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Bird flu quarantine lifted in hard-hit Kandiyohi County

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A sign welcomed drivers to western Kandiyohi County, Minn., May 6, 2015. Behind it are poultry barns.
Mark Zdechlik | MPR News

The Minnesota county hardest hit by avian influenza has been released from quarantine.

Kandiyohi, the state's largest turkey producing county, has been under quarantine since last spring. The deadly virus struck more than three dozen farms there during April, May and June. 

Lifting the quarantine means county farmers with flocks unaffected by the virus will be able to move poultry on and off their land without restrictions, officials said Thursday.

It's also another step in the region's recovery from the most significant bird flu outbreak the nation has ever seen.  

Quarantines have now been lifted in 18 of the 23 Minnesota counties hit by bird flu.  And of the 108 farms affected, a third are in some phase of restocking their barns with poultry.