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Medical lab technician Vonnie Blommel checks out influenza testing kits Wednesday, April 29, 2009, at the Affiliated Community Medical Center in Willmar. The test kits can be used for testing purposes in influenza cases detected in west central Minnesota. (Ron Adams/West Central Tribune)

First case of swine flu confirmed by CDC

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UPDATED 12:17 p.m.

COLD SPRING, Minn. - Minnesota's first swine flu case has been confirmed, leading a central Minnesota community to close two schools through Tuesday.

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Rocori Middle School and nearby St. Boniface school will be closed because a woman connected to the public schools came down with the flu. She is recovering.

Other Cold Spring schools will remain open. Federal guidelines indicate a school should be closed for a week if swine flu is confirmed.

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