Elizabeth Baier Feature Archive

Science, technology, engineering and math disciplines will generate tens of thousands of jobs in Minnesota in the next decade. Many of those careers require knowledge of the code language that runs computers. Rochester officials and business leaders are teaching kids to code in hopes of bringing those jobs to the area. (10/14/2013)
"There are cases of measles and rubella outbreak in other parts of the world and as we always say, 'We're one plane ride away from an outbreak like that happening in the U.S.," according to Greg Poland, a professor of medicine and infectious diseases at Mayo. (10/11/2013)
The deal, reached after five months of negotiations, addresses quality of patient care and gives nurses more input on staffing levels without fear of retaliation, said nurse David Nachreiner. (10/04/2013)
The state currently has two veterans cemeteries -- one in Minneapolis and one in Little Falls. Construction begins soon on a third cemetery in southeastern Minnesota that will be a final resting place for more than 35,000 veterans. (10/02/2013)
The Mayo Clinic is teaming up with Sesame Street to deliver healthy messages to women and families in Bolivia, Nicaragua, Peru, Mexico and Argentina. (09/27/2013)
The fire that destroyed two buildings and damaged several others in downtown Winona earlier this month started between the roof and the ceiling of the Islamic Center of Winona. (09/26/2013)
The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs has received a $10 million federal grant to develop a state veterans cemetery in southeastern Minnesota. (09/26/2013)
Rochester and Mayo Clinic leaders estimate the city will grow by about 32,000 residents over the next 20 years as the clinic expands its footprint in the region. The new Economic Development Agency will vet private information and development plans. (09/26/2013)
A new study will help researchers determine whether to continue releasing stingless wasps as a strategy in the battle against the emerald ash borer, a tiny invasive beetle that's posing a dire threat to Minnesota's ash trees. (09/22/2013)
Concerned that they do not have enough say in staffing levels, about 300 union-represented nurses gathered for an informational picket today outside Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato. (09/17/2013)
Winona Fire Chief Curt Bittle said last week's fire in downtown Winona may have been caused by electrical problems. (09/17/2013)
The apple harvest will be a couple of weeks late this year, but the orchards are full of sweet fruit and producers are looking toward an exceptional harvest. Minnesota apple growers are expected to produce nearly 20 million pounds of fruit this year. (09/17/2013)
After what local officials are calling the largest fire in recent Winona history, those who lost homes, businesses and places of worship say they're happy they escaped alive. Now they're taking stock, and planning the way forward. (09/14/2013)
One of the largest fires in Winona history swept through parts of downtown, wrecking historic buildings and businesses and chasing 16 people from their homes. (09/13/2013)
The Mayo Clinic is trying to encourage more people to donate blood as they extend the waiting period between donations. (09/10/2013)