The body of an Aitkin County man missing since last month has been found in Pine County, near where his vehicle had been. Edward “Fritz” C. Schultz was last seen in Ogilvie, Minn., on April 26. His vehicle was found in the Lake Lena area in Pine County, but previous searches had not been able to find any signs of the 57-year-old. Searchers expanded their effort on Tuesday and a helicopter joined them. Schultz’s body was found in Mud Lake, about a half-mile from his vehicle, the Pine County Sheriff’s Office said. A cause of death has not been established.



Burning restrictions are largely lifted

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is lifting burning restriction in many counties, thanks to recent rain and green-up. The agency lifted the restrictions Thursday. But burning restrictions will remain in place in northern Minnesota until there is enough green-up.

Local counties or municipalities still may have specific regulations that affect burning. And because fire danger can change quickly, DNR foresters can restrict burning permits whenever conditions warrant. The DNR advises anyone doing burning to keep burn piles small, have a water supply nearby and stay with the fire until it is completely out. If a fire gets out of control, the person who started the fire is responsible for the damage and suppression costs.

Up-to-date fire conditions and burning restrictions can be found at:



Two dead in shooting near Walker, Minn.

Authorities in northern Minnesota say two men are dead after a shooting near Walker. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office got a call for medical assistance at a home about 7:15 p.m. Tuesday. Medical personnel and officers arrived and found two victims with apparent gunshot wounds. A 57-year-old man was flown to a Fargo, N.D., hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The other man, 60, died at the home. Names of the victims were not immediately released. While the shooting is under investigation, authorities say there is no danger to the public.



Bird flu linked to two more flocks

The Minnesota Board of Animal Health reported Thursday that two more flocks have a presumptive positive test for the bird flu virus. One flock is made up of commercial egg-laying chickens and is located in Renville County, the second detection in that county. Meeker County reports its ninth detection, this time in a commercial turkey flock. Not counting these cases, Minnesota producers have lost more than 5.7 million turkeys and chickens to the disease.