Mark Steil Feature Archive

The Department of Natural Resources says Minnesota's lakes, streams and underground water supplies are recovering rapidly from last year's drought. (06/23/2013)
Minnesota hog farmers have a new disease to worry about, a virulent form of diarrhea that is deadly to young pigs. (06/21/2013)
Colorado-based Gevo is resuming production of the industrial chemical isobutanol from corn at its converted ethanol plant in Luverne. (06/18/2013)
Minnesota's county recorders will hold their annual meeting June 11-14 and plan to discuss the best wording for marriage licenses and applications now that same-sex marriage is legal in the state. (06/09/2013)
A cow in northwest Minnesota has died from anthrax, the first case in Minnesota in five years. Anthrax spores occur naturally in the ground, and recent heavy rains may have brought the anthrax to the surface. (06/09/2013)
Cleanup from April's ice storm is proceeding faster than expected in southwest Minnesota. Crews are still working to take down trees that were too severely damaged to survive. (06/05/2013)
Minnesota farmers are near finishing spring planting, but it's been a struggle. Rain has delayed work in many parts of the state. Farmers in other states face the same problem and grain traders are starting to worry that the harvest may be affected. (06/04/2013)
The sale of one of the nation's largest meatpackers to a Chinese company is being watched closely in a southwest Minnesota community. (05/29/2013)
The U.S. Senate took up the farm bill last week but has yet to take a final vote on the legislation. Funding for food stamps is one area of contention. (05/26/2013)
Minnesota farmers took advantage of good weather last week to plant more than half their corn crop. (05/20/2013)
As the Minnesota Senate debated the same-sex marriage bill Monday, some of our reporters in greater Minnesota asked state residents what they thought of the legislation. (05/13/2013)
After a summer of drought and a winter that seemed endless, Minnesota farmers welcomed some decent planting weather over the past week. Even though planting is now running behind, farmers still believe they will see a good crop. (05/10/2013)
The FBI believes "a terror attack was disrupted" when authorities arrested a man after they converged on a mobile home in western Minnesota that contained Molotov cocktails, suspected pipe bombs and firearms, the agency said Monday. (05/06/2013)
After an ice storm earlier this month caused damages estimated at $26 million, Gov. Mark Dayton is asking for a presidential disaster declaration for a five-county area of southwest Minnesota. (04/26/2013)
Federal disaster officials will be in southwest Minnesota this week to assess damage from a recent ice storm in that part of the state. (04/22/2013)