Elizabeth Baier Feature Archive

In a first-of-its-kind collaboration, researchers at the Mayo Clinic are working with more than a dozen community organizations in southeast Minnesota to keep immigrants and refugees from developing common diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. (01/30/2012)
An Australian company that harvests and processes carp for Asian and European food markets will open its first U.S. facility in Wabasha Friday. (01/20/2012)
Samantha Castro Flores, 10, is one of the nearly 40 percent of Latino children in the U.S. that are overweight or obese. Although Latino children who immigrate to the U.S. with their parents have lower rates of obesity than their U.S.-born peers, their risk of obesity increases the longer they live here. (01/16/2012)
About 300 students stayed home from Century High School in Rochester Wednesday after officials received a bomb threat at the school. (01/11/2012)
Winona County officials will vote on whether to temporarily block a controversial kind of sand mining. (01/10/2012)
The state's purchase of a 454-acre property expands the Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park in southeastern Minnesota, adding limestone cliffs and two miles of trout streams. (01/07/2012)
Brian Wunderlich is among the roughly 2,700 members of the Minnesota National Guard on duty in Kuwait. His wife, Margarita , says his presence is missed - especially during the holidays. Staying in touch isn't easy, but the effort makes their marriage strong. (12/29/2011)
City Police Officer Shawn Schneider remains in critical condition after he was shot in the head. (12/20/2011)
A Lake City police officer remained in critical condition Tuesday, a day after being shot in the head and neck. (12/19/2011)
In the last decade, a boom in jail construction and dropping crime rates have left thousands of jail cells empty around Minnesota. The combination has left many counties in the state trying to figure out how to make money on this unused space. (12/19/2011)
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded $1.4 million to the city of Zumbro Falls for property damaged in the September 2010 floods. (12/14/2011)
The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society has joined Mayo Clinic's Healthy Aging and Independent Living consortium. (12/09/2011)
On Wednesdays we check in with one of our reporters who is based outside the Twin Cities. Today, MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio reporter Elizabeth Baier who covers southeastern Minnesota. She's been following a proposal by the U.S. Postal Service to close or reduce operations at five of its Minnesota mail processing centers. The plan isn't final, but many people would lose their jobs around the state if the centers close. Baier spoke from MPR's Rochester bureau about that and other news in that part of the state. (12/07/2011)
The newly-founded Minnesota Public Employees Association is steadily competing with the Teamsters Union and wrestling away the right to represent Minnesota police officers and civilian law enforcement employees. (12/06/2011)
Former Minnesota State Rep. Allen Quist launched his bid Thursday for the 1st Congressional District against Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Walz in southern Minnesota. (12/01/2011)