Nathaniel Minor Feature Archive

Timbuktu is back in Mali's hands, thanks to help from the French and other Western powers. It was ruled by Islamist militants since early last year. I made the trip to Mali, a land-locked country in West Africa, in January 2009 as part of a team working on a USDA-sponsored sustainable agriculture project. (01/29/2013)
Sugar beet farmers in the Red River Valley are busy harvesting a bumper crop this fall, the second harvest since American Crystal Sugar locked 1,300 union workers out of its five factories in a labor dispute. (10/16/2012)
A wildfire destroyed at least six structures as it skirted the small city of about 700 people near the Canadian border. The local nursing home, school, assisted living center and a group home, all in the southern portion of the city, were evacuated. (10/02/2012)
Ice fishing and beer drinking are two closely intertwined traditions in Minnesota's winter months. Two enterprising business people in northwestern Minnesota figured out a novel way to capitalize on both. (02/06/2012)
Photos of the burn area in the Boundary Waters before the Pagami Creek fire started. (09/15/2011)
This map shows the perimeter of the fire currently burning in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, as well as closed entry points. (09/14/2011)
Compare photographs of the Red River in Fargo and Moorhead taken before and during flooding. (04/08/2011)
About 200 Fargo residents gathered Wednesday evening to learn more about the city's plan to prepare for this year's expected spring flooding. (02/10/2011)
A group of about 75 people welcomed Mike Link and Katie Crowley in Duluth Saturday afternoon as the couple completed the final stage of a 1,550-mile hike around Lake Superior. (09/18/2010)
Every Labor Day weekend, thousands of people come to the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion in the tiny northwestern Minnesota town of Rollag. Dozens of antique steam engines are shown that were once used to thresh -- to separate grain from the stalk. (09/09/2010)
The Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport, Minn. puts on a big show every July that attracts hundreds to the small town in the heart of dairy farm country. (07/19/2010)
Scenes from Spring in the Boundary Waters in far northeastern Minnesota. (06/01/2010)
Scenes from frosty Gooseberry Falls State Park and the north shore of Lake Superior. (02/20/2010)
The Bentleyville "Tour of Lights" annual lighting display has grown so large that this year that founder Nathan Bentley moved it from Cloquet to Duluth's Bayfront Festival Park. (12/22/2009)
Families in search of an inexpensive and truly Minnesotan Christmas tree this year should look past their local tree stand and head north -- and bring an axe. (12/05/2009)