Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) continues to spread in Minnesota. The outbreak this spring began in the southeastern United States. Then it was confirmed in Indiana, Iowa and Wisconsin. It appeared just a matter of time before it spread to Minnesota. Remember, HPAI was and is being spread by migrating birds and waterfowl. They are carriers and typically do not die from the disease or at least it takes quite a while. So, they can spread HPAI for quite some time.

I have been watching the spread of HPAI and how many commercial poultry farms or backyard poultry flocks have been infected. I guess in my world of agriculture I never thought about HPAI and other species that may be affected including raptors like owls. I saw a news release from the Raptor Center that 3 horned owl nestmates were brought to the Raptor Center "suffering from extreme neurological signs." One suddenly died and all three tested positive for HPAI.

Two dead adult owls were found in the area that likely was the parents. They have been tested and "we highly suspect that their samples will test positive too." I did not know until I read the release from the Raptor Center that HPAI is as deadly for raptors as it is for turkeys and chickens. HPAI will kill 90 to 100 percent of raptors that are infected too.

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"If you find a raptor in need you are asked to call the Raptor Center at 612-624-4745 or visit their website: raptor.umn.edu. If you would like to learn more about HPAI and its impact on Minnesota's Poultry Industry click on the link and listen to Abby Schuft Poultry Specialist with the University of Minnesota Extension Service.

If You Can't Beat City Hall, Buy It for less Than $50,000!

Property description!

Just when you wondered if properties like this even exist anymore, then one pops on the market! An old town hall, its years of grandeur have long since slipped away with the years. 

If you are the kind of person that likes to take something from the ashes and turn it into something beautiful, then this will be the project for you. 

If you aren't...well just keep on looking because this project isn't for the faint of heart. 

As an added bonus, you can have a nice view of the water from your backyard, but yep you guessed it, you will need to trim and prune the trees first! 

So grab your friends and get to work on your restoration project! Age of the property is unknown (James here, the listing says 1900).

MLS #6030231, Listed on 07/22/21 by BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS REAL