Mark Steil Feature Archive

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)
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)