North Dakota emits all clear in fear of rabies

UPDATE: According to the Bismark Tribune, the raccoon tested negative for rabies/

The state Department of Health and Human Services released a statement over the weekend announcing the results determined by the North Dakota State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. The ministry also defended authorities’ decision to kill the animal to test for the disease which it said is almost always fatal.

Original story

In what may be a first for North Dakota, a rabies alert has been issued for a bar in Maddock, ND (about three hours northwest of Fargo, ND, near Devils Lake).

How did rabies enter a bar in North Dakota?

According to the Science Times, a woman walked into a bar with a raccoon. And although it sounds like the start of a joke, it’s a serious problem. North Dakota Health and Human Services is warning anyone who has come into contact with the raccoon to be aware that they may have been exposed to rabies.

About 10 people were in the bar at the time. When asked to leave the bar, she stood up and goes around the bar show it to another customer, because… why bother doing what the joint manager asks you?

In the Bismarck Tribune, the bartender said the woman left after about five minutes, “…and that’s all that happened… She never once left her arms , and there was absolutely no bite.”

Did you do this story just because your last name is Rabe?

Absolutely not. Well, maybe a little.


Speaking of bars, here’s a quick look at the bars we miss in SE Minnesota’s past.

10 Rochester Bars You Miss the Most (Around) the 1980s!

Go to any city and ask about the bars and restaurants they miss, and you’ll get hours of answers. I summarized a long list in the Top 10. Do you remember them? If yes, write to me and fill me in! [email protected]

As always, if you have a comment, complaint or concern about anything I’ve written here, please let me know: [email protected]

Joshua B. Speller