Elizabeth Baier Feature Archive

A proposed high-speed Zip Rail line between Rochester and the Twin Cities could generate nearly $1 billion a year, according to a report released by the Rochester Area Economic Development Inc. (03/26/2012)
The book is based on the true story of two male penguins who hatch and raise a baby chick. Rochester school Superintendent Michael Munoz acknowledged that he and two board members failed to follow district policy when they recently decided to pull the book. (03/21/2012)
A one-year moratorium on frac sand mining in Winona gives officials time to study the issue, but some city residents wonder how well equipped leaders are to make the decisions ahead. (03/20/2012)
About 60 people attended a public hearing in Winona, Minn., on the city's decision to approve a one-year moratorium on new silica sand mining within city limits. (03/20/2012)
General Mills has joined Mayo Clinic's Healthy Aging and Independent Living consortium. (03/15/2012)
Winona city officials held an emergency meeting this week and passed a one-year moratorium that temporarily bans any new or expanded silica sand mining operations within city limits. (03/15/2012)
Officials in several west central Minnesota counties have been flooded with mailings from imprisoned polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs. (03/14/2012)
Silica sand mining has drawn widespread condemnation among environmentalists and others since energy companies discovered it helps extract oil and natural gas from the ground. (03/12/2012)
Officials confirm that commercial fishermen caught a silver carp and a bighead carp in the Mississippi River near Winona. (03/05/2012)
More than any other racial or ethnic group in the United States, Latinos are entrepreneurs, and that tendency has been increasing. Nearly a quarter of all new entrepreneurs in 2010 were Latino, according to the Kauffman Foundation. (03/05/2012)
Researchers at the Mayo Clinic are studying the effects of old age in what they call a "living lab." (03/01/2012)
On Wednesdays, Morning Edition checks-in with one of our reporters who is based outside the Twin Cities. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Elizabeth Baier in Rochester about a few stories she's covering in southeastern Minnesota. Baier has been following the moratoriums several southeastern Minnesota counties have passed as they figure out how to regulate silica sand mining in the region. Companies are looking at the sand to help in the oil and natural gas industry. But now there are bills in the Minnesota House and Senate that would limit these moratoriums. (02/29/2012)
Union officials say cuts to the IBM workforce made Monday and Tuesday are affecting employees at the Rochester facility. (02/28/2012)
Clinic officials announced today they will use that financial boost to move forward with several construction projects across the health system. (02/23/2012)
An investigation is underway in the town of Blue Earth near the Iowa border after a home invasion left one man dead and three women seriously injured. (02/20/2012)