Mark Steil Feature Archive

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)
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)