Large numbers of dead carp washing up on the shores of Lake Byllesby near Cannon Falls, is not a cause for public concern, says the MN DNR. It’s the result of a virus that only affects common carp and koi. After receiving recent reports of dead fish showing up on the lake, staff at the DNR’s Lake City fisheries office collected samples and sent them to the DNR’s pathology lab and to the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Research Center at the University of
Minnesota. Both laboratories confirmed that the fish died as the result of being infected with the koi herpes virus (KHV), which only affects common carp and koi, an ornamental member of the carp family kept by some people in aquariums and outdoor ponds. KHV kills carp by damaging their gills and skin. It cannot be transferred to humans or to other animals. The virus has been found in several other lakes in southern Minnesota over the past year, including Jonathan, Washington, Elysian, Tetonka, Gorman, Dora, Sabre and Cottonwood. The U’s Research Center is conducting studies to determine whether the virus might be used as a control method for common carp, which can cause serious damage to aquatic ecosystems. KHV likely found its way into Minnesota waters by the release or escape of ornamental koi or pet goldfish. Releasing ornamental fish into the wild is illegal and can upset the balance of natural systems. Property owners with dead fish on their shoreline can bury them or leave them for other wildlife to consume. The DNR does not collect and remove dead fish.
“Substantial investments” planned for Menards interior
Menards in Dundas has been working on their warehouse expansion and just informed City Administrator John McCarthy said they plan to do some major interior work, building a mezzanine and expanding their garden center. McCarthy called them, “substantial investments for interior work”. In other private business news, McCarthy said ‘Mechanical Systems’ has restarted work their office building on Co. Rd. 1. Stafford Rd. and Cannon Rd. construction work will begin this month. The sidewalk project is well underway, with Hester St. complete. McCarthy also reports the City’s audit was good with no deficiencies. They have no more TIF districts and have a decent cash reserve.
City of Nfld introduces a new mobile app
The City of Northfield announced the release of a new mobile app! This new digital tool will provide you with a better connection to the local resources, news, and information you want and need when on-the-go and out in our community. Use the City of Northfield mobile app to enjoy convenient access to official City news, meetings, agendas, notifications, job opportunities and more! The full press release: Press Release – App launch
Expect delays on I-35 through Faribault
Motorists on I-35 near Faribault will encounter single lane, head to head traffic, ramp detours at Highway 21 and traffic delays beginning July 9th. Crews will pave approximately 4 miles of southbound I-35 between Co. Rd. 9 to Hwy 21. The $8 million project is expected to last till Fall. Work was scheduled to begin last week. Full press release: I-35 concrete overlay, Faribault,