Mark Steil Feature Archive

Many city leaders say the state's budget will force them to raise property taxes next year. (07/29/2011)
It's been a week since a new budget was signed into law for the state of Minnesota, and we're still looking at how that budget is being implemented. Cities and counties around Minnesota predict property tax hikes and service cuts, because of the new state budget. The budget freezes state aid to local governments - locking in for the next two years cuts made during the Pawlenty administration. A report from the State House research department estimates those local governments together will raise property taxes by some $376 million as a result. (07/27/2011)
Investigators say a fire that killed six people at a bed-and-breakfast in New Ulm was started by candles left unattended on a front porch. (07/25/2011)
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is considering new regulations to force meatpackers to disclose more information on how they set prices for livestock. (07/18/2011)
A severe thunderstorm last week damaged at least six wind turbines and some homes in Lincoln County. (07/06/2011)
Republican Sen. Dave Senjem heard yells of "get back to work" at a parade yesterday in the southern Minnesota community of Blooming Prairie. (07/04/2011)
U.S. and Minnesota farmers have planted more corn than expected and the prospect of an ample harvest is driving prices sharply lower. (06/30/2011)
The growth of Minnesota crops are behind where they should be for this time of year, agriculture officials say. (06/28/2011)
Not only has ethanol production stalled out in the United States and taken at least a symbolic blow in Congress, what once was billed as the next generation in making ethanol has been slower to build than expected. (06/27/2011)
Heavy rains over the past couple of days have caused rivers to rise, flooded some farm fields, and caused power outages. The storm is moving out today. (06/22/2011)
If you want a sense of how nervous Minnesotans might be getting over the pending state government shutdown, Nicollet County is a good place to start. The county has a larger share of state workers than any other in the state. (06/16/2011)
Family and friends are mourning the death of a 2009 Madelia High School graduate who was killed in Iraq, though the Defense Department has not yet said how or when Campo died. (06/08/2011)
The Defense Department has identified remains found in Laos as those of a Vietnam War Air Force pilot from Browns Valley. (06/07/2011)
A turn in the weather has allowed Minnesota farmers to plant 95 percent of their corn crops and 75 percent of their soybeans. The outlook for the fall harvest is good. (06/07/2011)
Hubert Humphrey is a political icon in Minnesota, but he was born 100 years ago -- May 27, 1911 -- in South Dakota, where his small hometown of Doland still fondly remembers its favorite son. As he climbed the political ladder, Humphrey remembered his roots in Doland -- a place that instilled in him the values that would define him and steer him toward public service. (05/26/2011)