The Minnesota Department of Health says that an elderly resident of Stevens County has died due to the West Nile virus. The death marks the 16th West Nile-related death in the state since 2002. Epidemiologist Dave Neitzel says that this is the peak season for West Nile, and people need to take precautions. He advises people to use mosquito repellent if they go outside at dusk and dawn. Neitzel says that the West Nile season continues through September in Minnesota. Currently, there have been 30 reported cases of West Nile in the state this year, including in Brown, Sibley and Waseca Counties.