Mark Steil Feature Archive

Soldiers hanged 38 Dakota on Dec. 26, 1862, for alleged crimes committed in a six-week war the previous summer. (12/26/2014)
Congress blocked the EPA from adopting a proposed Clean Water Act Rule that would have allowed the agency to regulate areas that held water temporarily, including puddles. (12/18/2014)
Minnesota farm and business interests praised President Barack Obama's announcement of normalized relations with Cuba. But they said only ending the U.S. embargo of Cuba would bring real change. (12/17/2014)
The railroad blames heavy shipping demand and bad weather for significant rail shipping delays last winter -- delays that cost farmers, coal companies, utilities, and grain businesses hundreds of millions of dollars. (12/14/2014)
The number of farm loans requiring adjustments are at historic lows. But many crop farmers likely will lose money on their corn harvest this year because of low prices. (12/03/2014)
The main problem is corn, with about four percent of the state's crop still in the field. (11/29/2014)
Minnesota yields were below expectations in parts of state. But a big U.S. harvest has cut grain prices. Farmers are weighing how to cut costs next year. (11/09/2014)
Collisions between farm machinery and power poles seem to be on the rise in rural Minnesota. Some worry it's just a matter of time before someone gets seriously hurt. (10/21/2014)
After months of complaints by farmers, grain shippers and others about lengthy railroad delays, another major industry is crying foul. (10/12/2014)
Farm groups complain about rail shipping delays, but some areas are much worse off than others. The longest delays are in North and South Dakota and western Minnesota. (10/05/2014)
Farmers in southern Minnesota likely will see a 30-percent decline in soybean productions because of the weekend frost. The hit to corn wasn't as bad. (09/15/2014)
Plentiful rain and mild temperatures boosted the September forecast by 2 bushels an acre, according to newly released USDA data. (09/11/2014)
Plentiful rain and mild temperatures boosted the September forecast by 2 bushels an acre, according to newly released USDA data. (09/11/2014)
Minnesota's propane suppliers have installed additional storage tanks to increase their supply. They're hoping to avert a propane shortage like the one that occurred last year. (09/09/2014)
Minnesota's farmland is worth about $100 billion, and given that land often accounts for 80 percent of a farm's assets, that value has served as an economic engine. It provides farmers the collateral they need to buy equipment and grow crops. (08/25/2014)