Elizabeth Baier Feature Archive

Southeastern Minnesota has plentiful groundwater sources, but the geology in the region makes some of those sources vulnerable to contamination. So cities deal with the challenge by looking for clean water and urging conservation. (03/20/2014)
The voluntary standards address a wide range of issues, including the effect of mining operations how they transport sand on air quality, noise level, roads and bridges. (03/19/2014)
The 200-page document addresses a wide range of issues, including air quality, noise monitoring, storage, road and bridge impacts, and setbacks from homes. It's meant to be a guidebook that local leaders can use to regulate silica sand mining in their communities. (03/19/2014)
Crews have placed oil-absorbing booms and sandbags along railroad tracks in southeastern Minnesota to soak up oil that leaked out of a tanker car last month. (03/14/2014)
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will hold a public meeting this Wednesday to discuss deer population goals for southeastern Minnesota. (02/17/2014)
A $5 billion plan to remake the Mayo Clinic campus is underway. While some developers and investors look toward that growth with anticipation, soaring real estate prices have forced other Rochester businesses to consider moving out of downtown or fork over a lot more money to stay in the district. (02/09/2014)
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is requiring the company to clean up portions of the spill where puddles of oil have accumulated or are on top of snow. (02/05/2014)
Patricia Simmons, chair of Mayo Clinic's private economic development agency, said most of the money will pay for planning, architecture and engineering consultants, as well as legal and marketing services. (01/30/2014)
As Mayo Clinic launches its 20-year, $5 billion investment plan to remake its flagship campus, the massive project is spurring waves of commercial development, particularly in the hospitality industry. With about 12,000 full-time employees in Rochester, the sector is second only to health care. (01/28/2014)
For a $1 ticket, the game offers players a chance to win the top prize of $100,000 whether they match all or none of the numbers selected. (01/24/2014)
Last year, IBM cut Rochester workers as it moved Minnesota production manufacturing operations to Mexico and New York state. The coming layoffs will be comparable to last year's the company's chief financial officer said. (01/22/2014)
The EPA's proposal would lower the total amount of ethanol blended into gasoline supplies. (01/19/2014)
Although about 40 percent of the garbage Minnesotans throw away is organic and compostable, the state captures only about 4 percent of the waste through organics recycling. (01/17/2014)
A fatal shooting that killed two people in rural Olmsted County on Monday was a murder-suicide, authorities say. (01/07/2014)
During a hearing on Monday, officials from the Diocese of New Ulm told the judge that the list should remain secret. They moved to dismiss a nuisance claim that demands the diocese disclose the names. (01/06/2014)