Mark Steil Feature Archive

Southern Minnesota dairy farmer Michael Hartmann and three others face criminal charges linked to an earlier investigation of sales of raw milk and other unpasteurized dairy products. (05/18/2012)
The Big Stone County board has approved a controversial granite quarry proposal near Ortonville. (05/01/2012)
To hold a job you have to get to work, so "car guy" Dan Jones focuses on putting low-income people behind the wheel of cheap cars. (05/01/2012)
With favorable weather most of last week, Minnesota farmers have planted nearly half their corn as the pace of spring planting continues ahead of normal. (04/30/2012)
Legislation on its way to the U.S. House includes a moratorium on rural post office closings, which could keep dozens operating in Minnesota. (04/26/2012)
In what could be a bellwether for the industry, low ethanol prices and high production costs contributed to a big first-quarter loss for the owner of an ethanol plant in northwest Minnesota. (04/26/2012)
A new study published today in Nature, the international weekly journal of science, concludes that organic farming methods produce less food per acre than conventional practices. (04/25/2012)
New Ulm wrestler Ali Bernard fell short in her attempt to return to the Olympics this summer. (04/23/2012)
An Olympic athlete from New Ulm resumes her quest for a gold medal this weekend. Ali Bernard, 26, is the only woman from Minnesota to qualify for the U.S. women's wrestling team tryouts in Iowa City this weekend. (04/20/2012)
The latest crop report says through last Sunday farmers had planted 56 percent of their spring wheat. One year ago none of the crop was in the ground. (04/18/2012)
The pace of spring planting is picking up across Minnesota now that an important deadline for crop insurance coverage has passed. But the push to plant the state's $7 billion corn probably won't be the all-out rush expected a few weeks ago. (04/11/2012)
The head of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank said improving economic conditions could accelerate when the Fed pushes interest rates higher. (04/10/2012)
The National Weather Service is warning Minnesota residents that fire conditions could be high through Saturday. (04/06/2012)
A major conversion to a Minnesota ethanol plant in a couple of months could spark change for the state's $3 billion ethanol industry. (04/05/2012)
The Environmental Protection Agency this week started registering suppliers, but gasoline sellers say it could be some time before gasoline with 15 percent ethanol sees wide distribution. (04/03/2012)