MINNESOTA NEWS ROUNDUP: Six sickened by raw milk from Cambridge farm
CAMBRIDGE, Minn. -- The state Health Department says at least six people have become ill from consuming raw milk from the Dennis Jaloszyski farm near Cambridge. Because the farm's owner did not have a customer list, the state Health Department has issued a consumer advisory. Epidemiologist Trisha Robinson says they're concerned that people may be continuing to get sick after consuming products from that farm. She says people should think carefully about consuming raw dairy products from any source, and know that risks are especially high for young children.
Xcel Energy officials say, "We're almost there!" As of last night there were only 7,000 customers still without power. More than 600,000 were left without service after severe storms rolled across Minnesota Friday. The company says the recent severe storm outage was the most severe they've had to deal with in several years. More than 1,100 workers from 15 states and 22 other companies have been making repairs around the clock to restore service. Everyone is expected to be back online sometime today (Wed). _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
The Army Corps of Engineers is advising Minnesotans to be aware of increased water flow in the Lac Qui Parle and Minnesota Rivers downstream from the Lac Qui Parle Dam near Montevideo. The Corps today (Wed) is increasing outflow from the dam because of recent heavy rains. Officials say the current on the two rivers will be much stronger than normal and carry more debris and sediment. Depending on additional rainfall, increased water flows are expected to continue into the first week of July. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
State Senator Dave Thompson becomes the fourth Republican in the race for governor as he kicks off his campaign this morning (10am) at the State Capitol followed by a fly-around to Duluth (1230pm), Rochester (3pm) and back to his home district of Lakeville tonight (530pm). Three other Republicans are also vying to challenge Governor Dayton. They are: Wayzata businessman Scott Honour...Hennepin County Commissioner and former state representative Jeff Johnson...and State Representative and former House speaker Kurt Zellers. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Legal bills continue piling up from former Republican operative Michael Brodkorb's lawsuit against the Minnesota Senate. The powerful Rules Committee meets this afternoon (130pm) to consider the latest invoice -- nearly 28 thousand dollars -- from the law firm representing the state Senate, with the tab paid so far totaling over 226 thousand dollars. Brodkorb was fired after having an affair in 2011 with then Senate Republican Majority Leader Amy Koch (COKE). Koch stepped down from leadership after colleagues confronted her about the affair. Brodkorb says he was treated differently than female staffers whom he alleges have had inappropriate relationships with male lawmakers. Republicans lost the majority in the Minnesota Senate in the 2012 election and Democrats have now been making decisions about the lawsuit, which is scheduled for trial next summer.