New cases of deer with Chronic Wasting Disease in southeast Minnesota, and the discovery of an infected deer in Crow Wing County in January has renewed the sense of urgency in containing the spread of the disease.  The Minnesota DNR and Board of Animal health have identified a relatively small numer of infected deer so far, compared to the more than 5,200 infected deer found in Wisconsin since 2002.

Chronic Wasting Disease is moving closer to home - with a deer farm in Merrifield testing positive and closing, there's some reason to worry about the spread of the disease.  The University of Minnesota considers CWD a potential public health crisis.  What exactly is Chronic Wasting Disease?

Tune in for our weekly segment - this week the latest on copper nickel mining in Hoyt Lakes -Polymet, the DNR is studying bears and ice conditions. 

JoAnn Weaver is a retired RN and former multi-term mayor of Breezy Point. She is well-qualified to talk gardening: she grew up in a gardening family from Nebraska, she's been a University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener since 2006 and currently serves as President of Crow Wing Master Gardeners. Additionally she's a Board Member for the Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District.