Elizabeth Baier Feature Archive

Two state agencies in charge of regulating the silica sand mining industry are creating a new advisory committee. (11/16/2013)
Sand is the crucial ingredient in the oil and natural gas extraction process known as fracking, and there are large deposits of it in the steep bluffs along the Mississippi River. But demand for sand has dropped. (11/10/2013)
Sturdy footwear is suggested for today's groundbreaking for the state's second Veterans Cemetery in southeastern Minnesota. (11/08/2013)
A construction worker fell about 40 feet while working Wednesday on a portion of the I-90 bridge over the Mississippi River in southeast Minnesota. (11/06/2013)
Competition from bigger retailers and foreign manufacturers is forcing the owner of Red Wing Pottery to find a buyer for the iconic stoneware company or shut it down by year's end. (11/05/2013)
Insurance companies have stayed out of the Rochester market largely because Mayo sets prices in the region, and they're higher than anywhere else in Minnesota. Mayo officials say their costs are expensive because the clinic treats patients with complex illnesses. (10/30/2013)
In Rochester, health care is more expensive than anywhere else in Minnesota because the Mayo Clinic sets the region's prices. That's the reality facing southeast Minnesota. Despite the federal Affordable Care Act and the new MNsure health coverage marketplace. (10/28/2013)
The $67 million gift from Robert and Patricia Kern marks the second largest outright gift in Mayo's history. (10/23/2013)
Many children are not being vaccinated against a cervical cancer virus because their parents don't know enough about the vaccine, a Mayo Clinic pediatrician warns. (10/21/2013)
When severe flooding this summer worsened erosion around many of the region's cold-water trout streams, environmentalists searched for ways to keep soil out of the water without breaking local government budgets. They decided to try walls of trees. (10/21/2013)
An oversight board is developing rules for mining, processing and transporting silica sand - used in hydraulic fracturing. (10/19/2013)
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)