Mark Steil Feature Archive

The U.S. Postal Service says post office hours are being reduced in many locations throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin as the system faces a big budget deficit. About 550 employees in the region have taken early retirement. (02/02/2013)
Minnesota slipped two notches in the national wind power rankings, based on 2012 energy production. The state now ranks seventh in the U.S. (01/30/2013)
The sale of a financially struggling ethanol plant in southern Minnesota is the latest evidence of tough times in the renewable fuel business. (01/24/2013)
The Environmental Protection Agency has verified for the first time that some corn rootworms have developed resistance to genetically modified corn sold by Monsanto. Rootworm resistance is suspected in a number of Midwest states, including Minnesota. (01/18/2013)
Minnesota may see some drought relief in February, March and April, according to the U.S. Climate Prediction Center. (01/17/2013)
High land prices are making it difficult for young farmers. In one of the most volatile and expensive land markets in history, they generally don't have the financial resources to compete with established producers or investors. For those seeking a start, just renting a few acres is daunting. (01/14/2013)
Farmers are watching agricultural production in South America this winter as they try to predict the direction corn and soybean prices will take in coming months. (01/11/2013)
Key tax credits for the biodiesel and wind industries have been renewed as part of the fiscal cliff legislation. (01/02/2013)
Dakota Indians and their supporters commemorated the largest mass execution in U.S. history at a ceremony Wednesday in Mankato. (12/27/2012)
Minnesota Municipal Power Agency has started construction on a $30 million renewable energy plant in Le Sueur, 50 miles southwest of the Twin Cities. (12/24/2012)
As severe drought continues across most of the state, residential wells are going dry in parts of Minnesota. The southwest region of the state has been especially hard-hit, making residents and officials scramble to find new water sources as underground aquifers shrink. (12/19/2012)
Dakota Indian horseback riders and support teams are gathering in South Dakota on Monday for an annual memorial journey to southern Minnesota. Their ride will end in Mankato on Dec. 26, the 150th anniversary of the largest mass execution in U.S. history. On that day in 1862, 38 Dakota men were hanged from a single gallows platform in downtown Mankato in retribution for the US-Dakota war. (12/10/2012)
This month, Minnesota farmers should receive their survey forms for the five-year agricultural census which informs federal farm policy. (12/03/2012)
A rare clouded leopard will live out its life at an animal rescue center in eastern Minnesota after a financially struggling zoo decided to retire the animal. (11/21/2012)
Shoppers who buy meat produced by Hormel Foods Corp. should expect to see higher prices in the coming year, due to the rising cost of livestock feed. (11/21/2012)