Mark Steil Feature Archive

The U.S. Department of Labor has reversed course on a proposed rule that would have limited the sorts of work children are allowed to perform on farms. (02/02/2012)
Rick Santorum is the first Republican White House hopeful to bring his campaign to Minnesota ahead of the state's caucuses on Feb. 7, with a stop Monday evening in Luverne. (01/31/2012)
Minnesota's wind power production capacity grew by more than 500 megawatts last year. This year could be just as good, with just as much turbine construction as in 2011. But if Congress declines to renew a key federal subsidy for wind energy — the industry could nose-dive in 2013. (01/30/2012)
A southwest Minnesota man has been charged with illegally shooting a cougar in Jackson County in late November. (01/27/2012)
On Wednesday, we check in with one of our reporters who's based outside the Twin Cities to find out what's going on in their part of Minnesota. Today MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Mark Steil in Worthington. One of the stories he's been following is this year's proposed federal farm bill. (01/25/2012)
The state is using more than $200 million to expand access to high-speed broadband, mostly in rural parts of the state. But some don't want it. (01/17/2012)
Poor weather last year reduced the size of the Minnesota harvest more than previously estimated. (01/12/2012)
Seven Minnesota offices of the U.S. Agriculture Department will close, including a food safety office in Minneapolis which serves five states. (01/10/2012)
Funeral services are tomorrow in Duluth for the last living Medal of Honor recipient in Minnesota. Mike Colalillo earned the honor during World War II. The West Duluth resident died last week at the age of 86. Nearly four years ago, Colalillo spoke with MPR's Mark Steil about his experiences during World War II. Steil's original report aired in January 2008. (01/06/2012)
Representatives of the well-established corn ethanol industry say their business will do just fine without expiring federal subsidies, but those in the still-developing biodiesel sector are concerned. (12/30/2011)
The nation's struggling economy is making tentative steps toward recovery, but still has a ways to go to catch the high-flying agricultural sector. (12/22/2011)
Cargill has resumed ground turkey production at a plant in Arkansas after a three-month shutdown because of contamination from an anti-biotic resistant form of salmonella. (12/19/2011)
On Wednesdays we check in with one of our reporters who's based outside the Twin Cities, to find out what's going on in their part of Minnesota. Today MPR's Cathy Wurzer talks with Mark Steil in Worthington. One of the stories he's been following is the fallout for Minnesota from the MF Global bankruptcy. (12/14/2011)
As Minnesota's Latino population grows, the number of Latino-owned businesses in Minnesota has also risen steadily -- at nearly double the rate of overall business growth in the state. (12/12/2011)
Minnesota farmland prices are rising at near record rates, according to recent estimates. Some officials say the higher prices reflect a strong agricultural economy. Others are concerned that land prices could be the next real estate bubble. (12/08/2011)