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7/1 Avian flu won't stop poultry exhibitors at fairs this summer

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All over the country, concern about avian influenza means states are cancelling any events where poultry might be shown.  For instance, there will be educational exhibits, not actual chickens and turkeys and geese at the Great Minnesota Get-Together.

Avian flu meant the loss of over a million and a half chickens and turkeys in Wisconsin over the last two months.

Now, the state veterinarian has just issued two orders restricting "poultry events," but luckily for a lot of kids, that doesn't mean skipping the county fair.

Meanwhile, in Minnesota, the ducks and geese the Minnesota DNR usually captures and bands - and waterfowl taken by hunters this fall are getting extra tests for the avian flu. The DNR is still working with other state agencies to discover what role wildlife play in the bird flu epidemic that spread through poultry producers this spring.

Lisa Johnson started her broadcast career anchoring the television news at her high school and spinning country music at KWWK/KOLM Radio in Rochester, Minnesota. She was a reporter and news anchor at KTHI in Fargo, ND (not to mention the host of a children's program called "Lisa's Lane") and a radio reporter and anchor in Moorhead, Bismarck, Wahpeton and Fergus Falls.Since 1991, she has hosted Northland Morning on KUMD. One of the best parts of her job includes "paying it forward" by mentoring upcoming journalists and broadcasters on the student news team that helps produce Northland Morning. She also loves introducing the different people she meets in her job to one another, helping to forge new "community connections" and partnerships.Lisa has amassed a book collection weighing over two tons, and she enjoys reading, photography, volunteering with Animal Allies Humane Society and fantasizing about farmland. She goes to bed at 8pm, long before her daughter, two cats, or three dogs.