Elizabeth Baier Feature Archive

State lawmakers will hold hearings beginning this week to address the fast-growing frac sand industry and its effect on Minnesota. Although local lawmakers are grappling with how to zone and regulate the industry, rules differ widely throughout the state. (02/18/2013)
The Red Wing City Council is calling for an independent investigation into Mayor Dennis Egan's new position as executive director of a lobbying group for the silica sand industry. (02/12/2013)
Two small Minnesota towns are struggling with the same problem: flooding that left the local school buildings in bad shape. In Rushford-Peterson and Moose Lake, the damages were repaired and students are back in school, but officials in both districts say the fixes are temporary. (02/06/2013)
Red Wing's Mayor Dennis Egan has taken a new job as executive director of the newly-created Minnesota Industrial Sand Council. The council is a group of companies with interests in mining silica sand and providing services to the industry. Officials in other southeastern Minnesota cities don't know much yet about the council, but some say best practices should be left to state officials and not an industry group. (02/06/2013)
Rochester is in the middle of transition. The city's flagship employer, the Mayo Clinic, proposes to invest billions of dollars over the next two decades to attract more patients, as well as add tens of thousands of new jobs to southeastern Minnesota. But there's a missing piece to the plan before Rochester can become a global medical destination. (02/01/2013)
Mayo proposes to invest billions over two decades to make Rochester and surrounding communities a "destination medical center." But to get that done, Mayo needs help from taxpayers. (01/31/2013)
A Puerto Rican medical and dental provider has joined the Mayo Clinic as the newest member of its care network. (01/24/2013)
Authorities say police fatally shot an 83-year-old North Mankato man after he fired at officers following a three-hour standoff. (01/18/2013)
Federal officials have given a developer the green light to move ahead with a controversial wind project in southeastern Minnesota that, if approved, would be the first time a wind farm has been given permission to legally kill bald eagles. (01/17/2013)
Residents in far southeastern Minnesota will have a chance to learn about the spread of emerald ash borer at a meeting tonight at the La Crescent City Hall. (01/16/2013)
A new collaborative research initiative between two Minnesota health giants will work to improve patient care and lower costs. Announced Tuesday morning, the partnership between Mayo Clinic and UnitedHealth Group's Optum division is the largest health data-sharing effort of its kind in the country. (01/15/2013)
Officials in St. Charles, Minn., are considering disbanding the city's police department and contracting police services with the Winona County Sheriff's Office. (01/13/2013)
A Mayo Clinic researcher is testing the theory that controlling indoor humidity levels can help control the influenza virus in transmission hotspots like schools, hospitals, daycare centers and churches. (01/11/2013)
The Billings Clinic in Montana has joined the Mayo Clinic as the newest member of its regional care network. (01/09/2013)
From Rochester, Minn., to Sioux Falls, S.D., homeowners have reported shifting foundations and cracks in basements and walls related to the drought. (01/07/2013)