Mark Steil Feature Archive

Minnesota Municipal Power Agency has started construction on a $30 million renewable energy plant in Le Sueur, 50 miles southwest of the Twin Cities. (12/24/2012)
As severe drought continues across most of the state, residential wells are going dry in parts of Minnesota. The southwest region of the state has been especially hard-hit, making residents and officials scramble to find new water sources as underground aquifers shrink. (12/19/2012)
Dakota Indian horseback riders and support teams are gathering in South Dakota on Monday for an annual memorial journey to southern Minnesota. Their ride will end in Mankato on Dec. 26, the 150th anniversary of the largest mass execution in U.S. history. On that day in 1862, 38 Dakota men were hanged from a single gallows platform in downtown Mankato in retribution for the US-Dakota war. (12/10/2012)
This month, Minnesota farmers should receive their survey forms for the five-year agricultural census which informs federal farm policy. (12/03/2012)
A rare clouded leopard will live out its life at an animal rescue center in eastern Minnesota after a financially struggling zoo decided to retire the animal. (11/21/2012)
Shoppers who buy meat produced by Hormel Foods Corp. should expect to see higher prices in the coming year, due to the rising cost of livestock feed. (11/21/2012)
The seeds Minnesota corn and soybean farmers planted last spring paid off with good yields and great profits, as the state's two largest cash crops should generate about $13 billion in revenue. (11/15/2012)
Oxygen levels are up in the Minnesota River, a key indicator that one of the state's dirtiest waterways is getting healthier and that efforts to reduce pollution from wastewater treatment plants are working, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency announced Monday. (11/12/2012)
A walk commemorating events after the 1862 US-Dakota War began Wednesday on the Lower Sioux Community in southwest Minnesota and ends next Tuesday at Fort Snelling. (11/07/2012)
New Ulm-based Associated Milk Producers Incorporated says it will close a plant in southwest Minnesota and lay off 130 employees. (11/06/2012)
Disputes over mining proposals are becoming increasingly common in Minnesota and the outcome often turns on whether a city decides to annex mining land from a nearby township. (11/05/2012)
George McGovern, the small-town South Dakota boy who won his party's nomination for president in 1972, died on Sunday in Sioux Falls, S.D. He was 90. (10/21/2012)
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)