Farm closes to contain deer disease
ST. PAUL (AP) — A central Minnesota farm where deer were found infected with a fatal brain disease has closed under an agreement that paid the owner to euthanize his herd.
The Star Tribune reports that the Minnesota Board of Animal Health announced Wednesday that captive deer were killed on a Crow Wing County farm to try to prevent chronic wasting disease from spreading to wild deer. The board didn’t disclose how much Trophy Woods Ranch was paid or how many deer were euthanized.
The board says all carcasses from the farm will be tested for the disease.
The U.S Department of Agriculture negotiated and funded the deal. The agency and the state board will implement a management plan at the shuttered farm since the prions that cause the disease remain in the soil.
Suspect jumps from window
MOORHEAD (AP) — Authorities say a man suspected of chasing a woman with a gun and knife suffered multiple injuries when he jumped from a third-story apartment window to elude police in Moorhead.
Officers talked to the woman about 10 p.m. Wednesday and found her unharmed. She directed officers to the apartment building where the man had possibly returned.
When police made contact with him, the suspect jumped to the ground 25 feet below and ran from the scene. Officers used a tracking dog and found him hiding in a residential porch where he was arrested. The 47-year-old is being treated for his injuries suffered during the jump.
Criminal charges are pending. Officials say he also has a felony probation violation warrant.
7-year-old brings loaded handgun
ST. PAUL (AP) — Police are investigating after a 7-year-old boy brought a loaded handgun to school in St. Paul.
Someone at Highland Park Elementary became aware of the gun Wednesday morning and called police. A school resource officer retrieved the gun from the student’s backpack.
The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports police say the gun had a trigger lock on it. The second-grader was turned over to his mother. She had reported her gun stolen on Sunday. Police are investigating how the student got the gun and how his mother stored the weapon to determine whether charges are warranted.
Principal Nany Flynn says they’ll follow “standard disciplinary procedures” in dealing with the student.