Mark Steil Feature Archive

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)
State officials say Minnesota's anhydrous ammonia plants are regularly inspected for their handling of the popular farm fertilizer, one of the suspected causes of Wednesday's deadly explosion in West, Texas. (04/18/2013)
State officials have asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency to assess ice storm damage in southwest Minnesota, the first step towards a possible presidential disaster declaration for the region. (04/17/2013)
State and federal officials toured ice storm damage on Saturday in southwestern Minnesota, where government and business representatives estimate it will cost more than $10 million to clean up tree limbs and restore power. (04/13/2013)
Disposing of debris is one of the big issues facing ice-storm-damaged southwest Minnesota. (04/12/2013)
A survey of more than 1,300 crop farms in Minnesota shows they earned record income in 2012. (04/11/2013)
A late winter storm is hitting Worthington, Minnesota and the surrounding area hard with ice and power outages. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio Worthington bureau reporter Mark Steil about the latest. (04/11/2013)
More than 70,000 utility customers in southwest Minnesota and eastern South Dakota were without power over the last 24 hours as freezing rain wreaked havoc with power lines and utility poles. (04/10/2013)
A Twin Cities ethanol company will pay $136,500 in EPA penalties for deficiencies in its plans for handling of hazardous chemicals related to ethanol production. (04/08/2013)
Minnesota grain farmers will respond to rising corn prices by increasing corn planting this year. Farmers here will increase will increase corn acres by 3 percent. Nationally, corn crop is expected to grow by only 1 percent. (03/29/2013)
The U.S. Agriculture Department says Minnesota farmers intend to plant more corn this year than they did in 2012. (03/28/2013)
An ethanol company says it may sell a plant it owns in Fairmont, in southern Minnesota. It's the latest indication of the ethanol industry's financial troubles. (03/27/2013)
A survey of U.S. rivers and streams found more than half have poor living conditions for aquatic species. Streams in the Midwest, including Minnesota, had major problems with phosphorus and nitrogen. (03/26/2013)
The U.S. Agriculture Department will give a preview on Thursday of how many acres of corn and other major crops farmers in Minnesota and elsewhere intend to plant this year. (03/24/2013)
The start of spring means the crop planting season is not far away. While the two-year drought is a worry, there have been signs of hope recently. Increased precipitation has helped boost farmers' outlook for this year's crop. (03/21/2013)