Mark Steil Feature Archive

From Marshall to Mountain Lake to Worthington, southwestern Minnesota communities are finding that the hunt for an adequate supply of good water can get expensive. (04/29/2014)
In the last year, the nation's hog population has dropped at least three percent. About a thousand cases of the disease have been found on Minnesota farms. (04/18/2014)
An MPR News investigation shows that several hundred Minnesota farmers are probably pumping groundwater to irrigate their crops without required permits, making it harder for the state to understand and regulate what's happening to a water resource increasingly seen as vulnerable. (04/07/2014)
A meeting in Greenbush, Minn. on Thursday evening will look at possible changes in the state's elk management plan that expires at the end of next year. (03/09/2014)
The cost of oats is going up, and a big reason is because it's difficult getting a rail shipment of oats from Canada. (03/02/2014)
Minnesota's largest rural water system says its facing a "phenomenal" problem with frozen water pipes. (02/27/2014)
The nation's largest agricultural organization, the American Farm Bureau Federation, launched a major effort this month to influence the immigration debate. The group is pushing for a guest worker program to help furnish the labor for California vegetable farms to Midwest dairy operations. (02/23/2014)
Corn farmers in the upper Midwest have seen record profits in the last three years. But those good times appear to be over. The huge harvest last fall caused corn prices to tumble by nearly half from more than $7 bushel. (02/07/2014)
The number of Minnesota hog barns with the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, increased 14 percent over the past week, representing an additional 50 cases confirmed. (02/06/2014)
Other Minnesota schools dealing with budget deficits include Minnesota State University-Moorhead, Winona State, and the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Enrollment shortfalls are a common problem at all the schools. (01/31/2014)
U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, a Democrat who represents Minnesota's 7th District, said it was the most difficult farm bill he's ever worked on. The Senate is expected to pass the farm bill next week, and President Barack Obama has said he'll sign it. (01/29/2014)
University of Minnesota researchers have developed a test that will tell whether a hog has been exposed to the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus and if it can fight off the disease. (01/27/2014)
In the last month, the number of cases of porcine epidemic diarrhea in Minnesota increased by almost two-thirds. The disease has been found in about 300 hog barns across the state. (01/26/2014)
A Minnesota native will find out if she wins another Grammy. (01/26/2014)
The news is a relief for Alejandro Cruz Blanco, Simon Cruz Perez, and for hundreds of supporters in the town of St. James, Minn. who rallied behind them. Cruz Blanco, right, received a kidney transplant four years ago. His doctor described a return to Mexico as "certain death" for him. (01/07/2014)