Mark Steil Feature Archive

Drought conditions have spread to more of Minnesota over the past week as little rain fell on the state. (08/23/2012)
The Minnesota Department of Health says the number of human cases of West Nile virus in the state this year has increased to 27, up from 20 on Monday. (08/22/2012)
A much delayed project is now providing water in neighboring states, but it's still unclear whether Minnesota will benefit. (08/21/2012)
One-hundred-fifty years after the government exiled most Dakota from Minnesota following the U.S. Dakota War of 1862, more than 250 people made a symbolic return to the state. (08/17/2012)
It was 150 years ago today that four angry Dakota Indians killed several settlers near the tiny town of Acton, Minn. Within a day, the Lower Sioux Agency had been overrun and an unprecedented war between the Dakota and U.S. soldiers had begun. The effects of that war, which lasted just a few weeks, still reverberate in Minnesota today. (08/17/2012)
The weather, especially the drought, has been a major topic at Farmfest, the big agricultural trade show that wrapped up Thursday. (08/10/2012)
Kurt Bills, the Republican-endorsed candidate for U.S. Senate took aim at Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar on Tuesday for her support of a farm bill that recently passed the Senate. (08/08/2012)
On top of a punishing drought, corn rootworm is adding to crop damage in parts of Minnesota and elsewhere -- even though the plants are supposed to be immune from the bug. (08/03/2012)
More than half the United States is in drought, including parts of southern and western Minnesota. But even in areas where there's been enough rain, the dry weather is causing severe financial pain in Minnesota's $6 billion dollar livestock industry. (07/27/2012)
In some parts of Minnesota, crops continue to deteriorate because of hot, dry weather. The worst-hit areas of southwest Minnesota have corn fields that will yield half the crop that had been expected -- or less. (07/24/2012)
A report released this afternoon shows continued slow decline in Minnesota's corn and soybean crops because of dry weather. (07/23/2012)
MPR's Mark Steil speaks with Tom Crann of All Things Considered regarding the drought that affects parts of northwest, southwest and southeast Minnesota. (07/20/2012)
Drought conditions in the Midwest are intensifying and starting to affect Minnesota crops, as both corn and soybeans took a step backwards over the last week. (07/17/2012)
"Knee high by the Fourth of July." There's no clear explanation when, where or why the phrase started. It sticks around as a simple rhyme that people love to say. But the phrase has outlived its usefulness. (07/06/2012)
Fines for transporting invasive species in Minnesota doubled on July 1, and DNR officers are checking boats for violations over the holiday period. (07/04/2012)