Jennifer Vogel Feature Archive

Track Minnesota's performance at maintaining and improving its water quality. (09/13/2011)
Montevideo-based Clean Up the River Environment aims to close the gap between environmentalists and farmers. (09/13/2011)
Measuring the impact of farm practices and determining how fast to change them have moved to the center of the water quality debate in Minnesota. (09/13/2011)
Controlling runoff on the hills of Duluth is a tough undertaking, but an unusual coalition is making headway. (09/13/2011)
Cleaning up Minnesota's waters can come down to individuals trying to make a difference in the community they live in, whether it's on a farm, near a lake or in City Hall. Here are snapshots of a handful of Minnesotans who are taking action. (09/13/2011)
As the Legislature is about to begin a special session to settle the state's budget, the revenue department issues a release stating that Local Government Aid checks be delayed until at least July 27. (07/20/2011)
The way national health care reform is creating incentives and penalties to encourage the adoption of electronic record keeping can have a disproportionately harsh effect on rural providers. (06/20/2011)
Andrew Richburg, Sanford's executive vice president of marketing, gives a brief history of his company, which bills itself as the "largest, rural, not-for-profit healthcare system in the nation." (06/20/2011)
A introduction to half-dozen in rural Minnesota where change in the way health care is delivered seems to be in the wind. (06/20/2011)
Rural areas long have had difficulty maintaining hospitals and attracting doctors, but political, economic and demographic changes are adding to the burden. (06/20/2011)
Bigfork and Virginia are 80 miles apart and have community hospitals that seem quite different. One is financially healthy and gets high satisfaction rates from patients. The other is negotiating with a large health care company to deal with its red ink and try to improve its patient satisfaction. (06/20/2011)
Outstate communities are finding it increasingly difficult to land doctors who can do it all. Across the country, fewer medical students are choosing to become family practitioners, instead opting for specialties that pay more and afford shorter working hours. (06/20/2011)
A lack of physicians in rural Minnesota is leading to new ways to deliver health care, including use of such midlevel practitioners as paramedics and dental therapists and innovative ways to deliver care remotely. (06/20/2011)
Profiles of people who are taking action in the health care industry in rural Minnesota to make their communities better. (06/20/2011)
Dr. Susan Wasson in Osakis is a throwback to a different time in health care but she also represents dissatisfaction with the current system. (06/20/2011)