Mark Steil Feature Archive

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)
The driest fall on record in parts of Minnesota already has farmers concerned about next year's crops. (12/03/2011)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is criticizing Monsanto for its handling of cases of damage to corn crops by rootworm. (12/01/2011)
A Minnesota ethanol company pleaded guilty and will pay more than $750,000 in fines and penalties to settle state and federal pollution violations. (11/23/2011)
Seven small town Minnesota post offices are scheduled to close for good today and tomorrow, the latest setback for towns which have seen a steady exit of community institutions over the years. (11/18/2011)
Fallout from the collapse of MF Global is spreading worldwide, including to grain elevators and commodity traders in Minnesota, who have had funds frozen that the grain traders say they need to stay in business. (11/10/2011)
Some Minnesota grain elevators have found themselves dragged by the bankruptcy of MF Global. The two are linked by grain futures contracts. (11/09/2011)
Minnesota farmers saw this year's weather problems reflected in the U.S. Department of Agriculture reduced harvest estimate. (11/09/2011)