Nancy Lebens Feature Archive

The FDIC announced at the end of the day Friday that the single bank would become a branch of Central Bank of Stillwater effective Saturday. It's the first Minn. bank failure of 2011. (04/15/2011)
Suspect was 23-year-old Aaron Parson of Brooklyn Park. The Hennepin County medical examiner says Parson was found under the Washington Avenue bridge in Minneapolis with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. (04/11/2011)
Target, along with two other Minnesota companies -- Best Buy and US Bank -- sent email notices to customers warning them not to respond to emails asking for personal information. (04/04/2011)
Health plans reported an operating margin that was much wider than in recent years, which indicates most plans profited in 2010. (04/02/2011)
Here's a roundup of road closures around the state. (03/24/2011)
Road closures threaten commutes in southwest suburbs of the Twin Cities. Legislators consider bonding projects related to floods. (03/23/2011)
A 16-year-old girl and a 17-year-old boy are both dead after a shooting Monday night at their home in western Minnesota. (03/22/2011)
Immigrant farmers are fixtures at farmers' markets in the Twin Cities, but they are not nearly as well represented in other parts of the local food scene. (01/07/2011)
The Food Safety Modernization Act passed by the U.S. House Tuesday strengthens government oversight of food processing facilities and farms, but a controversial part of the bill exempts small farms from most safety oversight. (12/22/2010)
Increasing consumer interest in the presumed health and economic benefits of local food has meant that not only do store like Lunds need to keep up with customer demand, they also have to compete with other retailers like Walmart -- both for customers and for the growers that produce the food. (12/10/2010)
Food service directors say the programs will improve students' health and might lead to better success at school. (12/03/2010)
Harvest Thyme Bistro in Wadena has a simple message for its customers: fresh food in season tastes better, and it's healthier. (11/26/2010)
A list of co-ops, local farms and grocers where you can find local ingredients for your Thanksgiving meal. (11/23/2010)
An experiment to get more locally grown food on resort menus this summer by six Brainerd chefs and eight area farmers was one of a variety of efforts on the local food front. It showed both how things might work and why it's difficult. (11/16/2010)
What a city spends on its police force or its parks doesn't usually get any attention in the Minnesota governor's race, but because the state's budget problems loom so centrally this year, local spending issues have been pulled in as well. (10/29/2010)