1937 sugar beet harvest in Polk County and highlight the importance of migrant workers in the process.

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Jude Walter Olson, 16, of Fertile, Minn., died after seemingly losing control of his ATV and colliding with a tree last week.
FERTILE, Minn. -- A boy is dead after the ATV he was in rolled over Thursday evening, July 2.
Nicholas Hauge, 29, was sentenced to 19 years in prison for killing his 19-year-old brother with a landscaping block last year.
Nimo Khalif, 33, made international headlines in January when she sent out an emotional call for help after her six children were removed from her custody on Jan. 22 by Polk County Social Services. Hundreds of local Somali people have attended Khalif's court hearings to show their support of the mother.
“He always said I would want for nothing,” Cindy Driscoll said of her late husband. “And now, all of a sudden, I have nothing.”
Polk County Public Health hopes to soon have on board a dental innovations coordinator who will work with northwest Minnesota communities to improve and expand access to dental care.

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More than 100 members of the Somali community, some traveling from as far away as Minneapolis, traveled to Nimo Khalif's first court appearance in Crookston on Monday, Jan. 28.
FISHER Minn. — Authorities in Polk County arrested a man for leading them on a chase in a snowmobile Sunday morning, Jan. 12.
WARREN, Minn. — Authorities are searching for a match in the national missing persons database for a bone discovered near a burial site in Polk County after investigators determined it belonged to a human male.

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