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fishing results Were filled for week Independent the week's perch Weighed in a 13 largest bull- :eritz of 1 3/4 pounds. of Ortonville northern at Fruit Farm, at at Lakeshore was a. 1 pound 1 Tietjen of now 175 IS now $145. A SPECIAL OFFER TO ORTONVILLE Independent Subscribers I ol r: Present this certificate for an .= additional $300 discount on any  new or used vehicle over $1,000 ': Must present this certificate upon purchase. Expires Aug. 31, 2002. m of who sent cards, 70th anniver- Whiting. A Watkins for and to Mayor The Family of y Whiting ,side Public bath products Lois Lorange are the flow- I'hank you to bur special thanks Charleen and Rebecca, thoughtfulness a. Also, thank cards, gifts, , Polar bears, pic- and food and mUsic. Thanks ladies and your services. you did for your special thank Kitchenettes. Also thanks to great distance to party. :ou all, ran Trygestad meet 17th i Meeting of the will ay Aug. 17th, Area at the meeting will will be to of business on, including, election of nyone who School to and to consider of directors to of the Alumni Please call Bud or Linda Toner , )4N West Nile virus arrives in Minnesota Dead crows from two Minnesota counties have tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV), providing the first evidence that the mosquito-borne virus has reached Minnesota. The crows were submitted to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) by local officials in Mille Lacs County, and a private citizen in Hennepin County. MDH has been testing dead birds for WNV as part of its routine surveil- lance for the presence of the virus in Minnesota. Crows and jays are espe- cially susceptible to the virus, and provide an effective indicator of whether WNV is present in a particu- lar area. Public health officials throughout the nation have been on the lookout for West Nile since 1999, when the virus first made its appearance in the New York City area. That was the first time WNV had been reported in the U.S. Since then, WNV has slowly been spreading to other parts of the coun- try, most likely through the migration of birds infected with the virus. WNV activity has now been reported in 33 states. Since 1999, at least 152 human cases of WNV relat- ed encephalitis have been reported nationwide, and 18 people have died of the illness. People in 10 states have developed the illness during that time; f although a majority of those cases have been reported in New York City and surrounding states, and in Florida. Although MDH officials are rec- ommending that people take steps to protect themselves against West Nile, they say the risk of any individual Minnesotan developing the illness is very small. They also point out that viral, mosquito-borne encephalitis is nothing new in our state. "This is a serious, potentially fatal illness, and we don't want to under- play its significance," said Dr. Harry Hull Minnesota's State Epidemiologist. "However, the odds that you'll be bitten by an infected mosquito are very low. And even if HOURS: Mon.-Fd. 8AM-5:30PM; Sat. 8AM-5PM PHONE (320) 839-2653  c Ground Beef $ 49,;00i PameL,, ,,: ] iT-BoneSteakl I SBOHams : I you are bitten by a mosquito that car- ries the virus, it's unlikely that you'll become seriously ill. Most of the time, people don't even experience any symptoms.' Fewer than one person out of every 150 who are exposed to the virus will actually develop encephalitis, Dr. Hull noted. In that respect, WNV is not that different from LaCrosse encephalitis, which is also caused by a mosquito- borne virus - and has long been recog- nized as a public health threat in this part of the country. LaCrosse causes around five cases of serious illness a year in Minnesota, primarily in the Twin Cities area and the southeastern part of the state. Symptoms of a serious mosquito- borne encephalitis infection - which generally occur in less than one per- cent of people exposed to the virus - can include headache, high fever, stiff neck, stupor, coma, tremors, convul- sions, muscle weakness and paralysis. Both LaCrosse and WNV can be life-threatening. But WNV does differ from LaCrosse in one important way: Serious cases of LaCrosse encephali- tis tend to occur in children and ado- lescents under the age of 16, while serious cases of WNV have so far )ended to occur in older people. The average age of patients with a serious WNV infection is 68. To lower the risk of infection with WNV - or LaCrosse - officials recom- mend: avoiding outdoor activities at dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most likely to be feeding; wearing long-sleeve shirts and long pants if you have to spend time in an area where mosquitoes are bit- ing; protecting yourself with a good mosquito repellent, containing up to 30 percent of the active ingredient DEET; and eliminating possible mosquito- breeding sites on and around your property - including items like old tires, buckets, clogged rain gutters, bird baths, cans and other containers, and anything else that can hold a small amount of water. Minnesota officials stepped up their surveillance for WNV earlier this month, after WNV encephalitis was reported in a horse near Grand Forks, North Dakota. Like other states, Minnesota has been testing mosquitoes for the virus, and officials have also been on the alert for cases of WNV-related illness in humans, horses and birds. These surveillance activities have been a joint effort of MDH, the Minnesota Board of Animal Health, the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at the University of Minnesota, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. More information about WNV and other forms of mosquito-borne encephalitis is available on the MDH Web site at CLASSIFIED ADS BRING QUICK RESULTS Call amt set up an appointment with Becky to plan for your financial needs or to update your portfolio. LOCALLY GROWN BEEF - Per Uo. QUARTERS OR SLOES ............... S 1.49 LOCALLY GROWN PORK - Per Lb ;2.99 HALF A HOG ................. 89 s CHOPS ............................................ 2.29 Your Event! : l Weddings, SalGatbed ] 112 - Fresh from the J&L Bison Ranch For Sale- $1.00 per lb. plant. Market your beef and pork anywhere/. 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