5-18 News: Minnesota Measles Outbreak

Measles Outbreak

Minnesota is currently dealing with its worst measles outbreak since 1990.

By last week’s count, 7,000 people in Minnesota are exposed to the disease, with that number climbing.

Community Health Services Administrator Kathy Filbert says this is in part due to the lack of vaccinations.

Filbert stressed that it's vital that all people get vaccinated.

23% of children in Pine County alone don’t have proper immunization.

The commissioner of health in Minnesota is currently in talks to receive a 5 million dollar fund in response to the outbreak.

There are currently 58 confirmed cases of the disease in Minnesota, with 55 of those being children.

Maddy Nelson Memorial Walleye Tournament

The first annual Maddy Nelson Memorial Walleye Tournament is this weekend.

Maddy Nelson was a senior at Cambridge-Isanti High School who passed away after her battle with childhood cancer in 2016.

The tournament is this Saturday, May 20th from 8 am until 2 pm.

A silent auction and meal will take place at the Grumpy Minnow on Rush Lake.

MN Sings

Registration for a local singing contest is now open.

Pine City Sings is featured this year as a part of Freedom Fest 2017.

The competition is open to amateur vocalists age 15-25 that are residents in the community.

The winner and runner-up will advance to the Minnesota sings competition in St. Paul in September.

The event is being sponsored by the Pine City Chamber of Commerce and WCMP.

North Branch Middle School Award

An area middle school is the recipient of an anti-bullying award.

North Branch middle school received the Faces of Change award from the national bullying prevention center.

The honor will be presented at the unity awards, May 25th at the Bloomington Civic Center in Bloomington.

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