While the emerald ash borer has only officially been found in three trees on the southwest side of Nest Lake in Kandiyohi County, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture is warning residents around the lake that it is very possible their trees are infected as well. The department led a virtual public meeting on Wednesday to share information about the pest and what property owners, cities and counties can do to slow the spread.
Emergency quarantine on wood movement put in place for portion of Kandiyohi County. The quarantine will cover the northeast corner of the county, from U.S. highways 71 and 12 on the western and southern borders, respectively, and the county line on the northern and eastern borders.
A coordinated state and federal response to the avian influenza outbreak in Minnesota is headquartered at the Kandiyohi County Law Enforcement Center in Willmar. The presence of the Minnesota Poultry Testing Laboratory in the city also greatly augments the ability to the manage the threat the disease poses to turkey and poultry flocks.
North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, N.D., an hour south of Moorhead, started a meat-processing program last fall. Two Minnesota technical colleges plan to start meat-cutting programs later this year, and according to one official, there is strong student interest.