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MEEKER COUNTY

Two felony charges and 10 other lesser charges have been filed in Meeker County District Court against the Dassel man who barricaded himself in his home Monday and Tuesday after reports that he had threatened a family member. SWAT teams from several agencies responded, and he eventually surrendered. Officers found evidence in the home that they believe indicates the man fired in the direction of law enforcement.
A man had threatened to shoot family members the evening of Aug. 1, then barricaded himself in his home. He finally exited his home at approximately 9:45 p.m. Aug. 2 and was taken into custody.
Meeker County Jail staff attempted life-saving measures after finding a 28-year-old man unresponsive in his cell Thursday, the sheriff reported in a news release. The man was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. There is no evidence of foul play at this time, according to Sheriff Brian Cruze.
Two more commercial turkey flocks — in Blue Earth and Meeker counties — were added to the growing list of confirmed avian flu sites in Minnesota as of Friday's noon update, bringing the statewide total to 40 sites and 1,939,067 birds affected.

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The inventory of flocks in Minnesota diagnosed with H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza is 1,017,568 as of Wednesday, according to the Minnesota Board of Animal Health. Six additional infection sites were announced Wednesday after being diagnosed April 5.
Two new avian flu infections reported Friday by the Minnesota Board of Animal Health bring Minnesota to seven total sites. Flocks in Stearns and Morrison counties were confirmed infected Thursday.
An update late Monday from the Minnesota Board of Animal Health showed a total of five avian flu infection sites in Minnesota, with new sites identified in Lac qui Parle and Kandiyohi counties.
The latest report of highly pathogenic avian influenza infection in Minnesota is a flock in Stearns County, a 24,000-bird commercial turkey operation.
Highly pathogenic avian influenza has been confirm in poultry flocks in Meeker and Mower counties in Minnesota.
The man involved in an attempted traffic stop and pursuit involving an officer from the Eden Valley Police Department on Saturday died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, according to an autopsy by the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office.

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A man died after a traffic stop turned violent early Saturday morning on Minnesota Highway 55 near Eden Valley. Gunfire was exchanged between the man and police after a vehicle pursuit.
This year’s Princess Kay of the Milky Way comes from Litchfield and represents Meeker County. Anna Euerle, 19, was crowned Aug. 25 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds and will serve as the goodwill ambassador for the 2,500 dairy farm families in the state. She’ll also get her head carved out of butter.
The name of the 44-year-old victim in a head-on crash Friday morning is expected to be released late Saturday afternoon. He was killed when the car he was driving crossed the center line and struck a semi.

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