USDA ups oversight of pig farms to combat deadly virus

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Friday that it will commit $5 million to fight a deadly disease that is attacking the nation’s hog farms.

The Associated Press reported that farms stricken with Porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) will now be required to report outbreaks.

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Vikings still haven’t picked up Ponder’s fifth-year option

The Vikings have yet to pick up quarterback Christian Ponder’s fifth-year option, according to the Star Tribune.

The team has until May 3 to exercise the option. Ponder is part of the 2011 draft class, the first to go through the fifth-year player option cycle.

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Kenneth “Butch” Geislinger

Mass of Christian Burial for 69 year old KENNETH “BUTCH” GEISLINGER of Watkins will be Monday, 4/21 at 10:30 am at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Watkins.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.

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Survey: China’s Arsenic-Laced Soil Threatens Food, Health

China’s soil is laced with pollutants including mercury, arsenic and cadmium, a radioactive material, according to a nine-year government survey.

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