Julie Siple Feature Archive

A Twin Cities nonprofit has put out its first call of the season for volunteer apple pickers. (07/23/2012)
Hunger relief leaders in the Thief River Falls area are looking for new ways to help those in need, after a food shelf unexpectedly closed. (07/17/2012)
The $500 billion farm bill making its way through Congress concerns those who work with hungry Minnesotans. (07/13/2012)
New data from the Minnesota Department of Education show a growing number of students rely on the federally-funded National School Lunch Program. The numbers have school officials looking for ways to ensure kids are well-fed and able to learn -- even outside school hours. (05/07/2012)
Anoka County will receive an award from the federal government later today for its work signing Minnesotans up for food stamps. (04/10/2012)
A Twin Cities food bank is expanding to accommodate growing need and a greater supply of food. (04/08/2012)
Minnesota prisoners could soon be gardening and supplying food shelves, if a measure passed by the Minnesota legislature becomes law. (04/02/2012)
In rural areas across Minnesota, thousands of residents live in communities without a major grocery store. That can create a real challenge for low-income residents who end up spending more time and money on their food. In Big Stone County, small grocers are helping fill the gap. (04/02/2012)
The unseasonably warm weather has disrupted Minnesota's maple syrup season. Producers make syrup out of sap, which the trees produce only when weather alternates between freezing and thawing. (03/16/2012)
There has been some sunny economic news recently. Nationally, retail sales posted their biggest gain in February since last September. That has some economists asking: Could the warm weather be good for the economy? (03/16/2012)
More than 60 outdoors and environmental groups want lawmakers to raise the state's hunting, fishing, and boating fees. (03/13/2012)
Three-year-old Terrell Mayes was inside his home when he was struck by a stray bullet fired from outside. He died a day later. (03/13/2012)
New numbers from the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors show signs of improvement in the Twin Cities housing market. (03/12/2012)
Federal and state leaders are highlighting the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam in downtown Minneapolis as a crucial barrier for stopping Asian carp's advance up the Mississippi River. (03/12/2012)
Some Minnesota legislators want to make it easier for hunters to donate venison to food shelves. (03/07/2012)