Mark Steil Feature Archive

The company that converted a southwest Minnesota ethanol plant to production of a corn-derived industrial chemical has won an early victory in a court fight with a competitor. (06/20/2012)
Minnesota state agencies and environmental groups have made reducing farm field runoff into fields a major priority. But the task will be difficult, if the record May rains are any indication. (06/13/2012)
Windsurfers from around the Midwest compete in a regatta this weekend in southwestern Minnesota. (06/09/2012)
With a new farm bill possibly reaching the U.S. Senate floor next week, an environmental group wants Congress to cut crop insurance subsidies when it takes up the legislation. (05/31/2012)
A Colorado company has started the first commercial production of a corn-based alternative to ethanol at a converted plant in southwest Minnesota. (05/24/2012)
Minnesota's corn crop is off to a good start and could contribute to a record U.S. harvest. But uncertainty over prices has farmers wondering if a bountiful harvest might cost them more than they can sell their corn for. (05/24/2012)
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)