Elizabeth Baier Feature Archive

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)
Two deadly accidents on Highway 52 in October re-fueled concerns about a dangerous intersection on the highway between the Twin Cities and Rochester. (11/21/2011)
Since it was proposed, the turbine project has generated strong opposition from some residents, who question the effect the turbines will have on local wildlife and eagle populations. (11/15/2011)
Latino immigrants are often healthier when they first arrive than their U.S.-born counterparts. But they soon become almost twice as likely to develop chronic diseases, compared to non-Latino whites. (11/14/2011)
When Col. Eric Kerska talks about the Minnesota Red Bulls' convoy missions in Kuwait, he can't help but call them grueling. (11/11/2011)
Republican State Senator Mike Parry launched his bid Thursday to capture the congressional seat held by DFL-er Tim Walz. (11/03/2011)
On Wednesdays, we check in with one of our reporters who is based outside the Twin Cities. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio News reporter Elizabeth Baier in Rochester who covers southeastern Minnesota. One of the stories she's tracking is the growing interest in the controversial practice of silica sand mining. Near Chatfield, the Elmira township held a meeting last night to consider a sand mining proposal, and to the east, county commissioners in Winona County are considering whether to temporarily stop sand mining operations. (11/02/2011)