The fatal brain disease, known as chronic wasting disease, or CWD, was found in one deer last fall south of Pine Island. It can also affect elk and moose. Beginning Monday, state officials will order a deer-feeding ban Monday to reduce the spread from deer-to-deer.
The DNR is issuing special hunting permits near the area where a wild deer tested positive for chronic wasting disease last fall. The permits allow landowners to shoot whitetail deer as part of a special harvest to test for the fatal brain disease.
Cathy Wurzer spoke with MPR reporter Elizabeth Baier from our Rochester bureau to talk about this and other stories in southeastern Minnesota.
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Crime has become a hot topic in Rochester, even though the city's crime rate has remained virtually static in the past decade. But city and police officials say the perception of crime in Rochester is actually getting worse.
Some residents in Goodhue County have been fighting for years to prevent the construction of wind turbines near them. Meanwhile, the Red Wing city council recently approved a project that might turn the city into a training hub for people who work on turbines.
Earlier this year, more than 1,200 members of the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Infantry Division Red Bulls returned from a year-long deployment in Iraq. Now another 2,700 men and women are preparing for a new assignment. No one knows this routine of coming and going better than Col. Eric Kerska of Rochester, the 1st Brigade's commander.
In cities and towns across the state, more and more people are speaking a language other than English at home, according to new data. "I want for them to be bilingual," Maria Posada of Rochester said of her children.
The Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation has offered grants to more than 80 businesses affected by the September floods in southern Minnesota, officials announced this week.
During a visit to Rochester this Tuesday, Gov. Tim Pawlenty praised the city's major institutions, including the Mayo Clinic, IBM, and the University of Minnesota's Rochester campus. He said the three help make Rochester a significant player in issues affecting the entire state.
A new invasive plant called Oriental bittersweet has made its way into Minnesota this year. Infestations have been found in the Twin Cities metro area, as well as in southeastern Minnesota, near Winona.
The Elk Run project, a proposed cluster of biotech businesses, has been hit with delays and sparked concerns from critics, including Pine Island residents who worry it'll divide the city in two.
The nightlife in Rochester, Minnesota is not exactly like the Twin Cites. But some business owners and at least one city official are looking to change that. They'd like to imitate the popular "Uptown" entertainment district in Minneapolis.
A 32-year-old man from Oronoco remains in the Olmsted County Jail, after being charged in two hit-and-run incidents in downtown Rochester that left one pedestrian dead and three hospitalized.
Between now and late May, 2,700 men and women of Minnesota's Red Bull infantry division will train at for the largest deployment of Minnesota National Guard troops since World War II.
The Mayo Clinic announced plans today to open two proton beam cancer therapy centers. The new centers, in Rochester and Phoenix, will feature an innovative cancer treatment called pencil beam scanning.