Mark Steil Feature Archive

A southern Minnesota dairy farmer accused of sickening more than a dozen people with raw milk products has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges. (10/16/2012)
Minnesota pheasant hunters are expected to have a much better season this year than last, but the long term outlook is not so bright. The hunting season starts today. (10/13/2012)
Minnesota's crop season started and ended in drought this year, but in between things weren't too bad for most farmers. Despite the hurt production, the damage to Minnesota's $7 billion corn crop wasn't as serious as in other areas. (10/03/2012)
The Minnesota Department of Health says four more cases of West Nile Virus have been reported in the state this past week. (10/01/2012)
Health officials recorded just one new illness in the last week, compared to about eight a week in the preceding month. (09/26/2012)
The rapid fall in river levels around the state has at least one benefit: Water pollution levels have also declined. (09/25/2012)
An ethanol plant in southern Minnesota will temporarily shut down production because of high corn prices and surplus ethanol supplies. (09/24/2012)
The drought has pushed river levels in some parts of Minnesota to near record lows, forcing the state Department of Natural Resources to suspend water pumping permits for dozens of businesses and other users. (09/24/2012)
The Minnesota Department of Health says another eight cases of the west nile virus have been confirmed in the state. (09/19/2012)
Progress on the Minnesota harvest continues well ahead of normal, aided by dry weather. (09/17/2012)
More water users have been told they must stop pumping from Minnesota rivers because stream levels are too low. (09/14/2012)
Agriculture experts are still measuring the affects of the drought on the farmers, but it's likely that livestock producers will be the hardest hit. (09/13/2012)
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has bumped up Minnesota's corn harvest a bushel an acre in its latest forecast, putting Minnesota at the top among big corn producing states. (09/12/2012)
The ongoing drought is forcing the Department of Natural Resources to restrict water use around Minnesota. (09/11/2012)
The Minnesota Department of Health says officials have confirmed eight more cases of West Nile Virus in the state over the last week. (09/11/2012)