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Opinion: Don’t dismiss West Nile threat

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Remember when mosquitoes and deer ticks were just minor annoyances?

Not anymore. Tick-borne Lyme Disease and mosquito-borne West Nile virus reached Becker County a few years ago.

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Minnesota’s first case this season of West Nile virus was reported Thursday.

State health officials said the man, from Murray County in southwest Minnesota, became ill with West Nile fever earlier this month and is recovering.

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