Jennifer Vogel Feature Archive

MPR News' Ground Level project looks at Minnesota's water pollution challenges and how some residents are tackling them, river by river and lake by lake. (09/13/2011)
Bruce and Ann Tiffany practice as many water-conserving efforts as they can on their corn and beans farm near Redwood Falls. (09/13/2011)
The epicenter of Minnesota's cabin country, Crow Wing County has come to agreement on more aggressive shoreline zoning enforcement. (09/13/2011)
Long a force in cleaning local lakes, lake associations are banding together to become a statewide force. (09/13/2011)
There is no shortage of scientists, environmentalists, entrepreneurs and regular citizens working to solve problems related to water quality in Minnesota. Here are five ideas that could help, some already in use and others on the drawing board. (09/13/2011)
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)
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)