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Mosquitoes in northern Anoka County test positive for West Nile virus

Plus: Four Minneapolis beaches closed due to high bacteria levels in the water; a north Minneapolis street will be renamed for Spike Moss; Zuzu’s Petals singer/guitarist Laurie Lindeen dead at 62; and more.

According to Tim Harlow of the Star Tribune, samples taken on June 17 and 18, in Oak Grove, in northern Anoka County, revealed that the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District had discovered its first positive West Nile virus-positive mosquitoes of the year.

Through Minnesota Public Radio: Just in time for the busy Fourth of July weekend, Minneapolis park officials have temporarily closed four beaches owing to high levels of germs in the water. Along with North Beach and the 32nd Street Beach on Bde Maka Ska, the beaches at Lake Harriet North and Lake Hiawatha are closed.

According to Dana Thiede of KARE, an 81-year-old Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, lady who killed her romantic rival will be eligible for parole after 20 years after receiving a life sentence. For shooting Yvonne Menke in 1985, Mary Jo Bailey received a mandatory life sentence with the chance of parole.

According to Katelyn Vue of the Sahan Journal, the owners of the site and the developers of a planned Muslim-only town in Lino Lakes are opposing the city’s intentions to halt the project.

On July 16, a north Minneapolis roadway will bear Spike Moss’s name in honor of the veteran activist, according to Al Brown of the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder.

Laurie Lindeen, the vocalist and guitarist with Zuzu’s Petals, passed away suddenly on Monday at the age of 62 from a brain aneurysm, according to friends. Chris Riemenschneider of the Star Tribune pays tribute to her.

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