5 things to know today: Building permits, Avian flu, Egg prices, Vaccination clinic, Tattoos in prison – InForum

1. West Fargo Board of Equalization Report Shows Rising Appraisals and Building Permits

For West Fargo residents who wish to discuss the cost or property tax increase with city leaders, they will have to wait until a public hearing is held before August 22 in lieu of the West Fargo Equalization Board meeting. last week, which many found was not the place for tax discussions.

Instead, the Tuesday, April 12, annual meeting of the Equalization Board focused on real estate appraisals.

The West Fargo City Commission acts as its own Equalization Board, the governing body that oversees property assessments, which are calculated by the city assessor.

“The local equalization board is concerned with the fairness of all values, not taxes,” Mayor Bernie Dardis said. “Property taxes are a budget issue and should be addressed at another meeting.”

While about 20 residents attended the meeting, the first four who registered to speak to council said they had come to discuss tax increases, not property assessments.

City Administrator Tina Fisk said a public hearing for residents to challenge or comment on city taxes will be held during budgeting. While she doesn’t yet have a date for that reunion, she said it will take place before August 22.

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2. Bird flu infections now confirmed at 38 Minnesota sites, affecting 1.84 million birds

The number of bird flu infection sites in Minnesota reached 38 according to the state’s report on Thursday, for a total of more than 1.84 million birds affected since March, most of them being commercially raised turkeys.

New confirmations have been announced in Benton, Blue Earth, Otter Tail and Waseca counties.

Highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza was confirmed Wednesday at three additional commercial meat turkey farms and a backyard producer of seven birds in Benton County, according to the state Board of Animal Health.

Benton County had two reports in total, both from backyard growers.

Thursday’s report includes the first site in Blue Earth County, a herd of 22,500. Otter Tail now has its second site with a herd of 36,000, and the third site in Waseca County is a herd of 20,000.

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3. It’s not yellow! High wholesale egg prices make it an unhappy Easter for consumers, restaurants and bakeries

David Brown cooks an omelet at Deaner’s Diner in West Fargo on Thursday, April 7.

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The price of eggs has skyrocketed, and whether you run a restaurant, bakery, or are a hobbyist Easter bunny decorating for the holidays, it’s been very hard not to notice.

On a recent wet and gray Thursday in April, David Brown was rushing to the grill at Deaner’s Diner.

Omelets were the regulars’ suppertime staple, and Brown was constantly on the move – pouring eggs, toasting ingredients, his spatula moving around the flat tray and slapping the egg comfort covers like a baguette. of conductor.

Kitchen manager Buck Larry is happy business is doing well, but he said rising egg prices are no egg as it squeezes profit margins.

Deaner’s consumes 6,000 pasteurized eggs a week, which works out to about $1,200 a month in eggs alone, Larry said.

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4. Clay County Public Health offers vaccination clinics on Wednesday

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Clay County Public Health is scheduling vaccination clinics for Wednesday, February 9, 2022.

Clay County Public Health plans to offer vaccination clinics on Wednesday, May 20.

All shots are by appointment.

During the clinics from 9:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. to 4 p.m., the first and second doses of Moderna will be available for ages 18 and older, as well as the first and second booster doses of Moderna for ages 18. and more.

The first booster doses of Moderna for people 18 years of age and older should be given five months after a second dose of Moderna or Pfizer, or two months after a dose of Janssen (Johnson & Johnson).

Second booster doses of Moderna are available for people aged 50 and over four months after a first booster dose.

For people aged 18 and over who are immunocompromised, the second booster dose should be given at least three months after the first booster dose, or two months after the second dose if the first dose was Janssen/Johnson & Johnson.

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5. Minnesota prisons will hire a tattoo artist for a new program


The Minnesota prison system is implementing a tattoo program in hopes of giving inmates new skills and curbing the spread of blood-borne diseases from illegal body art.

The State Corrections Department is seeking an experienced tattoo artist to oversee the establishment of one or more tattoo studios in Minnesota prisons. Prisoners have been known to create their own tattoo equipment using materials such as small electric motors and ballpoint pens. Without proper sterilization, tools can lead to the transmission of diseases such as Hepatitis C and HIV, as tattoo artists can use contaminated needles on multiple people.

Officials hope to make the tattoo safer by placing it in a controlled environment.

Corrections Department spokesman Nick Kimball said hepatitis treatments can cost between $20,000 and $75,000 and the state prison system treats 80 to 100 inmates for the disease each year. As of January 2022, 7,511 people were incarcerated in Minnesota prisons and earlier estimates put the number of infected inmates at between 1,200 and 3,500.

“By reducing the potential for bloodborne disease transmission, we’re creating a safer environment for everyone, including our staff, and we’re also being more careful with taxpayer dollars,” Kimball said in a recent tweet. promoting job listing.

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