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Rabies outbreak in Fillmore County


Fri, Jul 30th, 2004
Posted in Features

PRESTON - The veterinarians at Root River Veterinary Center in Preston have seen a dramatic increase in the number of diagnosed cases of rabies. They have confirmed four cases of rabies during the month of July. The infected animals were a skunk, two unvaccinated cats and an unvaccinated dog. All of the rabid animals showed signs of illness before their death. The dog and cats exposed many people to rabies before they died or were euthanized. These people are currently being treated for exposure to rabies.

Rabies is a viral disease spread by the saliva of infected animals. Rabies can be prevented by vaccinating your pets, it is almost always fatal once a person or animal starts to show signs of the disease. The incubation period for domestic animals exposed to rabies virus can range from two to 26 weeks depending on the location of the bite and the amount of virus that enters the body. The incubation period for wild animals is variable and often not known. It is believed to be quite long in skunks.

Any mammal can get rabies. The most common wild animals infected with rabies in Fillmore County are skunks and bats. Raccoons can be infected with the skunk strain of rabies, although this is not common. Cats, cattle, and dogs are the most frequently infected domestic animals. Squirrels, rabbits, mice and other small rodents rarely transmit rabies.

If you believe that your pet has been bitten by a skunk or bat, please contact your veterinarian immediately! All cases of rabies exposure must be reported by a veterinarian to the Minnesota Board of Animal Health. Quarantines may be imposed by the state based on your pets vaccination status and health. Vaccinated animals will be revaccinated after exposure to rabies and may be quarantined for up to 40 days. Unvaccinated animals may be quarantined for up to 6 months.

Dr. Linda Sifford a Fillmore County veterinarian states Rabies can not be prevented in wild animals because it is not possible to catch them and there is currently not a vaccine approved for use in skunks or bats. You can minimize your pets exposure to rabies by keeping them away from wild animals and by not feeding wild animals near your homes.

The most important thing that you can do for your pet to prevent rabies is to vaccinate and then keep their vaccinations current. Types of rabies vaccinations and government regulations vary so ple .....
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Rushford City Council Report: Council investigates power supply options

Fri, Jul 30th, 2004
Posted in Features

RUSHFORD - Brian Krambeer, CEO of Tri-County Electric Cooperative, was the first to address the Rushford City Council at their regular July 26th council meeting as the council explored options for electric utility memberships with Tri-County and UMMP ..... 
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EDA application process will Scrutinize Heartland need for JOBZ subsidy

Fri, Jul 30th, 2004
Posted in Features

If and when Heartland fills out the Business Subsidy Application with Fillmore County, they will be asked to make several declarations:

Have there ever been judgements or injunctions against the company or owners?

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Rushford-Peterson School Board Report: R-P schools to get new computers

Fri, Jul 30th, 2004
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Rushford-Peterson teachers may think its Christmas in July after the school board approved a $125,000 technology funding request at the R-P School Board meeting July 28th. The result of the funding? A new Dell computer on each teachers desk and new ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board approves Heartland JOBZ

Mon, Jul 26th, 2004
Posted in Features

PRESTON Theyve changed the rules on us, stated Superintendent Myrna Luehmann referring to the states regulations regarding the hotly debated JOBZ resolution. The board thought it was a one-time signing, with no actual names of potential busines ..... 
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Mon, Jul 26th, 2004
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Fillmore County District Court

Mon, Jul 26th, 2004
Posted in Features

Felony Charges

Jimmie Dale Wangen, 52, of Lanesboro, was charged in Fillmore County District Court with one felony count of fleeing a peace officer stemming from an incident near the Iowa-Minnesota border in June 2003. Wangen w ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Parking and speed limits dominate meeting

Mon, Jul 26th, 2004
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Finding a parking spot was not a problem when I arrived for the Preston City Council meeting Monday evening. Therefore, it was no surprise that the city council had little business on their docket and nothing controversial. Citizens in attendance num ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Wagner and City petition jointly for property detachment

Mon, Jul 26th, 2004
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Jim Wagner returned to the Lanesboro City Council meeting Monday night, July 19, to inquire on the progress made by the city in setting up rural and urban districts in the city since his petition for detachment on June 7th. City Administrator Bobbi T ..... 
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