Minnesota Public Radio features by Mark Steil http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=68 en-us Copyright 2018 Minnesota Public Radio Sun, 24 Jun 2018 14:01:23 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Mark Steil http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Freighter freed after running aground in Duluth harbor A 1,004-foot freighter ran aground Sunday afternoon in the Duluth Harbor, coming to rest just offshore from a breakwall in Canal Park. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/06/17/freighter-runs-aground-in-duluth-harbor?refid=0 Sun, 17 Jun 2018 18:20:00 -0500 Fifty-year-old memories haunt Tracy tornado survivors It's been 50 years since the day Tracy, Minn., faced a hellish test, and residents found out just how fragile life can be. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/06/13/fifty-years-later-memories-of-tracy-minnesota-tornado-haunt-survivors?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jun 2018 04:00:00 -0500 Trade war with Mexico stokes fear among Minnesota pig farmers If the pork tariff reduces U.S. sales to Mexico farmers fear it could set in motion a series of events that will damage their economic future. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/06/07/trade-war-with-mexico-could-be-disastrous-for-pork-farmers?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jun 2018 04:00:00 -0500 State authority over internet service is challenged Minnesota telecommunications companies say the state is going too far in attempting to regulate internet service. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/21/state-authority-over-internet-service-is-challenged?refid=0 Mon, 21 May 2018 04:00:00 -0500 Mystery benefactor returns sacred pipe tied to U.S.-Dakota war A sacred pipe linked to the 1862 conflict and sold at auction Saturday under tribal protest has been returned to its native home by the person who paid $40,000 for it, the Prairie Island tribal council president said Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/07/sacred-pipe-tied-to-us-dakota-war-sold-for-nearly-40000-dollars?refid=0 Mon, 07 May 2018 14:56:38 -0500 Farmers plant seeds of uncertainty A wet, cold spring isn't the only concern for Minnesota farmers. Other problems include trade disputes, a new farm bill and low commodity prices. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/07/farmers-plant-seeds-of-uncertainty-among-cold-weather-low-prices-new-farm-bill?refid=0 Mon, 07 May 2018 04:00:00 -0500 Sacred pipe tied to U.S.-Dakota War to go to auction in Boston A Minnesota Native American tribe is working to halt the scheduled auction of a sacred pipe tied to the largest mass execution in U.S. history. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/01/sacred-pipe-tied-to-us-dakota-war-to-go-to-auction-in-boston?refid=0 Tue, 01 May 2018 18:20:17 -0500 New biodiesel mandate takes effect in Minnesota this week Starting May 1, the fuel most used by truckers, No. 2 diesel, must contain at least 20 percent biodiesel — double the current requirement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/29/new-biodiesel-mandate-takes-effect-in-minnesota-this-week?refid=0 Sun, 29 Apr 2018 15:00:00 -0500 Pipeline to 'nowhere' no more: water project nears Worthington The Lewis and Clark project in southwestern Minnesota will be completed this fall after nearly 30 years of waiting, bringing the city some much-needed water security. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/23/lewis-and-clark-water-project-turns-into-30year-expedition-for-southwest-minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 23 Apr 2018 04:00:00 -0500 Weather pushes farmers' buttons, but not the panic one A wet, cold spring has stopped field work in the state, but there's still time for a good crop season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/13/winter-weather-pushes-farmers-buttons-but-not-the-panic-one?refid=0 Fri, 13 Apr 2018 15:54:36 -0500 Soybean farmers brace for China tariffs in retaliation for U.S. moves Soybeans are now part of an escalating trade standoff between the world's two largest economies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/04/soybean-farmers-brace-for-china-tariffs-in-retaliation-for-us-moves?refid=0 Wed, 04 Apr 2018 17:12:30 -0500 Running on empty? As Minnesota ages, need for volunteer drivers grows Volunteer drivers play a crucial role in helping Minnesotans who can't drive themselves get to where they need to be. And with a rapidly aging population, the need will likely grow in the years ahead. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/30/running-on-empty-as-minnesotans-age-need-for-volunteer-drivers-grows?refid=0 Fri, 30 Mar 2018 04:00:00 -0500 Minnesota ag has much to lose in U.S.-China trade spat Fears over a possible trade war with China moved much closer to reality this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/23/minnesota-agriculture-has-much-to-lose-in-trump-us-china-trade-spat?refid=0 Fri, 23 Mar 2018 16:37:20 -0500 Minnesota's population grows, but not everywhere The latest census figures show Minnesota's population increased by about one percent, but some rural counties had sharp drops. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/22/state-population-grows?refid=0 Thu, 22 Mar 2018 15:06:57 -0500 MnDOT: FIGG-designed bridges in the state are in good condition The Minnesota Department of Transportation said the bridges in the state designed by FIGG Bridge Group, the company that designed a Florida pedestrian bridge that collapsed last week, are in good condition. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/19/figg-designed-bridges-are-in-good-condition-mndot-says-following-florida-collapse?refid=0 Mon, 19 Mar 2018 17:25:52 -0500 Should crop insurance program help preserve family farms? A Land Stewardship Project study says crop insurance needs changes to help preserve what's left of the nation's family farm tradition. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/12/should-crop-insurance-help-preserve-family-farms?refid=0 Mon, 12 Mar 2018 19:05:53 -0500 Mark your calendar: Tuesday is Minnesota Township Day All of Minnesota's nearly 1,800 townships will hold their annual meetings Tuesday in a grassroots display of democracy. Some of those townships will also hold elections Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/12/township-day-in-minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 12 Mar 2018 04:00:00 -0500 Minn. moves to reduce nitrates in groundwater; environmental groups wonder, wait By creating a system of voluntary and mandatory measures on farmland and in public water supplies, the state hopes to safeguard and improve water quality across the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/07/mn-moves-to-eliminate-nitrates-in-groundwater-environmentalists-wait-wonder?refid=0 Wed, 07 Mar 2018 04:00:00 -0600 Wind projects bring opposition, opportunity to south-central Minn. The Huntley-Wilmarth line is one of two major wind projects in the planning stages in Faribault County. But opposition to the projects have made it unclear if either will be built. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/05/wind-projects-bring-opportunity-opposition-to-minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 05 Mar 2018 16:01:22 -0600 Flags at half-staff in remembrance of Minnesota pilot, Medal of Honor recipient Flags will be at half-staff at state and federal buildings on Wednesday as a birthday remembrance of the Medal of Honor pilot, Major Leo Thorsness. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/14/flags-at-half-staff-in-remembrance-of-leo-thorsness-medal-of-honor?refid=0 Wed, 14 Feb 2018 04:00:00 -0600 Wireless internet to the rescue? New tech could help close connectivity gap Google stunned the internet world in 2016 by investing in wireless internet technology and scaling back on its plans to connect customers with fiber optic lines. Wireless advocates say Minnesota should do the same. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/12/new-technology-could-help-close-connectivity-gap?refid=0 Mon, 12 Feb 2018 04:00:00 -0600 Farmers struggling with low milk prices find little help from safety net Dairy farmers have been scraping by these last few years with milk prices in 2018 nearing a two-year low, and a protection program for dairy farmers has been a failure, some say. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/18/farmers-struggling-against-low-milk-prices-find-little-help?refid=0 Thu, 18 Jan 2018 04:00:00 -0600 How to raise money in a Mpls. suburb? Brothers try a giant snow lobster In New Brighton, the Bartz brothers and two friends have created a 19-foot-tall lobster that they're using to raise money for a charity group. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/17/new-brighton-snow-lobster-sculpture?refid=0 Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:01:57 -0600 Study: Leasing private Appleton prison would be costly Along with the upfront cost of renovating the closed private prison in western Minnesota, the costs to operate it would be significantly higher than leasing space in county jails, according to a new report. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/16/study-leasing-private-appleton-prison-would-be-costly?refid=0 Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:09:00 -0600 Minnesota farmers fear exit from NAFTA could cost them millions Minnesota farmers are following the NAFTA negotiations with one eye on their pocketbooks. While some say they agree NAFTA needs a retooling, they're hoping the negotiations mostly leave agricultural exports alone. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/12/22/farmers-feat-trump-nafta-talks-could-cost-them-millions?refid=0 Fri, 22 Dec 2017 04:00:00 -0600 Mayo blocks striking union workers from returning to work A couple dozen workers were turned away from Mayo Clinic's Albert Lea facility on Tuesday following a one-day strike over stalled contract negotiations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/12/20/mayo-blocks-striking-union-workers-from-returning-to-work?refid=0 Wed, 20 Dec 2017 15:46:43 -0600 Workers go on one-day strike outside Mayo Clinic facility in Albert Lea Mayo hired replacement workers for the strikers under a one-week contract. So most union members will not be able to return to work until Dec. 26. The union calls that a lockout. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/12/19/union-workers-go-on-one-day-strike-outside-mayo-clinic-facility-albert-lea?refid=0 Tue, 19 Dec 2017 15:50:37 -0600 Dangers of the season: thin ice, carbon monoxide Recent deaths from carbon monoxide and thin ice are a reminder that wintertime hazards in Minnesota take lives every year, and that many are preventable. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/12/18/thin-ice-carbon-monixde-dangerous-minnesota-season?refid=0 Mon, 18 Dec 2017 18:01:28 -0600 Minnesota puts new restrictions on controversial herbicide The state is trying to prevent damage from dicamba, which can drift to neighboring fields and damage soybean crops. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/12/12/minnesota-puts-new-restrictions-on-controversial-herbicide?refid=0 Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:52:09 -0600 South Dakota dairy plan worries Lake Hendricks, Minn. Straddling the Minnesota-South Dakota border, Lake Hendricks is a fishing and boating destination. Some residents, however, say plans for a 4,000-cow dairy farm on the South Dakota side may wreck the lake. A key court hearing comes in January. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/11/29/south-dakota-dairy-plan-worries-lake-hendricks-minn?refid=0 Wed, 29 Nov 2017 04:00:00 -0600 Minn. farmers' harvest hit hard by drifting weed killer The controversial weed killer, dicamba, has cost Minnesota farmers millions of dollars this season. For many, there's no way to get compensated for their loss. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/11/13/minn-farmers-harvest-hit-hard-by-drifting-weed-killer?refid=0 Mon, 13 Nov 2017 12:20:50 -0600 Objecting all the way, most farmers meet buffer deadline Ever since the buffer law passed two years ago farmers have been busy mainly on two fronts; arguing about the legislation's value, and installing the grassy strips next to lakes and streams. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/10/30/most-farmers-meet-buffer-deadline?refid=0 Mon, 30 Oct 2017 04:00:00 -0500 EPA OKs new curbs on controversial weed killer Farmers using dicamba next summer on their soybean fields will face new restrictions, the EPA says. One of the biggest changes: only trained workers can apply the herbicide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/10/16/epa-oks-new-curbs-on-controversial-weed-killer?refid=0 Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:44:01 -0500 Minnesotans expected to pay more to stay warm this winter A federal estimate says most Minnesota households will pay more to heat their homes with natural gas this winter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/10/13/minnesotans-expected-to-pay-more-to-stay-warm-this-winter?refid=0 Fri, 13 Oct 2017 17:10:34 -0500 Why are Minnesota pheasant numbers down? Ask Washington With hunting season set to open Saturday, there are efforts underway to increase pheasant numbers. But a lot depends on what happens in Congress. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/10/13/why-are-minnesota-pheasant-numbers-down-ask-washington?refid=0 Fri, 13 Oct 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Most Minn. farms will meet buffer deadline for protecting water With a Nov. 1 deadline approaching, most Minnesota farmers have complied with the initial phase of the state buffer law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/10/05/most-minnesota-farms-will-meet-buffer-deadline?refid=0 Thu, 05 Oct 2017 16:51:19 -0500 Walz's House seat won't be easy for DFLers to keep The wide-open race to replace DFL U.S. House Rep. Tim Walz features eight Democrats and only one Republican, so far. But the shifting political landscape in southern Minnesota favors the GOP, and voters are restless. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/09/29/walz-minnesota-congress-race-democrat-challenge?refid=0 Fri, 29 Sep 2017 14:46:33 -0500 Garden bounty a windfall for Minnesota food shelves Food shelves are putting a lot of effort into bringing in more donated fresh produce, and it's paying off. In southwestern Minnesota, gardeners like Dennis Stelter, 83, are delivering in a big way. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/09/18/garden-bounty-a-windfall-for-minnesota-food-shelves?refid=0 Mon, 18 Sep 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Harvey's wrath extends all the way to Minnesota Whether left stranded, worried about family members living in its path or working on relief efforts, Minnesotans have been wrapped up in the deadly storm's aftermath. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/08/31/harvey-wrath-extends-all-the-way-to-minnesota-?refid=0 Thu, 31 Aug 2017 04:00:00 -0500 28 Minnesotans in Texas for Red Cross' hurricane aid In addition to the Minnesota volunteers, more than 50 people from Wisconsin, about 30 Iowans and 19 people from North and South Dakota have traveled south to assist the recovery effort. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/08/29/midwest-minnesota-hurricane-relief?refid=0 Tue, 29 Aug 2017 17:06:21 -0500 Cooler temps have meant fewer West Nile cases Minnesota has seen nine cases of mosquito-borne West Nile virus so far this summer, fewer than last year, when there were more than a dozen cases by this time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/08/26/cooler-temps-have-meant-fewer-west-nile-cases?refid=0 Sat, 26 Aug 2017 12:02:25 -0500 Anti-Muslim acts appear to be increasing in Minnesota The latest incidents are a death threat against a congressional candidate, and anti-Muslim taunts with a pig's foot in Willmar. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/08/16/antimuslim-acts-appear-to-be-increasing-in-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:53:12 -0500 Mankato to Dayton: Do better on water quality The southern Minnesota city wants more help for farmers to reduce runoff, but the state says its hands are tied. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/08/16/mankato-farm-runoff-water-pollution?refid=0 Wed, 16 Aug 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Wind power growing in Minnesota, and around U.S. New data from the U.S. Energy Department shows Minnesota wind energy capacity increased about 9 percent last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/08/08/wind-power-growing-in-minnesota-and-around-us?refid=0 Tue, 08 Aug 2017 16:56:45 -0500 Minnesota doubles biofuel mandate for diesel Minnesota officials have announced a doubling of the mandate for bio-based diesel fuel sold at the pump during summer months. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/08/03/minnesota-doubles-biofuel-mandate-for-diesel?refid=0 Thu, 03 Aug 2017 16:07:23 -0500 Mankato focuses on aquifer's health as water worries grow More than 1 million Minnesotans depend on the Mt. Simon aquifer for drinking water. While there's no danger of it going dry, officials worry the pressures on this precious resource are intensifying. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/07/20/minnesota-underground-drinking-water-stable-but-threats-remain?refid=0 Fri, 21 Jul 2017 04:00:00 -0500 State investigating Monsanto weed killer after farmers' complaints Minnesota farmers have joined hundreds in the southern U.S. who allege that the weed killer dicamba is drifting, hurting non-resistant fields. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/07/20/state-investigating-monsanto-weed-killer-after-farmers-complaints?refid=0 Thu, 20 Jul 2017 04:00:00 -0500 This homely, endangered butterfly is a beautiful sight to a breeder The Dakota skipper mysteriously vanished from most of Minnesota about 10 years ago, but a breeding program has brought it back to the southwestern prairie. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/06/29/dakota-skipper-homely-butterfly-is-beautiful-sight-to-breeder?refid=0 Thu, 29 Jun 2017 08:39:08 -0500 Is your well water poisoning you? Better test it Homeowners' private drinking water wells are largely exempt from the tight regulation governing municipal water systems. State health officials are concerned dangerous contaminants in well water are going undetected. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/06/14/is-your-well-water-poisoning-you-better-test?refid=0 Wed, 14 Jun 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Storied Worthington newspaper cuts back to twice weekly Today's Worthington Daily Globe is the last daily edition from the southwest Minnesota prairie's paper. Amid continuing financial struggles for newspapers, the Globe is cutting its print publication to twice a week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/31/storied-worthington-newspaper-cuts-back-to-twice-weekly?refid=0 Wed, 31 May 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Early spring brings out ticks ahead of schedule Minnesota averages more than 1,500 cases of tick borne diseases each year, and infections are on the rise. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/18/early-spring-brings-out-ticks-ahead-of-schedule?refid=0 Thu, 18 May 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Charges: Cop shocked wife, 6 others with Taser at Christmas party After several relatives said they wanted to know what it felt like to be shocked by a Taser, Worthington officer Joshua McCuen allegedly obliged. He faces a gross misdemeanor charge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/15/worthington-cop-taser-charges?refid=0 Mon, 15 May 2017 14:26:44 -0500 DNR mulls fate of celebrated author's Minnesota prairie home Novelist Frederick Manfred found inspiration in the landscape around the home he built within southwestern Minnesota's Blue Mounds State Park. But the house, now the park's visitor center, is crumbling and may face demolition. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/11/dnr-mulls-fate-manfred-prairie-home-minn-blue-mounds?refid=0 Thu, 11 May 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Iowa farmers won water pollution court fight; water still polluted The Des Moines Water Works went to court to force farmers to pay the costs of cleaning the city's drinking water. A federal judge recently tossed the case but left a vital question unanswered. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/25/ag-wins-water-runoff-fight-pollution-question-lingers?refid=0 Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 -0500 Minnesota farmers optimistic, realistic as spring planting nears The state's growers face their fourth straight year of low grain prices as they get ready for spring planting. It's forced some out of business. But most are surviving and looking ahead despite the cloudy future. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/13/minnesota-grain-farmers-optimistic-realistic-spring?refid=0 Thu, 13 Apr 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Rural Minn. has much to lose in Trump's budget plan Trump's proposed budget cuts a wide range of federal funding sources, including a water and sewer program that provided more than $200 million to greater Minnesota communities over the last five years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/03/rural-mn-has-much-to-lose-under-trump-budget?refid=0 Mon, 03 Apr 2017 09:25:21 -0500 2016 a mixed financial bag for Minnesota farmers, ranchers Minnesota farm income rose by about a third last year but many producers are still struggling with low grain and livestock prices, according to a new report. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/28/minnesota-farmers-livestock-grain-mixed-2016-finances?refid=0 Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:28:08 -0500 Minn. declares 18 counties have found places for all homeless veterans to live It's part of a of an effort to end veteran homelessness throughout Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/21/homeless-veterans-housed-sw-minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 21 Mar 2017 18:40:11 -0500 In Minnesota, unauthorized immigrants wait and worry Up to 100,000 people in the state lack official status. Among that group there is a rising fear of deportation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/16/minnesota-unauthorized-immigrants-wait-worry-ice-deportation-arrest?refid=0 Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:01:16 -0500 Bird flu outbreaks elsewhere put Minnesota farm country on edge Bird flu cases discovered this past week in Tennessee and Wisconsin have prompted a new wave of anxiety for turkey and chicken growers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/08/bird-flu-outbreaks-elsewhere-worry-minnesota-farmers?refid=0 Thu, 09 Mar 2017 04:00:00 -0600 Friendly crowd at Walz town hall; lots of questions about Trump The congressman faced a mostly friendly crowd at his town hall meeting in Worthington. There was a lot of interest in President Trump, including his allegation that his phones were tapped and his recent immigration policies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/04/friendly-crowd-at-walz-town-hall-lots-of-questions-about-trump?refid=0 Sat, 04 Mar 2017 20:26:03 -0600 Mostly minority, mostly for Trump: Worthington mulls its future Worthington, Minn., went solidly for Donald Trump in the presidential election. That doesn't seem to square up with the town's need for immigrant workers and its increasingly diverse population. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/27/worthington-minn-minority-trump-future?refid=0 Mon, 27 Feb 2017 04:00:00 -0600 Mediation program can save struggling farmers Low commodity prices are causing lots of financial pain on Minnesota farms. That means mediation can be crucial as farmers face the possibility as the current agricultural downturn shows no signs of ending. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/15/mediation-program-can-save-struggling-farmers?refid=0 Wed, 15 Feb 2017 07:18:27 -0600 Trump's rural Minnesota backers OK with immigration ban While critics continue to blast the president for his executive order placing restrictions on immigration, many of his supporters in greater Minnesota generally agree with the president's move. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/30/trump-rural-minnesota-backers-applaud-immigration-ban?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jan 2017 17:13:49 -0600 Mexican border tax could throttle Minnesota farmers Trump's proposed tax on Mexican imports has Minnesota businesses concerned with a possible trade war, and farmers especially have a lot at stake. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/30/mexican-border-tax-could-throttle-minnesota-farmers?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jan 2017 08:08:00 -0600 Free of bird flu for now, Minnesota keeps wary eye on global outbreaks Minnesota poultry farmers have so far avoided a repeat of the 2015 flu epidemic that decimated local flocks. But its spread in Europe and Asia is making producers and scientists nervous. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/27/avian-flu-outbreaks-worry-minnesota-farmers-scientists?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jan 2017 04:00:00 -0600 Minn. farmers, business leaders lament Pacific trade deal's demise President Donald Trump on Monday officially ended U.S. participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Many Minnesota businesses saw the proposed deal as a way to boost exports to Asian markets. Other groups, though, applauded Trump's move. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/23/minnesota-farmers-execs-lament-pacific-trade-deal-demise?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jan 2017 17:29:55 -0600 Minnesota farmers say Dayton plan to curb runoff is laced with problems Gov. Mark Dayton sees the state law requiring 50-foot grassy buffer strips along most Minnesota water bodies as part of his environmental legacy. Farmers call it too costly and unworkable. Minnesota's senior U.S. House member agrees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/13/minnesota-farmers-say-dayton-pollution-runoff-plan-too-costly?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:13:42 -0600 Company scrutinized in probe of fatal Sioux Falls building collapse Hultgren Construction may have performed work on an old bar beyond the scope of its permit before the building collapsed earlier this month, killing a father of two. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/23/company-scrutinized-in-probe-of-fatal-sioux-falls-building-collapse?refid=0 Fri, 23 Dec 2016 15:15:20 -0600 Minn. farmers ready for new curbs on livestock antibiotics A Jan. 1 federal rule change means farmers will need a veterinarian's OK to give their animals antibiotics. Minnesota farmers, though, say they've been pulling back on antibiotics for years in response to consumers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/16/mn-farmers-ready-new-curbs-livestock-antibiotics?refid=0 Fri, 16 Dec 2016 04:00:00 -0600 Minn. farmers, dependent on exports, keep close watch on Trump's trade policy Farm exports are one of the few bright spots for the mostly struggling farm sector. But President-elect Donald Trump's railing against trade has farmers wondering what's ahead. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/05/farmers-watch-trump-trade-policy?refid=0 Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:50:31 -0600 Minnesota-based Gold'n Plump sold to Pilgrim's Pride Pilgrim's Pride will pay about $350 million for St. Cloud-based GNP Company, which includes the Gold'n Plump and Just BARE labels. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/29/minnesota-based-goldn-plump-sold-to-pilgrims-pride?refid=0 Tue, 29 Nov 2016 12:03:32 -0600 Deer hunters find missing 12-year-old girl alive Police in St. Peter say deer hunters found a missing 12-year-old girl alive Saturday afternoon in the Minnesota River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/12/deer-hunters-find-missing-girl?refid=0 Sat, 12 Nov 2016 19:06:26 -0600 Crews set massive overnight fire to burn off hazmat near Ellendale Emergency crews determined that a "vent and burn" procedure was their only option to safely dispose of propane and butane in derailed tank cars near Ellendale. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/12/crews-set-massive-overnight-fire-to-burn-ellensdale-hazmat?refid=0 Sat, 12 Nov 2016 12:40:50 -0600 Post-election dispatches from across a divided Minnesota Hillary Clinton may have snagged Minnesota's 10 electoral votes, but only by a narrow margin. The only pockets of blue showed up in the Arrowhead region, Minneapolis, St. Paul and Rochester. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/09/rural-minnesota-reactions-trump-win?refid=0 Wed, 09 Nov 2016 16:51:39 -0600 Heavy rains left southern MN rivers polluted. How can we fix that? Late September rain storms pushed millions of pounds of dirt into southern Minnesota rivers, but experts don't exactly agree on the cause or a solution. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/07/heavy-rains-left-southern-mn-rivers-polluted-how-can-we-fix-that?refid=0 Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:00:00 -0600 Glen Taylor sees green in 'war on big food' Billionaire Glen Taylor sees an opportunity in addressing changing consumers tastes by selling pork that can be traced to the farm where it was raised. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/17/glen-taylor-prime-pork-windom?refid=0 Mon, 17 Oct 2016 04:00:00 -0500 MN Corn Growers Association pledges to help environment The Minnesota Corn Growers Association is pledging new efforts to make the state's corn farmers the country's "most sustainable and environmentally responsible." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/13/corn-growers-environmental-pledge?refid=0 Thu, 13 Oct 2016 17:30:59 -0500 Southern Minn. struggles to clean up, dry out from historic rains Stories of flooded homes and damaged property were too easy to find Thursday across central and southern Minnesota. Heavy rain saturated the region. The rains have ebbed but downstream flooding remains a worry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/22/southern-minnesota-rain-flooding-cleanup-waseca?refid=0 Thu, 22 Sep 2016 17:38:19 -0500 Agribusiness hopes shrimp is Minnesota's newest crop A southwest Minnesota agribusiness sees an opportunity to satisfy American consumers' craving for shrimp by growing the critters on the prairie, in basins filled with salty water. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/20/shrimp-farming-business-grows-minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 20 Sep 2016 16:10:27 -0500 State health officials to review Roundup as possible carcinogen After an international cancer group declared the main ingredient of the herbicide Roundup is "probably carcinogenic to humans," Minnesota health officials will study the question. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/08/state-health-officials-to-review-roundup-as-possible-carcinogen?refid=0 Thu, 08 Sep 2016 17:50:26 -0500 MN Supreme Court ruling shifts school expulsion policy The recent court decision will likely require Minnesota school leaders to judge intent when disciplining students caught with weapons that aren't firearms. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/06/mn-supreme-court-ruling-shifts-school-expulsion-policy?refid=0 Tue, 06 Sep 2016 04:00:00 -0500 As Iowans clean up devastating flood, costs rising quickly Homes flooded across northeast Iowa following heavy rain earlier this week. One person was killed in a flash flood, and cleanup costs are adding up fast. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/25/northeast-iowa-flood-cleanup?refid=0 Thu, 25 Aug 2016 18:12:11 -0500 Northeast Iowa reeling from 'life-threatening' flooding The region experienced "major flooding" after more than 8 inches of rain fell as a series of thunderstorms moved through the area, said Winneshiek County Sheriff Dan Marx. Basements in hundreds of homes in the county were flooded. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/24/northeast-iowa-flooding?refid=0 Wed, 24 Aug 2016 08:59:34 -0500 Low prices force some farms to their knees financially Milk, like corn and soybeans, has been fetching less money than it costs to produce for most of the last two years. And the USDA forecast a record grain harvest this year, suggesting there's no end in sight to ongoing financial pain for farmers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/12/low-prices-force-farms-to-their-knees-financially?refid=0 Fri, 12 Aug 2016 15:15:06 -0500 In Willmar, torrential rains flood roads and basements Rainfall that measured over a foot in some places flooded roads and basements and caved in some walls. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/11/willmar-torrential-rains-flood-roads-basements?refid=0 Thu, 11 Aug 2016 14:27:38 -0500 Low grain prices hammer Cargill's earnings Cargill's earnings fell 15 percent to about $1.6 billion in the fiscal year that ended last May. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/10/cargill-earnings-hurt-grain-prices?refid=0 Wed, 10 Aug 2016 17:54:57 -0500 High heat and drenching rains kill Mississippi fish DNR biologists from Minnesota and Wisconsin say heat and rain reduced oxygen levels to fatal levels. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/05/high-heat-drenching-rains-kill-mississippi-fish?refid=0 Fri, 05 Aug 2016 12:47:27 -0500 At Farmfest, atypical uncertainty on presidential race Farmers tend to vote Republican, but those at this year's Farmfest in southwest Minnesota were unusually undecided and reticent about the presidential candidates. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/03/farmfest-rural-minnesota-farmers-undecided-presidential-election?refid=0 Wed, 03 Aug 2016 14:34:13 -0500 Minnesota woman shot in head; vehicle riddled with bullet holes A weekend shooting left a woman from Luverne, Minn., with life-threatening injuries and her vehicle riddled with bullet holes. No weapon has been found. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/01/sioux-falls-minnesota-woman-shot?refid=0 Mon, 01 Aug 2016 13:08:50 -0500 Sweet corn for dinner? Minnesota harvest season arrives Corn on the cob is a staple of summer eating, but the sweet corn harvest is about more than roadside stands. It's a huge Minnesota industry. Early reports point to a very good crop. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/01/minnesota-sweet-corn-harvest-season-arrives?refid=0 Mon, 01 Aug 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Feeling sweaty, Minnesota? Blame the corn Prairies once kept the region comfy in hot weather. But when cropland replaced prairies, the change jacked up the humidity. Why? Turns out that corn, soybeans and other crops sweat. A lot. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/22/feeling-sweaty-minnesota-blame-corn-crops?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jul 2016 17:00:00 -0500 Summer of 1936 brought heat and grief   In the drought-stricken '30s, dust storms would block out the sun and cities struggled to find enough water for their residents. But when the calendar flipped to July 1936, it got worse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/10/summer-1936-brought-heat-and-grief?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jul 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Some crops suffering, but most are in fine shape across state Some Minnesota farmers have had tough weather to cope with this year as they tried to get a crop in the ground. But overall, most farm fields are in good condition. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/27/crop-report?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jun 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Minnesota health officials warn about handling chicks, young poultry The Minnesota Department of Health has issued a warning about handling baby chicks or other young poultry after tracing nine recent cases of salmonella to people touching young birds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/20/health-department-minnesota-sickness-handling-young-poultry?refid=0 Mon, 20 Jun 2016 16:44:06 -0500 Bird flu gone for a year, but mystery remains Minnesota has been free of bird flu for a year. The virus cost the state economy an estimated $650 million. Poultry producers are recovering from the outbreak, but exactly how the disease spread remains a mystery. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/03/bird-flu-anniversary?refid=0 Mon, 06 Jun 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Madelia finds a path out of the fire A February explosion and fire tore through downtown Madelia, searing the lives of many families. This spring, though, there is new construction, and hope. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/20/madelia-minnesota-recovering-after-downtown-fire?refid=0 Fri, 20 May 2016 10:00:00 -0500 Saving Minnesota's polluted lakes takes science, political will The green scum that spreads across Minnesota's contaminated lakes each summer is the legacy of decades of pollution from cities and farms. Those lakes can be rescued, but it requires cooperation and compromise. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/20/water-saving-lakes-pollution-with-science-politics?refid=0 Fri, 20 May 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Trouble in the Water Minnesota's identity is closely linked with the state's beautiful and abundant water resources. But some 40 percent of surface waters in the Land of 10,000 Lakes are polluted. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/16/trouble-in-the-water?refid=0 Mon, 16 May 2016 00:00:00 -0500 Controversial solar farm near Marshall gets OK to start construction Several families near the site oppose the project, saying it would ruin their rural lifestyle and lower property values. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/31/controversial-marshall-solar-farm-approved?refid=0 Thu, 31 Mar 2016 16:35:38 -0500 Walkers along Minnesota River highlight need for clean water A group of activists is walking the length of the Minnesota River this week, hoping to add a spiritual motivation to improve the waterway. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/30/minnesota-river-pollution-activists-walk-spirituality?refid=0 Wed, 30 Mar 2016 07:00:00 -0500 Feds' financial safety net may not catch some Minnesota farmers If corn prices stay as low as estimates suggest this season, some Minnesota corn farmers may find they signed up for the wrong federal farm subsidy program. That may cost them dearly. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/22/feds-safety-net-may-not-catch-some-mn-farmers?refid=0 Tue, 22 Mar 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Invasive bighead carp discovered in Minnesota River The 25-pound male fish, caught near New Ulm, is the first bighead carp found in the Minnesota River. Officials, though, say it doesn't mean the destructive creature is reproducing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/24/invasive-bighead-carp-found-in-minnesota-river?refid=0 Wed, 24 Feb 2016 13:37:13 -0600 Red Wing Stoneware, collectors settle suit The company's lawsuit against the collectors who run a pottery museum had alleged trademark infringement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/23/red-wing-stoneware-collectors-lawsuit-settlement?refid=0 Tue, 23 Feb 2016 17:16:00 -0600 Minnesota cropland values slip as grain prices fall Minnesota farmland prices fell 5.5 percent during the first nine months of 2015, according to a University of Minnesota analysis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/22/minnesota-cropland-values-slip-grain-prices-fall?refid=0 Mon, 22 Feb 2016 14:53:57 -0600 Minnesota farmers find going organic no easy task Americans' rapidly growing appetite for organic food is changing the entire U.S. food chain. Many farmers are trying to adapt, but not everybody makes it to that organic future. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/22/minnesota-farmers-find-going-organic-not-easy?refid=0 Mon, 22 Feb 2016 04:00:00 -0600 Blast, fire leave Madelia and its people devastated With six or more businesses destroyed, the town will feel the effects of Wednesday's disaster for years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/04/madelia-fire-devastation?refid=0 Thu, 04 Feb 2016 16:50:24 -0600 SW Minnesota solar farm plan feels opponents' heat Solar power is increasingly popular in Minnesota, but not everyone is welcoming the alternative energy. Residents near a planned massive solar farm near Marshall will ask state regulators Thursday to block it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/03/opponents-want-minnesota-solar-farm-plan-stopped?refid=0 Wed, 03 Feb 2016 17:41:22 -0600 As crop prices fall, MN farmers may roll more land into conservation Major grain prices are so low many farmers will lose money trying to put a crop in the ground. That's rekindling farmer interest in enrolling land in the federal Conservation Reserve Program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/26/minnesota-farmers-mull-idling-cropland-as-prices-fall?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jan 2016 04:00:00 -0600 For MN farmers, record-busting 2015 harvest was too much of a good thing Nearly perfect weather produced so much grain that prices are taking a beating. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/12/minnesota-harvest-2015-numbers?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jan 2016 18:32:45 -0600 How one Minnesota chicken producer kept the bird flu out As avian flu swept across Minnesota this spring, Gold'n Plump managed to keep every one of its hundreds of central Minnesota chicken barns virus-free. Now, poultry producers nationally are taking notice. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/18/goldn-plump-keeps-avian-flu-out?refid=0 Fri, 18 Dec 2015 15:14:02 -0600 Environment group pans MN water-quality program The Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy said a program to improve farm runoff is ineffective in removing nitrates, in part because it's voluntary. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/11/critics-minnesota-water-quality-program?refid=0 Fri, 11 Dec 2015 04:00:00 -0600 Coleman, mayors address Mississippi River issues at Paris climate talks Members of the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative traveled to the U.N. Conference on Climate Change in France to learn how other river communities are addressing the challenges of water quality and climate change. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/09/coleman-mayors-mississippi-climate-talks?refid=0 Wed, 09 Dec 2015 04:00:00 -0600 For farmers, great harvests can bring on hard times Record crops are causing prices to drop. Most farm sectors are struggling to make money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/30/record-crops?refid=0 Mon, 30 Nov 2015 04:00:00 -0600 Hormel beats 4Q profit forecasts The Austin, Minn.-based company had another strong quarter despite continuing difficulties from avian influenza. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/24/hormel-foods?refid=0 Tue, 24 Nov 2015 12:35:58 -0600 Appleton sees jobs, state sees problems reopening private prison Appleton hopes to convince the state to lease space in the closed prison, arguing it would bring jobs and help reduce prison overcrowding. State officials, however, don't like the idea of for-profit prisons. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/10/appleton-prison?refid=0 Tue, 10 Nov 2015 15:27:10 -0600 Police search for suspects in Winona shooting Witnesses say the suspects demanded money before shooting and killing the victim. Police do not believe the shooting was random. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/19/winona-shooting?refid=0 Mon, 19 Oct 2015 15:23:15 -0500 Divisions deep over feds' back-up plan to kill birds if avian flu returns If avian flu returns to Minnesota, there's no doubt infected poultry flocks would have to be killed. But new federal rules on how to kill them has ignited a controversy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/17/divisions-deep-over-federal-backup-plan-to-mass-kill-bird-if-avian-flu-returns?refid=0 Mon, 19 Oct 2015 06:00:00 -0500 300 jobs lost as SW Minnesota beef plant closes PM Beef says it's looking to sell its Windom, Minn., plant and hopes to find a buyer that will resume operations there. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/13/pm-beef?refid=0 Tue, 13 Oct 2015 14:59:18 -0500 Turkey farmers brace for possible return of bird flu Researchers still don't have a solid answer for how the virus spread to more than 100 Minnesota farms last spring, clobbering the state's turkey and chicken industries with more than $600 million in losses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/22/turkey-farms-avian-flu?refid=0 Tue, 22 Sep 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Good news: Record crops. Bad news: Low prices for farmers Minnesota farmers expect a record harvest this fall, but it may be mostly a money loser. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/13/good-news-record-crops--bad-news-low-prices-for-farmers?refid=0 Sun, 13 Sep 2015 16:35:02 -0500 Farmers, feedlots chafe at consumer demands for change Rapidly shifting consumer preferences are helping produce huge changes in the food business. That's causing visible fractures within Minnesota agriculture. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/10/farm-debate?refid=0 Mon, 10 Aug 2015 16:59:51 -0500 Bird flu quarantine lifted in hard-hit Kandiyohi County The decision means farmers in the western Minnesota county with flocks unaffected by the virus will be able to move poultry on and off their land without restrictions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/23/bird-flu-quarantine-lifted-in-kandiyohi-county?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jul 2015 15:08:08 -0500 Estimated toll of bird flu approaching $650 million Minnesota farmers have lost more than 9 million chickens and turkeys to avian flu. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/16/avian-flu-toll?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jul 2015 16:56:54 -0500 State's corn crop looks good; prices don't Even with near-ideal conditions in some places, Minnesota farmers might struggle to harvest a profit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/13/corn-crop-progress?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jul 2015 11:30:00 -0500 Across Minnesota, tough times for Big Food Minnesota's multi-billion-dollar food industry is trying to cope with major shifts in consumer attitudes, along with avian flu and drought in California. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/29/tough-times-big-food?refid=0 Mon, 29 Jun 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Eden Prairie police officer fires at motorcyclist The motorcyclist sustained a non-life threatening arm injury during the incident. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/20/eden-prairie-police-shooting?refid=0 Sat, 20 Jun 2015 11:16:21 -0500 Report: Spread of bird flu could be related to high wind The report is far from definitive, calling for further study and saying the USDA can't point to a single statistically significant pathway for the current spread of bird flu. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/15/avian-flu-report?refid=0 Mon, 15 Jun 2015 18:20:20 -0500 Small Minnesota town to save big with solar The town of Cologne, just west of the Twin Cities, is turning to solar power to reduce its electricity bills. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/14/cologne-solar-power?refid=0 Sun, 14 Jun 2015 06:00:00 -0500 For Minnesota grower, bird flu turns 'little piece of heaven' to hell The number of new Minnesota avian influenza cases is declining and some poultry farmers are restocking birds in their disinfected barns. But outbreaks continue to devastate farm families. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/11/bird-flu?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jun 2015 17:54:59 -0500 Bird flu spreads in Renville County; USDA says vaccines only 60 percent effective State Board of Animal Health officials say the virus appears to have hit a farm with more than 400,000 young chickens and a turkey flock of undetermined size. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/03/bird-flu-renville?refid=0 Wed, 03 Jun 2015 19:35:10 -0500 DNR readies stiff fines for farmers caught illegally pumping water Hoping to protect Minnesota's groundwater amid an irrigation boom, officials this season will have new power to levy up to $20,000 fines without going to court. Enforcement begins next month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/26/water-pumping-fines?refid=0 Tue, 26 May 2015 15:23:40 -0500 Largest Minnesota farm hit by bird flu to lay off 39 workers Lab tests recently confirmed the virus at the chicken farm. Workers are killing about 2 million birds at the facility to prevent the disease from spreading. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/21/rembrandt-layoffs?refid=0 Thu, 21 May 2015 17:57:36 -0500 Hormel beats 2Q profit forecasts despite bird flu woes The Austin, Minn.- based maker of Spam and other foods posted a strong second quarter despite significant problems caused by the avian influenza outbreak. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/20/hormel-earnings?refid=0 Wed, 20 May 2015 08:09:17 -0500 Minnesota bans bird shows over avian flu worries Minnesota animal health officials canceled all bird exhibitions for 2015, including at the State Fair. While it minimizes the risk of flu spreading it also affects a longtime Minnesota tradition. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/15/avian-flu-bird-exhibits?refid=0 Fri, 15 May 2015 08:47:31 -0500 Jennie-O idles 233 in Faribault; first mass Minn. layoff tied to bird flu The Hormel division says the flu that's ravaged Minnesota turkey flocks leaves fewer birds to process. Layoffs start May 26. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/05/jennieo-layoffs?refid=0 Tue, 05 May 2015 12:12:19 -0500 For Minnesota turkey farmers, bird flu is crisis of a lifetime Producers have lost millions from the spreading H5N2 virus. Farmers are keeping almost constant watch over their birds, supporting each other and wondering which farm will be next. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/04/bird-flu-crisis?refid=0 Mon, 04 May 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Wild bird testing shows no signs yet of avian flu Scientists believe ducks and geese carried the disease into the state. But state officials say the flu hasn't turned up in any of the 2,200 fecal samples they've examined. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/29/avian-flu-tests?refid=0 Wed, 29 Apr 2015 15:09:35 -0500 As avian flu spreads, officials mull options -- and Willmar waits After a visit Saturday to the hardest hit-region of the state, Dayton, Sen. Al Franken and U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson pledged their help for hard-pressed farmers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/26/avian-flu-willmar?refid=0 Mon, 27 Apr 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Dayton declares state of emergency over bird flu Officials say 2.6 million of 15 million turkeys have been lost to avian flu, or 17 percent of birds in production. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/23/avian-flu-state-of-emergency?refid=0 Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:50:07 -0500 Avian flu uncertainty has turkey farmers on edge Authorities hope that fecal samples from waterfowl and other wild birds might provide clues to the mysterious spread of the virus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/15/avian-flu?refid=0 Thu, 16 Apr 2015 04:00:00 -0500 In fight against avian flu, state looks for diseased birds In their search, investigators are particularly interested in dead birds of certain species, including hawks and eagles. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/07/avian-flu?refid=0 Tue, 07 Apr 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Plan to curb runoff too costly, unworkable, farmers tell Dayton Gov. Dayton wants all Minnesota farmers to keep a 50-foot buffer along streams and lakes. Some farmers say that will take money out of their pockets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/02/dayton-buffer-plan?refid=0 Thu, 02 Apr 2015 17:07:08 -0500 Report: Minnesota livestock producers had profitable 2014 Meanwhile, Minnesota crop farmers saw their incomes drop last year by almost two-thirds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/01/farm-income?refid=0 Wed, 01 Apr 2015 06:02:20 -0500 With thousands of turkeys lost, Minnesota authorities seek source of bird flu Farmers are taking new steps to prevent the infection from spreading to other flocks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/31/bird-flu?refid=0 Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:16:23 -0500 Low corn and soybean prices leave farmers struggling The state-sponsored program that offers mediation between farmers and lenders has seen its caseload double this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/28/increased-mediation-program-for-farmers?refid=0 Sat, 28 Mar 2015 10:59:13 -0500 Milk price drop brings concerns in Minnesota dairy country After several profitable years, dairy farmers are seeing their bull market crash. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/18/dairy-prices-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 19 Mar 2015 04:00:00 -0500 After 15,000 turkeys die, no new cases of avian flu on Minn. farms Earlier this month, state officials announced that the H5N2 virus had killed 15,000 turkeys on a Pope County farm. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/16/avian-flu?refid=0 Mon, 16 Mar 2015 07:05:15 -0500 Gaylord settles police racial profiling lawsuit To settle a federal lawsuit, Gaylord and Sibley County officials agreed to pay $20,000 each to Jesus Manuela Mendoza Sierra. Officials also agreed to recruit minorities and Spanish speakers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/03/gaylord-settles?refid=0 Wed, 04 Mar 2015 04:00:00 -0600 As corn prices fall, Minnesota farms worry about the future Minnesota corn farmers are expected to lose money this year. That's causing a lot of concern among farmers as they negotiate spring planting loans with lenders. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/10/corn-prices?refid=0 Tue, 10 Feb 2015 04:00:00 -0600 Planned solar farm in southwest MN draws fire from residents The Marshall project, a 500-acre solar panel complex, is part of a state push to generate more electricity. But area residents say it is too much for a rural setting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/21/marshall-solar-installation?refid=0 Wed, 21 Jan 2015 16:28:59 -0600 Fairmont Foods to close in March; 167 workers to lose jobs The frozen meal maker began operations in south central nearly two decades ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/16/fairmont-foods-closing?refid=0 Fri, 16 Jan 2015 13:39:44 -0600 Lower corn yields, prices to cut Minnesota farm income Low prices for corn and a smaller than expected harvest in 2014 have combined to cause a big drop in the value of Minnesota's largest cash crop. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/13/corn-prices?refid=0 Tue, 13 Jan 2015 04:00:00 -0600 Rural lawmakers to press housing, jobs, water issues at Capitol From southwest Minnesota and across the state, greater Minnesota lawmakers have come to the Capitol hoping to help their communities. The new legislative session starts today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/06/rural-lawmakers?refid=0 Tue, 06 Jan 2015 04:00:00 -0600 Memorial runners, riders mark anniversary of 'Dakota 38' Soldiers hanged 38 Dakota on Dec. 26, 1862, for alleged crimes committed in a six-week war the previous summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/26/dakota-memorial-run-ride?refid=0 Fri, 26 Dec 2014 06:52:53 -0600 Farm groups say budget vote will block EPA 'overreach' on water Congress blocked the EPA from adopting a proposed Clean Water Act Rule that would have allowed the agency to regulate areas that held water temporarily, including puddles. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/18/water-regulation-agriculture?refid=0 Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:01:32 -0600 After working against embargo, Cargill welcomes Cuba news Minnesota farm and business interests praised President Barack Obama's announcement of normalized relations with Cuba. But they said only ending the U.S. embargo of Cuba would bring real change. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/17/cargill-cuba?refid=0 Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:01:01 -0600 Documents cast doubt on BNSF explanation of shipping delays The railroad blames heavy shipping demand and bad weather for significant rail shipping delays last winter -- delays that cost farmers, coal companies, utilities, and grain businesses hundreds of millions of dollars. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/14/rail-delays?refid=0 Sun, 14 Dec 2014 18:00:00 -0600 Minnesota farmers still making loan payments, but trouble lies ahead The number of farm loans requiring adjustments are at historic lows. But many crop farmers likely will lose money on their corn harvest this year because of low prices. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/03/farm-mediation?refid=0 Wed, 03 Dec 2014 17:14:48 -0600 Farmers hope for a shot to finish harvest The main problem is corn, with about four percent of the state's crop still in the field. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/28/unharvested-crops?refid=0 Sat, 29 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0600 Low crop prices could spell tougher times for Minnesota farmers Minnesota yields were below expectations in parts of state. But a big U.S. harvest has cut grain prices. Farmers are weighing how to cut costs next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/07/crop-prices?refid=0 Sun, 09 Nov 2014 18:00:00 -0600 Dangerous dance: Farm equipment, power line accidents up in rural MN Collisions between farm machinery and power poles seem to be on the rise in rural Minnesota. Some worry it's just a matter of time before someone gets seriously hurt. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/21/farm-equipment-power-line-accidents?refid=0 Tue, 21 Oct 2014 04:00:00 -0500 Minnesota power companies feel coal pinch, blame rail delays After months of complaints by farmers, grain shippers and others about lengthy railroad delays, another major industry is crying foul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/12/power-companies-blame-low-coal-stockpiles-on-rail-delays?refid=0 Sun, 12 Oct 2014 16:00:00 -0500 Burden of rail delays falls on western Minnesota Farm groups complain about rail shipping delays, but some areas are much worse off than others. The longest delays are in North and South Dakota and western Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/05/rail-delays?refid=0 Sun, 05 Oct 2014 16:00:00 -0500 Weekend cold snap hurts soybeans, corn Farmers in southern Minnesota likely will see a 30-percent decline in soybean productions because of the weekend frost. The hit to corn wasn't as bad. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/15/frost-hurts-crops?refid=0 Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:00:47 -0500 Rain perks up Minnesota corn harvest outlook Plentiful rain and mild temperatures boosted the September forecast by 2 bushels an acre, according to newly released USDA data. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/11/corn-harvest-outlook?refid=0 Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:23:35 -0500 Rain perks up Minnesota corn harvest outlook Plentiful rain and mild temperatures boosted the September forecast by 2 bushels an acre, according to newly released USDA data. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/11/corn-crop-outlook?refid=0 Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:27:34 -0500 Minnesota companies shore up propane supply, storage after shortages last winter Minnesota's propane suppliers have installed additional storage tanks to increase their supply. They're hoping to avert a propane shortage like the one that occurred last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/08/preventing-propane-shortages?refid=0 Tue, 09 Sep 2014 06:00:00 -0500 Potential fall of farmland prices sparks fears of a bust Minnesota's farmland is worth about $100 billion, and given that land often accounts for 80 percent of a farm's assets, that value has served as an economic engine. It provides farmers the collateral they need to buy equipment and grow crops. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/25/farmland-prices?refid=0 Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:30:48 -0500 Buried in corn? Record US crop could kill profits for Minnesota grain farmers Farmers in Minnesota expect a down year because of June's damaging weather. The bumper crop elsewhere means corn prices won't go high enough to make a profit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/12/minnesota-crops?refid=0 Tue, 12 Aug 2014 16:56:17 -0500 Minnesota farmers won't feel impact of Russian ban Minnesota exported agricultural products worth $7 million to Russia in 2013, but that is only about 1 percent of the state's non-manufactured exports. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/07/russia-ban-minnesota-impact?refid=0 Thu, 07 Aug 2014 16:45:56 -0500 At Farmfest, GOP candidates for governor take aim at regulation The four candidates vying for the Republican nomination to challenge Gov. Mark Dayton found a receptive crowd for their message that government regulations are getting in the way of small businesses like farms. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/05/farmfest-candidate-forum?refid=0 Tue, 05 Aug 2014 17:00:56 -0500 Expensive land becomes a hurdle to growing young farmers Buying 100 acres of good farmland can cost $1 million, and that amount of land often is too little to support a family. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/27/young-farmers?refid=0 Sun, 27 Jul 2014 16:00:00 -0500 After June storms, farmers in four counties can seek federal help Statewide, damage from last month's flooding has surpassed $50 million and is still rising, Gov. Mark Dayton said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/16/after-june-storms-farmers-in-four-counties-can-seek-federal-help?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:10:26 -0500 Crop switch could cost millions in water contamination A University of Minnesota study says a recent switch from grassland to crops in southeastern Minnesota could increase the number of household wells contaminated with nitrates. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/10/ground-level-beneath-the-surface-grassland-nitrates?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0500 State officials promise tougher approach on nitrates contaminating groundwater Minnesotans are spending millions of dollars to deal with nitrate contamination in their water, and the state agriculture department says it's time to insist that farmers do more to prevent the problem. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/06/ground-level-beneath-the-surface-nitrates?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jul 2014 06:00:00 -0500 Authorities take aim at drunken boaters DNR Capt. Greg Salo says the blood alcohol content limit on water is the same as on land, and "people can look at boating under the influence and operating a motor vehicle under the influence as one in the same." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/29/authorities-take-aim-at-drunken-boaters?refid=0 Sun, 29 Jun 2014 08:26:56 -0500 Floods carry pollution into Minnesota's rivers "We had high intensity rain, and we've got overland flow and stormwater runoff going into the river," said Pat Baskfield, of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, and coordinator of a statewide river monitoring program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/29/floods-carry-pollution-into-minnesotas-rivers?refid=0 Sun, 29 Jun 2014 08:22:37 -0500 Farmers, truckers at odds over new biodiesel rule Starting on Tuesday, most diesel fuel sold in Minnesota will contain 10 percent biodiesel, which is double the current portion. The requirement is the latest step in Minnesota's push for more renewable fuels. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/29/farmers-vs-truckers-over-new-biodiesel-rule?refid=0 Sun, 29 Jun 2014 08:13:26 -0500 After the rains, a grueling cleanup on the farm Rain and hail have made a mess of thousands of acres of Minnesota farmland, so much so that U.S. Agriculture Department officials are out assessing the toll. They don't have a state-wide damage estimate yet, but farmers don't need an official assessment to know that the storms have created a lot of extra work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/19/after-the-rains-a-grueling-cleanup-on-the-farm?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jun 2014 17:58:32 -0500 Across Minnesota, rising waters pose hardships for farmers and residents Farm fields became ponds and roads flowed like rivers this week as downpours in Minnesota soaked saturated ground, damaging crops and threatening homes from the Iowa border to International Falls. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/17/minnesota-flooding?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jun 2014 16:55:32 -0500 Farmer in raw milk case receives a break A state judge has declined to punish a southern Minnesota farmer for selling raw milk and violating the terms of his probation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/11/michael-hartman-raw-milk?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jun 2014 18:41:51 -0500 Minn. ethanol producers wait on word from EPA Ethanol producers like those in Minnesota's $2 billion a year industry are worried the EPA will effectively order a cut in ethanol production. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/08/minn-ethanol-producers-wait-on-word-from-epa?refid=0 Sun, 08 Jun 2014 11:39:39 -0500 State proposes new fertilizer rules to protect groundwater For the first time, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture wants to restrict the fall application of nitrogen. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/04/minnesota-fertilizer-rules?refid=0 Wed, 04 Jun 2014 18:38:15 -0500 Sodden spring spells uncertainty for Minnesota crop prices Minnesota farmers may be looking at a financial squeeze this year. The wet spring has eliminated drought in much of the corn belt, suggesting a big crop could be on the way. That's helping drive down prices below the break even level for a lot of producers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/26/minnesota-crop-prices?refid=0 Tue, 27 May 2014 07:00:16 -0500 Missouri River water deal still needs local money Minnesota lawmakers agreed to supply about $60 million to bring Missouri River water into dry southwestern Minnesota. Local officials now need to determine whether they can come up with some matching money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/20/ground-level-beneath-the-surface-lewis-and-clark?refid=0 Tue, 20 May 2014 00:00:00 -0500 New system for DNR to track water permits The state Department of Natural Resources has completed a new online water permit system that will cut the time it takes to obtain a state water appropriations permit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/16/new-system-for-dnr-to-track-water-permits?refid=0 Fri, 16 May 2014 15:42:59 -0500 In southwest Minnesota, water costs rise, pipes get longer From Marshall to Mountain Lake to Worthington, southwestern Minnesota communities are finding that the hunt for an adequate supply of good water can get expensive. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/29/ground-level-beneath-the-surface-southwest-minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 29 Apr 2014 06:00:00 -0500 As hog population drops, packing plants cut back In the last year, the nation's hog population has dropped at least three percent. About a thousand cases of the disease have been found on Minnesota farms. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/18/as-hog-population-drops-packing-plants-cut-back?refid=0 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:19:48 -0500 Unchecked irrigation threatens to sap Minnesota groundwater An MPR News investigation shows that several hundred Minnesota farmers are probably pumping groundwater to irrigate their crops without required permits, making it harder for the state to understand and regulate what's happening to a water resource increasingly seen as vulnerable. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/31/ground-level-beneath-the-surface-permits?refid=0 Mon, 07 Apr 2014 04:00:00 -0500 DNR looks at elk future A meeting in Greenbush, Minn. on Thursday evening will look at possible changes in the state's elk management plan that expires at the end of next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/09/dnr-looks-at-elk-future?refid=0 Sun, 09 Mar 2014 09:42:06 -0500 Price of oats going up The cost of oats is going up, and a big reason is because it's difficult getting a rail shipment of oats from Canada. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/02/price-of-oats-going-up?refid=0 Sun, 02 Mar 2014 11:23:55 -0600 Frozen pipes causing headaches for rural water systems Minnesota's largest rural water system says its facing a "phenomenal" problem with frozen water pipes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/27/regional/frozen-pipes?refid=0 Thu, 27 Feb 2014 14:43:44 -0600 Farms push for immigration reform The nation's largest agricultural organization, the American Farm Bureau Federation, launched a major effort this month to influence the immigration debate. The group is pushing for a guest worker program to help furnish the labor for California vegetable farms to Midwest dairy operations. http://blogs.mprnews.org/statewide/2014/02/farm-push-for-immigration-reform/?refid=0 Sun, 23 Feb 2014 09:17:35 -0600 Minnesota farmers gird for an end to the corn boom Corn farmers in the upper Midwest have seen record profits in the last three years. But those good times appear to be over. The huge harvest last fall caused corn prices to tumble by nearly half from more than $7 bushel. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/07/some-minnesota-farmers-worry-the-corn-boom-may-be-over?refid=0 Fri, 07 Feb 2014 14:51:21 -0600 Fatal pig disease continues to spread in Minn. The number of Minnesota hog barns with the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, increased 14 percent over the past week, representing an additional 50 cases confirmed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/06/news/pig-disease?refid=0 Thu, 06 Feb 2014 14:15:49 -0600 Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall looks to cut $3 million Other Minnesota schools dealing with budget deficits include Minnesota State University-Moorhead, Winona State, and the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Enrollment shortfalls are a common problem at all the schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/31/minnesota-state-university-marshall-budget-shortfall?refid=0 Fri, 31 Jan 2014 17:59:17 -0600 Rep. Collin Peterson played central role in writing compromise farm bill U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, a Democrat who represents Minnesota's 7th District, said it was the most difficult farm bill he's ever worked on. The Senate is expected to pass the farm bill next week, and President Barack Obama has said he'll sign it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/29/collin-peterson-farm-bill?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jan 2014 17:17:04 -0600 New test from University of Minnesota will help in fight against deadly pig disease University of Minnesota researchers have developed a test that will tell whether a hog has been exposed to the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus and if it can fight off the disease. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/27/university-of-minnesota-test-pig-disease?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jan 2014 18:56:22 -0600 Minn. pork industry on edge as pig virus spreads In the last month, the number of cases of porcine epidemic diarrhea in Minnesota increased by almost two-thirds. The disease has been found in about 300 hog barns across the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/26/minn-pork-industry-on-edge-as-pig-virus-spreads?refid=0 Sun, 26 Jan 2014 16:00:00 -0600 Minn. native up for another Grammy A Minnesota native will find out if she wins another Grammy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/26/minn-native-up-for-another-grammy?refid=0 Sun, 26 Jan 2014 09:28:22 -0600 Immigrant father, son win deportation reprieve The news is a relief for Alejandro Cruz Blanco, Simon Cruz Perez, and for hundreds of supporters in the town of St. James, Minn. who rallied behind them. Cruz Blanco, right, received a kidney transplant four years ago. His doctor described a return to Mexico as "certain death" for him. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/07/father-son-win-deportation-reprieve?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jan 2014 20:13:55 -0600 State's newest renewable energy plant converts manure, veggie waste The plant in Le Sueur, Minn. uses tiny organisms to break down a a slurry of corn silage and manure to create methane gas to fuel four electricity generators that will send eight megawatts directly to the city's distribution system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/05/new-renewable-energy-plant?refid=0 Sun, 05 Jan 2014 17:00:00 -0600 Jobs coming to SW Minn. bring housing woes, too Local leaders in southwestern Minnesota cheered when tractor manufacturer AGCO announced plans to expand operations and add jobs. Then the worrying began: Where would the new workers live? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/26/regional/housing-shortage?refid=0 Wed, 25 Dec 2013 16:00:00 -0600 New ethanol plants to make fuel from 'biomass' Some experts question whether plants that make ethanol from corn stalks and wood chips can be viable without long-term government support. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/16/new-plants-to-make-ethanol-from-biomass?refid=0 Tue, 17 Dec 2013 06:00:00 -0600 Is the Lewis and Clark project a pipeline to nowhere? More than 100 miles of pipe have been laid in South Dakota and Iowa for the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System. But not a drop of water has crossed into Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/02/regional/lewis-clark-water-pipeline?refid=0 Mon, 02 Dec 2013 09:00:00 -0600 Proposal to lower ethanol use upsets grain farmers A federal Environmental Protection Agency proposal to lower ethanol use in gasoline next year has upset grain farmers and drawn praise from oil and livestock producers. The change would reduce market demand for corn purchased to make the fuel, forcing already low corn prices even lower. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/15/news/ethanol-standard?refid=0 Fri, 15 Nov 2013 19:26:14 -0600 Minn. wolf hunt: More than 40 killed so far Hunters killed more than 40 wolves in northern Minnesota during the first weekend of the wolf season, Department of Natural Resources data show. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/12/environment/wolf-hunt?refid=0 Tue, 12 Nov 2013 09:41:58 -0600 Big corn harvest may put growers in the red, help ethanol The big crop has sent the price of corn plummeting, and that's cut costs for the beleaguered biofuel industry and others that rely on the grain. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/08/economy/corn-prices-ethanol?refid=0 Fri, 08 Nov 2013 16:56:01 -0600 Ethanol plant sold to Green Plains Renewable Energy Green Plains Renewable Energy announced it purchased the BioFuel Energy facility in Fairmont, Minn. The ethanol plant has been closed for nearly 14 months. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/05/ethanol-plant-sold-minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 05 Nov 2013 10:09:03 -0600 Propane shortage for corn drying persists Gov. Mark Dayton signed an emergency order Oct. 23 to allow truckers to work longer hours than normal delivering propane. That effort has helped, but not everywhere. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/03/agriculture/propane-shortage-persists-for-corn-harvest?refid=0 Sun, 03 Nov 2013 10:45:50 -0600 Pipeline to nowhere in southwest Minnesota? Federal funding for the massive Lewis & Clark water project has been cut back sharply. Cities, water utilities and other project participants are scrambling to find construction funds elsewhere. http://blogs.mprnews.org/statewide/2013/10/pipeline-to-nowhere/?refid=0 Sun, 20 Oct 2013 11:47:06 -0500 Stalled SW Minn. water project up for vote The Lewis & Clark Regional Water System is supposed to deliver Missouri River water to southwest Minnesota. But construction ended when Congress failed to deliver promised funding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/19/news/stalled-sw-minn-water-project-up-for-vote?refid=0 Sun, 20 Oct 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Minnesota farmers see bountiful harvests and lower profits For livestock producers, the trends are a welcome relief after some tough years. They buy a lot of grain to feed their animals and the falling prices will reduce their costs and boost profits. But for grain farmers, slipping prices will shrink profit margins. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/15/bountiful-minnesota-harvest-prices-drop?refid=0 Tue, 15 Oct 2013 14:20:28 -0500 Study: Antibiotics levels in veggies safe A University of Minnesota study finds that a person would have to eat almost their body weight in vegetables every day to approach unhealthy levels of antibiotics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/28/study-antibiotics-levels-in-veggies-safe?refid=0 Sat, 28 Sep 2013 10:36:24 -0500 Drought hurts Minnesota's soybean crop Even though Minnesota's corn crop is doing well, the state's agricultural economy is facing a roughly $175 million loss from a projected smaller soybean crop. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/12/drought-damages-minnesota-soybean-crop?refid=0 Thu, 12 Sep 2013 14:27:07 -0500 Fertilizer by-product an unhealthy, expensive risk to water quality Fertilizer use in farming is so prevalent that at least two dozen Minnesota communities have unhealthy levels of its by-products in their drinking water supplies. Crop researchers say there is a proven solution: perennial crops which absorb nitrates. But not many farmers have adopted the method. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/10/environment/alfalfa-fertilizer-water-quality?refid=0 Tue, 10 Sep 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Pheasant number down by 29% this year Researchers say a long winter and cold, wet spring probably are to blame. They also worry that habitat loss will keep pheasant numbers down. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/09/environment/pheasant-population-down?refid=0 Mon, 09 Sep 2013 18:31:31 -0500 Minnesota organic farm profits jump The University of Minnesota's Center for Farm Financial Management analyzed economic data from about three dozen organic farms around the state. They showed a median net income for 2012 of just over $85,000, more than double the $38,000 organic farms earned the year before. http://blogs.mprnews.org/statewide/2013/09/organic-farm-profits-jump/?refid=0 Wed, 04 Sep 2013 07:06:42 -0500 Nitrogen fertilizer management plan comment period opens this week The Minnesota Agriculture Department holds the first of six public meetings this week on it's new nitrogen fertilizer management plan for state farmers. The plan's goal is to prevent or minimize the impact of nitrogen fertilizer on drinking water. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/03/nitrogen-fertilizer-management-plan-comment-period-opens-this-week?refid=0 Tue, 03 Sep 2013 06:17:54 -0500 Ethanol plant using corn waste moves forward Poet-DSM Advanced Biofuels is starting to hire workers for what could be the nation's first commercial-scale plant to make ethanol from corn crop waste instead of kernels. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/25/business/ethanol-plant-using-corn-waste-moves-forward?refid=0 Sun, 25 Aug 2013 10:12:15 -0500 Corn, soybean crops behind schedule; at risk of early freeze damage The warmer weather forecast for the next week, including some 90 degree temperatures, should speed crop maturity, and lessen the risk of damage from a frost a little. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/19/agriculture/corn-soybean-crops-behind?refid=0 Mon, 19 Aug 2013 17:23:14 -0500 Farmer who sold raw milk in trouble again Michael Hartmann, the southern Minnesota dairy farmer who last year pleaded guilty to charges of illegally selling raw milk, could be jailed following a recent stop for transporting unpasteurized milk. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/13/news/dairy-farmer-raw-milk-sales?refid=0 Tue, 13 Aug 2013 18:17:49 -0500 Farmers could harvest second-largest crop in Minnesota history Minnesota farmers are expected to harvest slightly smaller corn and soybean crops this fall than last year, in part because fields in some parts of the state have been hurt by too much spring rain, followed, by streak of cool temperatures. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/12/business/fall-harvest?refid=0 Mon, 12 Aug 2013 17:29:30 -0500 Farmfest clouded by congressional farm bill gridlock Farmer discontent with Congress seems to be growing almost as quickly as Minnesota's corn and soybean fields. The unhappiness is aimed at lawmakers' inability to pass the central piece of the nation's agricultural policy, the farm bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/07/farmfest-clouded-by-congressional-farm-bill-gridlock?refid=0 Wed, 07 Aug 2013 07:21:04 -0500 Ag Dept. seeks input on cutting nitrate levels in well water The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is asking for public comment on a plan to reduce unsafe nitrate levels in drinking water. Much of the nitrate load comes from agricultural fertilizers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/03/environment/ag-department-seeks-input-on-nitrate-levels?refid=0 Sat, 03 Aug 2013 10:25:24 -0500 Granite Falls Energy buys majority interest in Heron Lake BioEnergy Granite Falls Energy has purchased a majority interest in a financially struggling southwest Minnesota ethanol company. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/01/business/granite-falls-energy?refid=0 Thu, 01 Aug 2013 18:42:59 -0500 Farmers adjust fertilizer for cleaner water at home and downstream Farmland is the source for 70 percent of the nitrates in state surface waters, according to a recent study. Reducing the amount of nitrate that enters rivers and streams is a daunting job, but there are signs that some of the changes made on farms already are taking hold. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/23/environment/farmers-adjust-fertilizer-for-clean-water?refid=0 Tue, 23 Jul 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Old farm machinery harvesting high prices For a good example of what might seem an out-of-control tractor market, one need only look to a chilly, rain-soaked auction last March in southwest Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/10/business/farm-machinery-high-prices?refid=0 Wed, 10 Jul 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Minnesota crops lag after wet, sunless spring The latest crop report shows that Minnesota corn fields made good progress last week, but growth is still more than a week behind schedule. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/02/business/minnesota-crops-lag-after-wet-sunless-spring?refid=0 Tue, 02 Jul 2013 09:00:00 -0500 Minnesota crops lag after wet, sunless spring MPR's Cathy Wurzer talked with Minnesota Public Radio reporter Mark Steil, who spoke from our Worthington bureau. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/02/steil?refid=0 Tue, 02 Jul 2013 08:51:57 -0500 Corn prices fall after USDA planting report Corn prices fell after the U.S. Agriculture Department indicated farmers have planted more acres nationwide than estimated earlier. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/29/business/corn-prices-fall-after-usda-report?refid=0 Sat, 29 Jun 2013 10:35:10 -0500 Dairy farm ordered to stop raw milk sales The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has banned raw milk sales on a central Minnesota farm, after blaming the product for a half dozen illnesses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/26/health/dairy-raw-milk-sales?refid=0 Wed, 26 Jun 2013 18:33:48 -0500 Minn. water resources make quick rebound from drought The Department of Natural Resources says Minnesota's lakes, streams and underground water supplies are recovering rapidly from last year's drought. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/23/environment/water-levels-rebound-from-drought?refid=0 Sun, 23 Jun 2013 09:27:09 -0500 PED virus threatens piglets, farm finances Minnesota hog farmers have a new disease to worry about, a virulent form of diarrhea that is deadly to young pigs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/21/business/ped-pig-virus?refid=0 Fri, 21 Jun 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Gevo resumes isobutanol production Colorado-based Gevo is resuming production of the industrial chemical isobutanol from corn at its converted ethanol plant in Luverne. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/18/business/gevo-isobutanol-production?refid=0 Tue, 18 Jun 2013 14:27:37 -0500 County officials to discuss wording on marriage applications Minnesota's county recorders will hold their annual meeting June 11-14 and plan to discuss the best wording for marriage licenses and applications now that same-sex marriage is legal in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/09/politics/county-recorders-discuss-wording-on-marriage-applications?refid=0 Sun, 09 Jun 2013 09:36:20 -0500 Farmers warned after anthrax kills Minn. cow A cow in northwest Minnesota has died from anthrax, the first case in Minnesota in five years. Anthrax spores occur naturally in the ground, and recent heavy rains may have brought the anthrax to the surface. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/09/regional/cow-dies-of-anthrax?refid=0 Sun, 09 Jun 2013 09:25:06 -0500 Crews still at work on ice storm cleanup Cleanup from April's ice storm is proceeding faster than expected in southwest Minnesota. Crews are still working to take down trees that were too severely damaged to survive. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/05/news/ice-storm-cleanup?refid=0 Wed, 05 Jun 2013 16:09:51 -0500 Grain markets watch spring planting delays Minnesota farmers are near finishing spring planting, but it's been a struggle. Rain has delayed work in many parts of the state. Farmers in other states face the same problem and grain traders are starting to worry that the harvest may be affected. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/04/business/spring-planting-grain-markets?refid=0 Tue, 04 Jun 2013 04:00:00 -0500 SW Minn. town watching Smithfield sale closely The sale of one of the nation's largest meatpackers to a Chinese company is being watched closely in a southwest Minnesota community. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/29/business/smithfield-sale-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 29 May 2013 14:36:41 -0500 Food stamp program faces cuts as farm bill takes shape The U.S. Senate took up the farm bill last week but has yet to take a final vote on the legislation. Funding for food stamps is one area of contention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/26/politics/food-stamps-face-cuts-in-farm-bill?refid=0 Sun, 26 May 2013 10:14:30 -0500 Half of Minn.'s corn crop planted Minnesota farmers took advantage of good weather last week to plant more than half their corn crop. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/20/business/corn-crop?refid=0 Mon, 20 May 2013 17:49:10 -0500 Same-sex marriage: Reaction from Minnesota residents 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/13/politics/same-sex-marriage-reaction-from-minnesota-residents?refid=0 Mon, 13 May 2013 18:34:06 -0500 Minn. farmers behind schedule, but expect good growing season 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/10/business/farmers-behind-schedule?refid=0 Fri, 10 May 2013 17:30:34 -0500 FBI: Raid of Montevideo home disrupted 'terror attack' 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/06/fbi-raid-of-montevideo-home-disrupted-terror-attack?refid=0 Mon, 06 May 2013 10:46:31 -0500 Dayton asks for storm disaster declaration 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/26/news/dayton-ice-storm-disaster-declaration?refid=0 Fri, 26 Apr 2013 17:27:47 -0500 FEMA officials to look at ice storm damage this week Federal disaster officials will be in southwest Minnesota this week to assess damage from a recent ice storm in that part of the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/22/news/fema-ice-storm-damage?refid=0 Mon, 22 Apr 2013 16:12:21 -0500 State's ammonia plants are regularly inspected 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/18/news/ammonia-plants-regularly-inspected?refid=0 Thu, 18 Apr 2013 17:50:54 -0500 FEMA to assess ice storm damage 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/17/news/fema-assessment-ice-storm?refid=0 Wed, 17 Apr 2013 18:53:34 -0500 Franken, others tour SW Minn. storm damage, estimated at $10M 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/13/regional/minn-leaders-survey-storm-damage?refid=0 Sat, 13 Apr 2013 10:38:37 -0500 SW Minn. struggles to clean up after storm Disposing of debris is one of the big issues facing ice-storm-damaged southwest Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/12/regional/southwest-minn-storm-damage-cleanup?refid=0 Fri, 12 Apr 2013 18:06:44 -0500 Survey: Minn. farmers earned record income in 2012 A survey of more than 1,300 crop farms in Minnesota shows they earned record income in 2012. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/11/business/minn-farmers-earned-record-income-in-2012?refid=0 Thu, 11 Apr 2013 18:31:31 -0500 Worthington area still coping with ice 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/11/worthington?refid=0 Thu, 11 Apr 2013 09:49:15 -0500 Ice storm: Worthington declares state of emergency 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/10/regional/worthington-ice-storm?refid=0 Wed, 10 Apr 2013 16:12:17 -0500 EPA hits Minn. ethanol firm with $137K fine 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/08/environment/ethanol-firm-fine?refid=0 Mon, 08 Apr 2013 14:32:51 -0500 Minn. farmers to plant more corn in response to rising prices 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/29/business/farmers-plant-more-corn-rising-prices?refid=0 Fri, 29 Mar 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Farmers favor corn over soybeans this year The U.S. Agriculture Department says Minnesota farmers intend to plant more corn this year than they did in 2012. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/28/business/farmers-favor-corn-over-soybeans-this-year?refid=0 Thu, 28 Mar 2013 13:05:33 -0500 Southern Minn. ethanol plant may be sold An ethanol company says it may sell a plant it owns in Fairmont, in southern Minnesota. It's the latest indication of the ethanol industry's financial troubles. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/27/regional/ethanol-plant-may-be-sold?refid=0 Wed, 27 Mar 2013 17:52:17 -0500 EPA: More than half of rivers, streams have poor living conditions for aquatic species A survey of U.S. rivers and streams found more than half have poor living conditions for aquatic species. Streams in the Midwest, including Minnesota, had major problems with phosphorus and nitrogen. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/26/environment/epa-rivers-living-conditions-aquatic-species?refid=0 Tue, 26 Mar 2013 18:20:21 -0500 USDA forecast likely to show more corn acreage The U.S. Agriculture Department will give a preview on Thursday of how many acres of corn and other major crops farmers in Minnesota and elsewhere intend to plant this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/24/business/usda-corn-crop-predictions?refid=0 Sun, 24 Mar 2013 09:59:45 -0500 Snow and rain improve farming outlook The start of spring means the crop planting season is not far away. While the two-year drought is a worry, there have been signs of hope recently. Increased precipitation has helped boost farmers' outlook for this year's crop. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/21/news/snow-rain-improving-farming-outlook?refid=0 Thu, 21 Mar 2013 04:00:00 -0500 N.D. firm moves ahead with Minn. quarry The Strata Corp. of Grand Forks, N.D., says it plans to move ahead with a new quarry in the western Minnesota city of Ortonville after an administrative law judge gave the city approval to annex a key piece of land from Ortonville Township. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/17/business/strata-building-quarry-in-wester-minnesota?refid=0 Sun, 17 Mar 2013 10:08:49 -0500 Minn. farmers urged to check crop insurance Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman is urging farmers to make sure they have enough crop insurance to deal with another possible year of drought. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/09/business/rothman-drought-crop-insurance?refid=0 Sat, 09 Mar 2013 10:27:13 -0600 Air pollution advisory issued for southern Minn. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is watching a stagnant weather pattern over southern Minnesota that is increasing air pollution. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/08/environment/fine-particle-pollution-advisory?refid=0 Fri, 08 Mar 2013 21:11:05 -0600 Isobutanol production to resume at Gevo plant A company that hopes to commercialize a corn-based process to make an industrial chemical says it plans to resume production this year at its southwest Minnesota plant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/05/business/isobutanol-gevo-plant?refid=0 Tue, 05 Mar 2013 17:26:42 -0600 Climatologist: Snow won't help farmers much Parts of Minnesota have as much as five inches of moisture in the current snowpack, but that doesn't mean the drought is over. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/05/news/climatologist-says-snow-wont-help-farmers-much?refid=0 Tue, 05 Mar 2013 14:31:53 -0600 Fewer requests for farm loan mediation The number of mediation requests for troubled farm loans fell again last year, reflecting strong grain prices. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/03/business/farm-loan-mediation?refid=0 Sun, 03 Mar 2013 10:59:21 -0600 Hundreds of water permit holders pumping more than allowed Records show hundreds of water permit holders in Minnesota are illegally using billions of gallons more water then they are allowed. But they face few consequences for these misdemeanor violations. Even in a two-year drought, state officials admit they don't spend much time enforcing permit limits. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/27/environment/water-use-permitting?refid=0 Wed, 27 Feb 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Farmer faces more raw milk charges Southern Minnesota dairy farmer Michael Hartmann faces three more criminal charges in connection with selling unpasteurized milk and other food products. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/22/news/raw-milk-farmer-faces-more-charges?refid=0 Fri, 22 Feb 2013 16:54:07 -0600 Walz co-sponsors prairie protection bill Federal legislation designed to discourage farmers from plowing up native prairie areas includes a co-sponsor from Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/17/politics/native-grasslands-bill-walz?refid=0 Sun, 17 Feb 2013 09:35:04 -0600 Farmer faces new charges over raw milk sales The southern Minnesota dairy farmer at the center of a controversy over raw milk sales faces new criminal charges. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/04/law/michael-hartmann-raw-milk-sales?refid=0 Mon, 04 Feb 2013 16:21:47 -0600 Post office hours cut amid retirements The U.S. Postal Service says post office hours are being reduced in many locations throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin as the system faces a big budget deficit. About 550 employees in the region have taken early retirement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/02/regional/post-office-cuts?refid=0 Sat, 02 Feb 2013 11:47:19 -0600 Minn. slipping in wind power rankings Minnesota slipped two notches in the national wind power rankings, based on 2012 energy production. The state now ranks seventh in the U.S. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/30/business/wind-power-rankings?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jan 2013 16:34:35 -0600 Guardian Cos. buys ethanol plant for $55M The sale of a financially struggling ethanol plant in southern Minnesota is the latest evidence of tough times in the renewable fuel business. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/24/business/guardian-buys-ethanol-plant?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jan 2013 16:02:08 -0600 EPA confirms rootworm resistance in corn The Environmental Protection Agency has verified for the first time that some corn rootworms have developed resistance to genetically modified corn sold by Monsanto. Rootworm resistance is suspected in a number of Midwest states, including Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/18/environment/epa-confirms-rootworm-resistance-in-corn?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jan 2013 18:12:27 -0600 Expected precipitation won't end drought Minnesota may see some drought relief in February, March and April, according to the U.S. Climate Prediction Center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/17/weather/minnesota-drought-relief?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jan 2013 17:14:13 -0600 High Minn. land prices force aspiring farmers to sidelines High land prices are making it difficult for young farmers. In one of the most volatile and expensive land markets in history, they generally don't have the financial resources to compete with established producers or investors. For those seeking a start, just renting a few acres is daunting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/13/regional/high-land-prices-squeeze-young-farmers?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jan 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Farmers look to South America as crop price indicator Farmers are watching agricultural production in South America this winter as they try to predict the direction corn and soybean prices will take in coming months. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/11/business/farmers-south-america-crop-prices?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jan 2013 17:40:38 -0600 Tax credit renewal is good news for biodiesel, wind industries Key tax credits for the biodiesel and wind industries have been renewed as part of the fiscal cliff legislation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/02/environment/renewable-energy-tax-credit?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jan 2013 18:15:00 -0600 Dakota and supporters commemorate 150th anniversary of mass hanging Dakota Indians and their supporters commemorated the largest mass execution in U.S. history at a ceremony Wednesday in Mankato. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/26/social-issue/dakota-war-commemoration?refid=0 Thu, 27 Dec 2012 07:30:20 -0600 Construction of $30M energy plant begins in SW Minn. Minnesota Municipal Power Agency has started construction on a $30 million renewable energy plant in Le Sueur, 50 miles southwest of the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/24/business/construction-of-30m-energy-plant-begins-in-sw-minn?refid=0 Mon, 24 Dec 2012 15:55:52 -0600 SW Minn. residential wells run dry as drought drags on 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/19/environment/residential-wells-run-dry?refid=0 Wed, 19 Dec 2012 14:45:35 -0600 Dakota riders begin somber journey to mark 150 years since executions 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/08/regional/dakota-horseback-memorial?refid=0 Mon, 10 Dec 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Federal ag survey mailed to farmers This month, Minnesota farmers should receive their survey forms for the five-year agricultural census which informs federal farm policy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/03/politics/federal-ag-survey-mailed-to-farmers?refid=0 Mon, 03 Dec 2012 16:23:18 -0600 Wildcat Sanctuary gets rare Asian leopard 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/21/environment/wildcat-sanctuary-gets-rare-asian-leopard?refid=0 Wed, 21 Nov 2012 16:24:37 -0600 Hormel warns high grain prices might push up meat costs 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/21/business/hormel-warns-high-grain-prices-might-push-up-meat-costs?refid=0 Wed, 21 Nov 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Floods? Drought? 2012 a banner grain year in Minn. 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/15/business/2012-minnesota-crop-report?refid=0 Thu, 15 Nov 2012 04:00:00 -0600 MPCA finds reduced pollutants in Minn. River 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/12/environment/mpca-minnesota-river-clean-up-effort-pays-off?refid=0 Mon, 12 Nov 2012 12:18:19 -0600 Walk commemorates exile of Dakota after 1862 war 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/07/regional/dakota-anniversary-walk?refid=0 Wed, 07 Nov 2012 16:02:28 -0600 130 laid off in Minn. dairy plant closure New Ulm-based Associated Milk Producers Incorporated says it will close a plant in southwest Minnesota and lay off 130 employees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/06/business/dairy-coop-closing-minnesota-plant?refid=0 Tue, 06 Nov 2012 11:42:51 -0600 Ortonville tussles over mining proposal, a familar fight in Minn. 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/05/environment/ortonville-granite-minining-proposal?refid=0 Mon, 05 Nov 2012 16:51:29 -0600 George McGovern, presidential candidate and liberal icon, dies at 90 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/21/politics/obit-mcgovern?refid=0 Sun, 21 Oct 2012 07:38:13 -0500 Minn. farmer pled guilty to raw milk charges A southern Minnesota dairy farmer accused of sickening more than a dozen people with raw milk products has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/16/regional/raw-dairy-charges-michael-hartmann-guilty-plea?refid=0 Tue, 16 Oct 2012 13:39:14 -0500 DNR expects bountiful pheasant hunting season 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/13/environment/pheasant-hunt?refid=0 Sat, 13 Oct 2012 06:00:00 -0500 Minn. corn harvest dodges worst of drought 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/03/business/dought-corn-harvest?refid=0 Wed, 03 Oct 2012 17:19:00 -0500 4 more West Nile cases reported in Minn. The Minnesota Department of Health says four more cases of West Nile Virus have been reported in the state this past week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/01/health/4-more-west-nile-cases-reported?refid=0 Mon, 01 Oct 2012 14:00:05 -0500 New West Nile cases slowing in Minn. Health officials recorded just one new illness in the last week, compared to about eight a week in the preceding month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/26/health/new-west-nile-cases-slowing-in-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 26 Sep 2012 13:10:54 -0500 Drought cuts river pollution levels in Minn. The rapid fall in river levels around the state has at least one benefit: Water pollution levels have also declined. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/25/environment/drought-cuts-river-pollution-levels-in-minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 25 Sep 2012 12:01:55 -0500 Minn. ethanol plant to idle production An ethanol plant in southern Minnesota will temporarily shut down production because of high corn prices and surplus ethanol supplies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/24/business/minn-ethanol-plant-to-idle-production?refid=0 Mon, 24 Sep 2012 20:03:38 -0500 Businesses and boaters pinched by low river levels in Minn. 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/22/environment/drought-low-rivers?refid=0 Mon, 24 Sep 2012 04:00:00 -0500 8 more West Nile cases confirmed in Minn. The Minnesota Department of Health says another eight cases of the west nile virus have been confirmed in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/19/health/8-more-west-nile-cases-confirmed?refid=0 Wed, 19 Sep 2012 11:06:05 -0500 Dry weather helps along harvest work Progress on the Minnesota harvest continues well ahead of normal, aided by dry weather. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/17/business/fall-harvest-ahead-of-schedule?refid=0 Mon, 17 Sep 2012 16:28:35 -0500 Drought forces suspension of more water permits More water users have been told they must stop pumping from Minnesota rivers because stream levels are too low. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/14/environment/drought-forces-suspension-of-more-water-permits?refid=0 Fri, 14 Sep 2012 19:53:07 -0500 Down market has Minn. hog producers squealing 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/13/business/down-market-has-minnesota-hog-producers-squealing?refid=0 Thu, 13 Sep 2012 16:28:33 -0500 Minn. corn harvest forecast improves 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/12/business/minnesota-corn-harvest-forecast-improves?refid=0 Wed, 12 Sep 2012 15:22:41 -0500 Drought forces DNR to restrict water use The ongoing drought is forcing the Department of Natural Resources to restrict water use around Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/11/environment/drought-water-restrictions?refid=0 Tue, 11 Sep 2012 17:32:47 -0500 8 more Minn. cases of West Nile confirmed The Minnesota Department of Health says officials have confirmed eight more cases of West Nile Virus in the state over the last week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/11/health/8-more-minnesota-cases-of-west-nile-confirmed?refid=0 Tue, 11 Sep 2012 16:42:50 -0500 9 more West Nile cases confirmed in Minn. Minnesota health officials have confirmed another nine cases of West Nile virus in the state over the past week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/04/health/more-west-nile-cases-confirmed?refid=0 Tue, 04 Sep 2012 14:22:23 -0500 Minn. dairy farmers squeezed by high drought-related feed prices Minnesota dairy farmers these days are watching corn and soybean prices almost as closely as the price of milk. High costs for cow feed brought on by drought have made some farms unprofitable. But the tough times are also boosting milk prices. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/02/regional/dairy-farms-econ?refid=0 Tue, 04 Sep 2012 11:00:00 -0500 8 new cases of West Nile virus in state Eight new cases of West Nile virus have been reported in Minnesota over the past week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/28/health/west-nile-virus?refid=0 Tue, 28 Aug 2012 18:55:52 -0500 USDA: Little additional impact from drought on food prices The latest U.S. Agriculture Department food price forecast shows little additional impact from the drought even though conditions are more severe in the nation's bread basket. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/24/news/usda-says-little-impact-from-drought-on-food-prices?refid=0 Fri, 24 Aug 2012 10:46:05 -0500 Minn. gets drier, but not as bad as rest of Midwest Drought conditions have spread to more of Minnesota over the past week as little rain fell on the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/23/environment/us-drought-deepens-minnesota-gets-drier?refid=0 Thu, 23 Aug 2012 10:15:07 -0500 West Nile virus cases on the rise in Minnesota The Minnesota Department of Health says the number of human cases of West Nile virus in the state this year has increased to 27, up from 20 on Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/22/health/west-nile-virus-cases-on-the-rise-in-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 22 Aug 2012 15:31:31 -0500 Regional water project begins limited operation A much delayed project is now providing water in neighboring states, but it's still unclear whether Minnesota will benefit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/21/environment/lews-clark-water?refid=0 Tue, 21 Aug 2012 04:00:00 -0500 On Minn., SD border, ceremony marks Dakota war One-hundred-fifty years after the government exiled most Dakota from Minnesota following the U.S. Dakota War of 1862, more than 250 people made a symbolic return to the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/17/news/dakota-war-anniversary?refid=0 Fri, 17 Aug 2012 16:15:58 -0500 Lonely outpost marks US-Dakota War's start It was 150 years ago today that four angry Dakota Indians killed several settlers near the tiny town of Acton, Minn. Within a day, the Lower Sioux Agency had been overrun and an unprecedented war between the Dakota and U.S. soldiers had begun. The effects of that war, which lasted just a few weeks, still reverberate in Minnesota today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/16/dakotawar-150?refid=0 Fri, 17 Aug 2012 06:00:00 -0500 Geography is destiny for crop farmers in dry year The weather, especially the drought, has been a major topic at Farmfest, the big agricultural trade show that wrapped up Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/10/business/agrculture-weather-drought?refid=0 Fri, 10 Aug 2012 05:50:00 -0500 Kurt Bills takes aim at Sen. Klobuchar, farm bill, govt. subsidies Kurt Bills, the Republican-endorsed candidate for U.S. Senate took aim at Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar on Tuesday for her support of a farm bill that recently passed the Senate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/08/politics/kurt-bills-farmfest-debate?refid=0 Wed, 08 Aug 2012 18:49:56 -0500 Corn farmers struggle to cope with rootworm resistance On top of a punishing drought, corn rootworm is adding to crop damage in parts of Minnesota and elsewhere -- even though the plants are supposed to be immune from the bug. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/03/regional/corn-rootworm?refid=0 Fri, 03 Aug 2012 16:20:58 -0500 Drought squeezes livestock producers More than half the United States is in drought, including parts of southern and western Minnesota. But even in areas where there's been enough rain, the dry weather is causing severe financial pain in Minnesota's $6 billion dollar livestock industry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/27/business/drought-livestock-production?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jul 2012 17:23:12 -0500 Drought takes toll on corn crops in southwest Minnesota In some parts of Minnesota, crops continue to deteriorate because of hot, dry weather. The worst-hit areas of southwest Minnesota have corn fields that will yield half the crop that had been expected -- or less. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/24/business/drought-crop-report?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jul 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Report show corn, soybean crops declining slowly A report released this afternoon shows continued slow decline in Minnesota's corn and soybean crops because of dry weather. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/23/business/crop-report-dbf?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jul 2012 18:27:54 -0500 Drought brings concern for crops and livestock MPR's Mark Steil speaks with Tom Crann of All Things Considered regarding the drought that affects parts of northwest, southwest and southeast Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/20/business/drought-dbf?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jul 2012 16:05:10 -0500 Minnesota crops starting to suffer from drought Drought conditions in the Midwest are intensifying and starting to affect Minnesota crops, as both corn and soybeans took a step backwards over the last week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/17/business/agriculture-drought?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jul 2012 04:00:00 -0500 'Knee-high by 4th of July' corn not good enough now "Knee high by the Fourth of July." There's no clear explanation when, where or why the phrase started. It sticks around as a simple rhyme that people love to say. But the phrase has outlived its usefulness. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/06/business/agriculture-corn-growing?refid=0 Fri, 06 Jul 2012 06:33:00 -0500 DNR checking boaters for compliance on invasive species Fines for transporting invasive species in Minnesota doubled on July 1, and DNR officers are checking boats for violations over the holiday period. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/04/environment/invasive-species?refid=0 Wed, 04 Jul 2012 11:56:43 -0500 Minnesota's corn crop looks promising Recent rains have boosted Minnesota corn farmers' prospects for 2012 and drought conditions elsewhere could drive up the prices they will be able to get this fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/29/business/corn-crop-expectations?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jun 2012 16:22:47 -0500 Three charged in meat theft Three people have been charged with stealing $1.6 million in meat over several years from a southwest Minnesota packing plant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/27/crime/meat-theft?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jun 2012 17:50:27 -0500 Le Sueur City Council declines to act against bioenergy plant A dispute over a proposed bioenergy plant in Le Sueur could be headed to court after the city council refused to block the facility. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/26/politics/le-sueur-bioenergy-plant?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jun 2012 16:15:09 -0500 Debate over hog stalls rages Minnesota's $2.5 billion hog industry is on the defensive, with farmers under growing pressure to change how they raise pigs. At issue is the widespread practice of housing pregnant sows in stalls http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/25/business/agriculture-hog-stall-debate?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jun 2012 18:05:18 -0500 Hail destroys crops in southern Minn. A Monday evening hail storm caused widespread crop damage in southern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/20/weather/hail-destroys-crops?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jun 2012 15:54:54 -0500 Judge sides with Gevo in corn patent suit The company that converted a southwest Minnesota ethanol plant to production of a corn-derived industrial chemical has won an early victory in a court fight with a competitor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/20/news/gevo-patent-suit?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jun 2012 12:08:48 -0500 Heavy May rainfall leads to more pollution in Minn. rivers Minnesota state agencies and environmental groups have made reducing farm field runoff into fields a major priority. But the task will be difficult, if the record May rains are any indication. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/13/environment/rain-farm-runoff-river-pollution?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jun 2012 16:35:32 -0500 Regatta brings windsurfers from Midwest to compete Windsurfers from around the Midwest compete in a regatta this weekend in southwestern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/09/sport/windsurfing-regatta?refid=0 Sat, 09 Jun 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Crop insurance subsidies questioned With a new farm bill possibly reaching the U.S. Senate floor next week, an environmental group wants Congress to cut crop insurance subsidies when it takes up the legislation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/31/politics/crop-insurance-subsidies?refid=0 Thu, 31 May 2012 16:53:41 -0500 Gevo begins isobutanol production A Colorado company has started the first commercial production of a corn-based alternative to ethanol at a converted plant in southwest Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/24/gevo-isobutanol?refid=0 Thu, 24 May 2012 16:05:38 -0500 Corn crop could hit record, but also depress prices Minnesota's corn crop is off to a good start and could contribute to a record U.S. harvest. But uncertainty over prices has farmers wondering if a bountiful harvest might cost them more than they can sell their corn for. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/24/corn-crop-outlook?refid=0 Thu, 24 May 2012 15:43:29 -0500 Farmer faces charges over raw dairy Southern Minnesota dairy farmer Michael Hartmann and three others face criminal charges linked to an earlier investigation of sales of raw milk and other unpasteurized dairy products. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/18/crime-raw-dairy-farmer-charges?refid=0 Fri, 18 May 2012 12:16:14 -0500 Proposal approved for controversial granite quarry The Big Stone County board has approved a controversial granite quarry proposal near Ortonville. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/01/proposal-approved-for-controversial-granite-quarry?refid=0 Tue, 01 May 2012 17:41:14 -0500 Lowering barriers to a reliable car To hold a job you have to get to work, so "car guy" Dan Jones focuses on putting low-income people behind the wheel of cheap cars. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/01/ground-level-getting-there-carguy?refid=0 Tue, 01 May 2012 00:00:00 -0500 With favorable conditions, nearly half of corn crops planted With favorable weather most of last week, Minnesota farmers have planted nearly half their corn as the pace of spring planting continues ahead of normal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/30/corn-crop-planted?refid=0 Mon, 30 Apr 2012 17:09:50 -0500 Franken: Bill could keep rural post offices open Legislation on its way to the U.S. House includes a moratorium on rural post office closings, which could keep dozens operating in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/26/government-postal-service?refid=0 Thu, 26 Apr 2012 16:08:31 -0500 Ethanol plant lists first-quarter loss as subsidy ends In what could be a bellwether for the industry, low ethanol prices and high production costs contributed to a big first-quarter loss for the owner of an ethanol plant in northwest Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/26/energy-ethanol-prices?refid=0 Thu, 26 Apr 2012 15:51:28 -0500 Study finds organic yields trail conventional farming methods A new study published today in Nature, the international weekly journal of science, concludes that organic farming methods produce less food per acre than conventional practices. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/25/study-organic-conventional-farming?refid=0 Wed, 25 Apr 2012 18:19:49 -0500 Ali Bernard loses in Olympic qualifier New Ulm wrestler Ali Bernard fell short in her attempt to return to the Olympics this summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/23/ali-bernard-olympic-qualifier?refid=0 Mon, 23 Apr 2012 17:16:33 -0500 Ali Bernard to represent Minn. in women's Olympic wrestling tryouts An Olympic athlete from New Ulm resumes her quest for a gold medal this weekend. Ali Bernard, 26, is the only woman from Minnesota to qualify for the U.S. women's wrestling team tryouts in Iowa City this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/20/ali-sue-bernard-wrestler?refid=0 Fri, 20 Apr 2012 15:37:47 -0500 Spring plant on track for Minn. farmers The latest crop report says through last Sunday farmers had planted 56 percent of their spring wheat. One year ago none of the crop was in the ground. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/18/spring-plant-on-track-for-minnesota-farmers?refid=0 Wed, 18 Apr 2012 14:39:57 -0500 Spring planting picks up, but some farmers hold off The pace of spring planting is picking up across Minnesota now that an important deadline for crop insurance coverage has passed. But the push to plant the state's $7 billion corn probably won't be the all-out rush expected a few weeks ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/11/farmers-spring-planting?refid=0 Wed, 11 Apr 2012 17:35:12 -0500 Raise interest rates to improve economy, says head of Mpls. Fed The head of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank said improving economic conditions could accelerate when the Fed pushes interest rates higher. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/10/kocherlakota-raise-interest-rates?refid=0 Tue, 10 Apr 2012 19:59:33 -0500 Warning for fire risk in effect The National Weather Service is warning Minnesota residents that fire conditions could be high through Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/06/fire-risk-warning?refid=0 Fri, 06 Apr 2012 17:25:33 -0500 Isobutanol a lifeline for struggling Minn. ethanol plants? A major conversion to a Minnesota ethanol plant in a couple of months could spark change for the state's $3 billion ethanol industry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/05/isobutanol-conversion-ethanol?refid=0 Thu, 05 Apr 2012 04:00:00 -0500 EPA registers suppliers of 15% ethanol fuel The Environmental Protection Agency this week started registering suppliers, but gasoline sellers say it could be some time before gasoline with 15 percent ethanol sees wide distribution. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/03/ethanol-fuel-suppliers?refid=0 Tue, 03 Apr 2012 16:57:12 -0500 MN farmers expected to plant more corn The U.S. Department of Agriculture forecasts Minnesota farmers will plant 7 percent more corn this year, but soybean and wheat acres will decline. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/30/minnesota-farmers-expected-to-plant-more-corn?refid=0 Fri, 30 Mar 2012 15:58:32 -0500 Farmers get an early start, but not too early Mid-March is generally a time when snow still covers this high ground along the Buffalo Ridge in southwestern Minnesota. But this year, all the past rules about spring weather seem to have disappeared. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/30/early-spring-vignette-farming?refid=0 Fri, 30 Mar 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Farmers enjoy strong year despite price drop Farmers had another strong financial year in 2011 according to study of about 2,400 farms across the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/28/farmers-strong-year?refid=0 Wed, 28 Mar 2012 16:53:09 -0500 Sierra Club official responds to wind turbine guidelines An official with the Sierra club responded to the new voluntary guidelines to protect birds at wind power sites. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/23/sierra-club-wind-turbines?refid=0 Fri, 23 Mar 2012 19:57:52 -0500 Milan wildfire could hint to risks ahead Getting a taste of what may be ahead, firefighters Monday battled a wildfire which destroyed several buildings near Milan in southwest Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/21/milan-wildfire?refid=0 Wed, 21 Mar 2012 18:21:53 -0500 Underdog team's championship season brought purpose to underdog in life The Minnesota boys' state high school basketball tournament celebrates its 100th year this week with games that start today. In that long history is a memorable win that came 42 years ago this evening, when a team from tiny Sherburn in southwestern Minnesota knocked off metro powerhouse South St. Paul for the championship. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/21/sherburn-high-school-basketball?refid=0 Wed, 21 Mar 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Slow moving water supply project nears completion in south Minn. A shortfall in federal funding has slowed construction of a massive water supply system for southwest Minnesota and other areas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/15/lewis-clark-water-project?refid=0 Thu, 15 Mar 2012 16:20:08 -0500 Experts urge EPA action on threats to corn crops Nearly two dozen insect experts have signed a letter to the EPA urging action on an emerging threat to corn crops. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/12/experts-urge-epa-action-on-root-worm-monsanto-gmo-threats-to-corn-crops?refid=0 Mon, 12 Mar 2012 15:31:48 -0500 Why are beef prices on the rise? Each week we check in with one of our reporters who's based outside the Twin Cities, to find out what's going on in their area. Today, Mark Steil fills us in about the southwestern part of Minnesota. One of the stories he's been following is the big jump in beef prices at the grocery store. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/08/steil_debrief?refid=0 Thu, 08 Mar 2012 08:54:11 -0600 SW Minn. man pleads guilty to killing cougar A Jackson County resident has pleaded guilty to illegally shooting a cougar in southwest Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/05/cougar-killing-guilty-plea?refid=0 Mon, 05 Mar 2012 14:58:19 -0600 Worthington builds on bioscience niche In Worthington, economic development officials are trying to build on a small but growing biosciences niche. It's been a long haul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/02/ground-level-entrepreneur-worth?refid=0 Fri, 02 Mar 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Ethanol industry lurches in wake of lost subsidy, oversupply After predicting they would survive the end of a major federal subsidy without problems, officials at the nation's ethanol producers may have been too optimistic. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/28/ethanol-subsidy-loss?refid=0 Tue, 28 Feb 2012 06:35:00 -0600 Winter drought prompts MN farmers to hedge spring bets Minnesota farmers are still a couple of months away from spring planting, but already the dry soil conditions are raising concerns about this summer's crops. As they hope for anything wet to fall on their fields, nearly the entire state is experiencing a moderate to severe drought. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/19/winter-drought?refid=0 Mon, 20 Feb 2012 06:01:00 -0600 Seed scarcity could stall corn farmers eager to plant After a year of extraordinary profits pushed by high corn prices, Minnesota farmers are looking forward to planting season. But hopes of another strong season may be threatened by a scarcity of seed corn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/10/corn-seed-scarcity?refid=0 Fri, 10 Feb 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Labor Dept. backs off new limit on child farm labor The U.S. Department of Labor has reversed course on a proposed rule that would have limited the sorts of work children are allowed to perform on farms. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/02/child-agriculture-labor?refid=0 Thu, 02 Feb 2012 16:19:05 -0600 Santorum leads GOP presidential candidates into Minnesota Rick Santorum is the first Republican White House hopeful to bring his campaign to Minnesota ahead of the state's caucuses on Feb. 7, with a stop Monday evening in Luverne. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/31/santorum-luverne?refid=0 Tue, 31 Jan 2012 06:50:49 -0600 Wind power industry could lose sails if key subsidy is not renewed Minnesota's wind power production capacity grew by more than 500 megawatts last year. This year could be just as good, with just as much turbine construction as in 2011. But if Congress declines to renew a key federal subsidy for wind energy — the industry could nose-dive in 2013. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/30/wind-power-production?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jan 2012 16:20:25 -0600 Man charged with killing cougar A southwest Minnesota man has been charged with illegally shooting a cougar in Jackson County in late November. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/27/man-sentenced-for-killing-cougar?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jan 2012 18:11:42 -0600 Next farm bill could include big changes On Wednesday, we check in with one of our reporters who's based outside the Twin Cities to find out what's going on in their part of Minnesota. Today MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Mark Steil in Worthington. One of the stories he's been following is this year's proposed federal farm bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/25/steil2?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jan 2012 09:17:02 -0600 As state expands broadband reach, some content without The state is using more than $200 million to expand access to high-speed broadband, mostly in rural parts of the state. But some don't want it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/17/rural-broadband?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jan 2012 15:54:47 -0600 Drought hurt Minn. crops more than first thought Poor weather last year reduced the size of the Minnesota harvest more than previously estimated. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/12/drought-hurt-minnesota-crops-more-than-first-thought?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jan 2012 14:30:18 -0600 USDA will close 7 offices in Minnesota Seven Minnesota offices of the U.S. Agriculture Department will close, including a food safety office in Minneapolis which serves five states. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/10/minn-usda?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jan 2012 18:02:33 -0600 WWII Medal of Honor recipient laid to rest Saturday Funeral services are tomorrow in Duluth for the last living Medal of Honor recipient in Minnesota. Mike Colalillo earned the honor during World War II. The West Duluth resident died last week at the age of 86. Nearly four years ago, Colalillo spoke with MPR's Mark Steil about his experiences during World War II. Steil's original report aired in January 2008. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/28/medalhonor?refid=0 Fri, 06 Jan 2012 16:30:18 -0600 Biodiesel a concern as renewable fuel subsidies end Representatives of the well-established corn ethanol industry say their business will do just fine without expiring federal subsidies, but those in the still-developing biodiesel sector are concerned. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/30/biodiesel-ethanol-renewable-fuel-subsidies?refid=0 Fri, 30 Dec 2011 14:04:55 -0600 Strong farm economy rolls along The nation's struggling economy is making tentative steps toward recovery, but still has a ways to go to catch the high-flying agricultural sector. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/22/agricultural-sector-properous?refid=0 Thu, 22 Dec 2011 04:00:00 -0600 Cargill Ark. plant back online after salmonella contamination Cargill has resumed ground turkey production at a plant in Arkansas after a three-month shutdown because of contamination from an anti-biotic resistant form of salmonella. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/19/cargill-turkey-plant?refid=0 Mon, 19 Dec 2011 14:09:31 -0600 M.F. Global's missing money affects Minn. farmers On Wednesdays we check in with one of our reporters who's based outside the Twin Cities, to find out what's going on in their part of Minnesota. Today MPR's Cathy Wurzer talks with Mark Steil in Worthington. One of the stories he's been following is the fallout for Minnesota from the MF Global bankruptcy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/14/farmers?refid=0 Wed, 14 Dec 2011 09:04:58 -0600 Latinos lead charge of new small businesses in Minn. As Minnesota's Latino population grows, the number of Latino-owned businesses in Minnesota has also risen steadily -- at nearly double the rate of overall business growth in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/12/latino-businesses?refid=0 Mon, 12 Dec 2011 15:52:58 -0600 Farmland prices near record rates Minnesota farmland prices are rising at near record rates, according to recent estimates. Some officials say the higher prices reflect a strong agricultural economy. Others are concerned that land prices could be the next real estate bubble. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/08/farmland-price-rates?refid=0 Thu, 08 Dec 2011 04:00:00 -0600 Record drought causes concern for next year's crops The driest fall on record in parts of Minnesota already has farmers concerned about next year's crops. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/02/record-drought-crops?refid=0 Sat, 03 Dec 2011 06:00:00 -0600 EPA faults Monsanto in rootworm cases The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is criticizing Monsanto for its handling of cases of damage to corn crops by rootworm. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/01/epa-rootworm-monsanto?refid=0 Thu, 01 Dec 2011 12:28:15 -0600 Ethanol company agrees to fine for pollution violations A Minnesota ethanol company pleaded guilty and will pay more than $750,000 in fines and penalties to settle state and federal pollution violations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/23/ethanol-company-fined-violations?refid=0 Wed, 23 Nov 2011 20:43:35 -0600 Closing post offices latest hardship for Minn. small towns Seven small town Minnesota post offices are scheduled to close for good today and tomorrow, the latest setback for towns which have seen a steady exit of community institutions over the years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/18/closing-post-offices-in-rural-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 18 Nov 2011 04:00:00 -0600 Grain traders get tied up in MF Global bankruptcy Fallout from the collapse of MF Global is spreading worldwide, including to grain elevators and commodity traders in Minnesota, who have had funds frozen that the grain traders say they need to stay in business. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/10/mf-global-bankruptcy?refid=0 Thu, 10 Nov 2011 17:57:59 -0600 Grain elevators operators dragged down by MF Global woes, Some Minnesota grain elevators have found themselves dragged by the bankruptcy of MF Global. The two are linked by grain futures contracts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/09/grain-elevators-operators-dragged-down-by-mf-global-woes-?refid=0 Wed, 09 Nov 2011 19:15:54 -0600 USDA downgrads Minn.'s soybean, corn crop Minnesota farmers saw this year's weather problems reflected in the U.S. Department of Agriculture reduced harvest estimate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/09/crop-report?refid=0 Wed, 09 Nov 2011 13:00:24 -0600 Drought will hurt crop yields Minnesota Public Radio's Mark Steil reports on the news in southwestern Minnesota. One of the stories he's been following is a new report out this morning from the U.S. Agriculture Department. It's the agency's latest estimate of the size of the harvest. And he has news about a town where no one, apparently, wants to run for office. He checked in with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/09/steil_debrief?refid=0 Wed, 09 Nov 2011 08:29:11 -0600 Quick turn to dry weather helps, hurts farmland Much of Minnesota has gone from too wet to too dry, as spring floods have given way to fall drought. The quick turn to dry conditions this summer helped and hurt farmers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/08/dry-weather-conditions-farmers?refid=0 Tue, 08 Nov 2011 04:00:00 -0600 Some worried jump in farmland price could be next real estate bubble Home values continue to fall in Minnesota, but the value of farmland has rapidly grown, spurred by very profitable grain prices. Now, vigorous debate abounds over whether agricultural land is another real estate bubble waiting to be burst. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/24/farmland-real-estate-bubble?refid=0 Mon, 24 Oct 2011 14:00:00 -0500 Organic farmers rebound after recession-driven drop in demand The industry is not as strong as it was a few years ago, and no one knows if organic sales will return to the double-digit growth of the pre-recession years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/17/organic-farmers-rebound?refid=0 Mon, 17 Oct 2011 12:15:11 -0500 USDA: Sept. frost did less crop damage than first thought The U.S. Department of Agriculture's latest harvest estimate for Minnesota shows the September frost may not have caused as much damage as first feared. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/12/september-frost-crops?refid=0 Wed, 12 Oct 2011 11:55:06 -0500 Cargill more aggressive in fighting meat contamination Cargill, the Minnesota-based food processor, is still dealing with a recent outbreak of salmonella contamination in some of its ground turkey products. The company's response to the contamination is getting high marks, and could change the way the meat processing industry operates. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/06/cargill-meat-recall?refid=0 Thu, 06 Oct 2011 17:22:58 -0500 USDA certifies Minn. free of bovine TB The U.S. Department of Agriculture has certified that Minnesota has no bovine tuberculosis anywhere in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/05/usda-certifies-minnesota-free-of-bovine-tb?refid=0 Wed, 05 Oct 2011 15:28:33 -0500 Rep. Peterson wants new dairy subsidies A drop in milk exports could mean troubled times ahead for dairy farmers, and Minnesota Rep. Collin Peterson says they need new protection against market instability. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/05/peterson-dairy-subsidies?refid=0 Wed, 05 Oct 2011 13:54:38 -0500 Farmer charged with destroying pelican nests, chicks A farmer in southwestern Minnesota faces charges that he destroyed more than 1,000 federally protected pelican nests last spring, on land he rents near the town of Minnesota Lake. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/05/pelican-nests-destroyed?refid=0 Wed, 05 Oct 2011 10:48:55 -0500 Study casts doubt on alternative ethanol fuel's viability A report released early today paints a gloomy future for cellulosic ethanol, saying that the renewable fuel is unlikely to become a major source of energy for the U.S. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/03/study-development-lags-cellulosic-ethanol-fuel?refid=0 Tue, 04 Oct 2011 08:31:00 -0500 Two major hog thefts leave authorities flummoxed About 600 pigs were stolen in Kandiyohi County in August. This month about 150 hogs disappeared from a Nicollet County farm. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/28/hog-theft?refid=0 Wed, 28 Sep 2011 11:47:25 -0500 Farmer charged with improper sale of untreated millk A Minnesota farmer will be arraigned Wednesday on misdemeanor charges for illegally selling unpasteurized milk. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/27/farmer-charged-improper-sale-untreated-millk?refid=0 Tue, 27 Sep 2011 14:54:37 -0500 Pest resurgence casts doubts on benefits of modified corn Corn pest resurgence leads to debate about the role of genetically modified corn, and casts doubts on benefits of one of the nation's most popular seed lines. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/20/pest-resurgence-casts-doubts-on-benefits-of-modified-corn?refid=0 Tue, 20 Sep 2011 04:00:00 -0500 USDA slightly lowers Minn. corn crop estimate The U.S. Department of Agriculture reduced its estimate of the size of the Minnesota corn crop slightly in its latest forecast, but increased the outlook for soybeans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/12/corn-crop-estimate?refid=0 Mon, 12 Sep 2011 12:46:53 -0500 Monsanto responds to reports of resistant pests Monsanto is responding to growing reports of an insect's resistance to one of the company's genetically modified corn varieties, said a company executive. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/08/monsanto-responds-to-reports-of-resistant-pests?refid=0 Thu, 08 Sep 2011 14:15:42 -0500 Family sues farmer; claims son sickened from E. coli in raw milk The family of a young child is suing a farmer whose raw milk food products were traced to an outbreak of E. coli. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/07/e-coli-raw-milk-lawsuit?refid=0 Wed, 07 Sep 2011 15:03:56 -0500 USDA may force meatpackers to disclose pricing practices The U.S. Department of Agriculture is considering new regulations to force meatpackers to disclose more information on how they set prices for livestock. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/05/usda-meatpackers-pricing?refid=0 Tue, 06 Sep 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Rise of rootworm linked to more acreage planted with GMO corn The presence of corn rootworms is on the rise again, as the pests apparently are becoming resistant to genetically modified corn. One factor contributing to the resurgence of rootworm is a drop in farmer compliance with provisions calling for them to plant part of their land with non-genetically modified corn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/05/corn-pest-resistant-to-gm-crop?refid=0 Mon, 05 Sep 2011 05:00:00 -0500 County considers smoking ban for health of residents, buildings Blue Earth County is considering a smoking ban in its 84 public housing units. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/31/county-considers-smoking-ban-for-health-of-residents-buildings?refid=0 Wed, 31 Aug 2011 16:05:26 -0500 Rootworm could be resistant to genetically modified crops An insect that can fatally weaken the root system of corn crops is overcoming farmers' main line of defense against the pest, and could threaten Minnesota's nearly $5 billion corn crop. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/17/rootworm-larvae-could-be-resistant-to-toxin-in-geneticallymodified-crops?refid=0 Wed, 17 Aug 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Corn, soybean harvests to fall shorter this year Minnesota's corn and soybean harvests are forecast to fall well short of last year's crops, according to the U.S. Agriculture Department. The USDA predicts poor weather will cut the soybean yield by 11 percent, and corn by 6 percent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/11/crop-report?refid=0 Thu, 11 Aug 2011 16:01:01 -0500 Minnesota crops 'variable' due to varied summer weather Uneven growth of corn in Minnesota farm fields has sparked a lot of speculation this summer about the condition of the state's major crops, valued at more than $12 billion. Too much rain, followed by too hot weather, has taken a toll on fields across the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/10/crop-report-preview?refid=0 Wed, 10 Aug 2011 17:22:10 -0500 At Farmfest, talk is about govt. farm policies Farming is profitable now and some sectors are experiencing record profits. But many farmers are still uneasy about the future -- and much of their uncertainty has to do with government farm policies. Attendees at the annual Farmfest show in Redwood Falls echoed those sentiments. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/02/farmfest-dayton?refid=0 Tue, 02 Aug 2011 14:58:09 -0500 Cities could raise property tax to make up for state budget cuts Many city leaders say the state's budget will force them to raise property taxes next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/29/cities-could-raise-property-tax-to-make-up-for-state-budget-cuts?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jul 2011 19:44:23 -0500 Report: Property taxes to go up most in south-central Minnesota It's been a week since a new budget was signed into law for the state of Minnesota, and we're still looking at how that budget is being implemented. Cities and counties around Minnesota predict property tax hikes and service cuts, because of the new state budget. The budget freezes state aid to local governments - locking in for the next two years cuts made during the Pawlenty administration. A report from the State House research department estimates those local governments together will raise property taxes by some $376 million as a result. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/27/steil?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jul 2011 10:48:41 -0500 New Ulm B&B fire that killed 6 started by candles Investigators say a fire that killed six people at a bed-and-breakfast in New Ulm was started by candles left unattended on a front porch. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/25/new-ulm-fire-candles?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jul 2011 10:08:51 -0500 USDA proposal could help small livestock farmers The U.S. Department of Agriculture is considering new regulations to force meatpackers to disclose more information on how they set prices for livestock. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/15/usda-regulation-livestock-prices?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jul 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Thunderstorm damages wind turbines in Lincoln County A severe thunderstorm last week damaged at least six wind turbines and some homes in Lincoln County. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/06/lincoln-county-storm?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jul 2011 17:33:39 -0500 Lawmaker gets earful along parade route Republican Sen. Dave Senjem heard yells of "get back to work" at a parade yesterday in the southern Minnesota community of Blooming Prairie. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/04/shutdown-parade-reaction?refid=0 Mon, 04 Jul 2011 21:00:00 -0500 Corn prices drop on prospect of ample harvest U.S. and Minnesota farmers have planted more corn than expected and the prospect of an ample harvest is driving prices sharply lower. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/30/corn-prices-drop?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jun 2011 12:49:26 -0500 Crops growing slowly, but expected to catch up The growth of Minnesota crops are behind where they should be for this time of year, agriculture officials say. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/28/crop-growth-slow-weather?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jun 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Minnesota's ethanol industry faces uncertain future Not only has ethanol production stalled out in the United States and taken at least a symbolic blow in Congress, what once was billed as the next generation in making ethanol has been slower to build than expected. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/27/ethanol-landscape?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jun 2011 13:19:44 -0500 Farmers cope with heavy rain and flooding Heavy rains over the past couple of days have caused rivers to rise, flooded some farm fields, and caused power outages. The storm is moving out today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/22/steil_debrief?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jun 2011 11:17:19 -0500 In Nicollet County, shutdown could take heavy toll If you want a sense of how nervous Minnesotans might be getting over the pending state government shutdown, Nicollet County is a good place to start. The county has a larger share of state workers than any other in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/16/nicollet-county-shutdown?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jun 2011 03:00:00 -0500 Family and friends remember soldier from Madelia, Minn. killed in Iraq Family and friends are mourning the death of a 2009 Madelia High School graduate who was killed in Iraq, though the Defense Department has not yet said how or when Campo died. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/08/madelia-soldier-killed?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jun 2011 16:00:41 -0500 Remains of Minn. airman recovered in Laos The Defense Department has identified remains found in Laos as those of a Vietnam War Air Force pilot from Browns Valley. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/07/soldier-remains?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jun 2011 16:36:49 -0500 The outlook for Minnesota crops is finally sunny A turn in the weather has allowed Minnesota farmers to plant 95 percent of their corn crops and 75 percent of their soybeans. The outlook for the fall harvest is good. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/06/farm-outlook?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jun 2011 05:00:00 -0500 The Humphrey Minnesota knows took shape in S.D. Hubert Humphrey is a political icon in Minnesota, but he was born 100 years ago -- May 27, 1911 -- in South Dakota, where his small hometown of Doland still fondly remembers its favorite son. As he climbed the political ladder, Humphrey remembered his roots in Doland -- a place that instilled in him the values that would define him and steer him toward public service. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/26/hhh-birthday?refid=0 Thu, 26 May 2011 15:23:27 -0500 Some small towns may be losing a community icon -- their post offices As many as 2,000 small-town post offices could close in the next few years, including 10 in Minnesota. Technology may have revolutionized communication, but it is making life tough for the U.S. Postal Service. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/23/small-town-post-offices?refid=0 Wed, 25 May 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Warmer weather is good news for Minnesota farmers Minnesota farmers may have turned the corner on what has been a frustrating spring planting season so far. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with reporter Mark Steil about that and other agricultural issues in his area of southwestern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/18/steil-ag-debrief?refid=0 Wed, 18 May 2011 10:07:03 -0500 Who's to blame for sediment choking Lake Pepin? A new MPCA report essentially blames farmers for the sediment that is choking Lake Pepin, a wide part of the Mississippi River. But some farmers and researchers say more precipitation is to blame. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/12/lake-pepin?refid=0 Thu, 12 May 2011 16:15:02 -0500 Xcel, former partner in wind farm project trade lawsuits In court documents, Xcel says enXco failed to resolve regulatory concerns involving federally protected birds, like the whooping crane and the piping plover which might be harmed by the wind farm. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/05/xcel-lawsuit?refid=0 Thu, 05 May 2011 19:04:12 -0500 Spring planting moving ahead Minnesota farmers are finding the best field conditions of the spring this week, and planting activity is ramping up across the state. /collections/special/columns/statewide/archive/2011/05/spring-planting-moving-ahead.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 05 May 2011 15:58:14 -0500 Meat prices expected to rise on increased hog, cattle cost Higher hog and cattle prices are expected to increase grocery store meat prices sharply this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/25/food-inflation?refid=0 Mon, 25 Apr 2011 12:16:07 -0500 MSU, Mankato president OKs killing three athletic programs Budget cuts claim men's and women's swimming and women's bowling as school looks for $3 million in savings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/21/msu-mankato-budget-sports?refid=0 Thu, 21 Apr 2011 15:59:07 -0500 From Republican district, a plea to be spared from cuts Many first-year Republicans in the Minnesota Legislature say they won't give in to Gov. Mark Dayton's call to raise taxes on the wealthy. But today, two new lawmakers from Republican districts found people are more concerned about budget cuts than tax hikes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/19/rural-southwestern-minnesota-constituents-concerned-about-budget-cuts?refid=0 Tue, 19 Apr 2011 16:51:03 -0500 Once untouchable, farm subsidies may be on the chopping block With both farm profits and federal budget deficits soaring, even strong congressional supporters of farm subsidies say cuts are coming in the 2012 budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/18/farm-subsidies?refid=0 Mon, 18 Apr 2011 16:20:57 -0500 Elk Run investor still confident in project's completion The investor behind the delayed Elk Run biobusiness park in southeast Minnesota says he's still confident the hi-tech venture will be built. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/08/elk-run-investor-steve-burrill?refid=0 Fri, 08 Apr 2011 16:54:13 -0500 Cattle herds in NW Minn. free of bovine tuberculosis, officials say After a six-year eradication effort, the state veterinarian says cattle herds in northwest Minnesota are free of bovine tuberculosis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/08/bovine-tuberculosis?refid=0 Fri, 08 Apr 2011 12:23:44 -0500 Farmers in Minn. tripled their income last year Based on a survey of 2,500 farms, the average farmer made almost $120,000. Rising grain and livestock prices were the main reason for the fat profits. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/07/farm-income?refid=0 Thu, 07 Apr 2011 17:20:29 -0500 Xcel Energy pulls out of wind farm plan over rare bird concerns The whooping crane and piping plover puts plans for the $400 million, 150-megawatt Merricourt Wind Project on hold. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/06/xcel-windpower-dispute?refid=0 Thu, 07 Apr 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Second crest to cause problems to communities along Minnesota River The predicted second crest of the Minnesota River will cause problems for residents of two southwest Minnesota communities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/04/minnesota-river-floods?refid=0 Mon, 04 Apr 2011 13:40:23 -0500 Small town's church bell rings in mourning for itself The United Methodist Church in Ceylon will hold its last service on Sunday, a victim of the population decline in rural and southern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/01/ceylon-church-closing?refid=0 Fri, 01 Apr 2011 16:16:00 -0500 Corn prices surge on news of shrinking supply Corn prices surged 5 percent Thursday after the U.S. Agriculture Department said the nation's corn supply is shrinking. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/31/corn-prices?refid=0 Thu, 31 Mar 2011 15:57:27 -0500 First crest ebbs, but flooding not over for southwest Minnesota Most rivers across southwest Minnesota continue to fall this morning as the first of what may be a two-crest flooding season ebbs. So far the damage in that region has been much less than expected. However, the extended flood season could have impacts on spring planting and crop yields. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/30/steil-debrief?refid=0 Wed, 30 Mar 2011 09:49:05 -0500 SW Minn. plant to switch from ethanol production to isobutanol Gevo will be the first company in the nation to make isobutanol from a renewable source. Its main advantage over ethanol is that it can be sold for more uses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/28/gevo-ethanol-isobutanol?refid=0 Mon, 28 Mar 2011 03:00:00 -0500 Bill would allow expanded sales of raw dairy products State Sen. Sean Nienow, R-Cambridge, said raw milk drinkers accept the risk of illnesses linked to the product in exchange for a product they say is healthier than pasteurized milk. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/10/raw-milk-legislation?refid=0 Thu, 10 Mar 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Ethanol plant receives temporary reprieve Heron Lake BioEnergy, a southwest Minnesota ethanol plant in financial trouble, has been given a two-month extension on its line of credit. /collections/special/columns/statewide/archive/2011/03/southwest-minnesota-ethanol-plant-gets-loan-extension.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 08 Mar 2011 12:27:25 -0600 DOT nears snow plowing record The snowy winter is costing the Minnesota Department of Transportation a lot of money for plowing operations. /collections/special/columns/statewide/archive/2011/03/dot-nears-snow-plowing-record.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 07 Mar 2011 06:31:57 -0600 Budget-cutting fever puts ethanol subsidies at risk As lawmakers look for places to cut spending, federal support for ethanol could become a tempting target. The U.S. Government Accountability Office says ethanol subsidies cost taxpayers billions of dollars and are not necessary. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/04/ethanol-subsidies?refid=0 Fri, 04 Mar 2011 16:12:01 -0600 USDA: Food prices to spike up to 4 pct. in 2011 Food prices are expected to rise as much as 4 percent this year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Meat prices will show some of the biggest gains. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/24/food-prices?refid=0 Thu, 24 Feb 2011 16:07:18 -0600 Increase in natural gas production could slow interest in Minn. wind power Minnesota is the nation's fourth largest producer of wind energy, but a potential game-changing development in natural gas production could erode interest in wind power. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/21/mining-natural-gas-fracking?refid=0 Tue, 22 Feb 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Minnesota River valley residents prepare for spring floods Right now, the spring flood outlook looks manageable, but city officials in the area say more snow, heavy rain and a quick melt could push the water far past what's currently forecast. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/08/minnesota-river-flooding-preparations?refid=0 Tue, 08 Feb 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Snow plowing costs at record pace The orange colored state snow plow trucks have been out in force this winter and that's adding up to a big bill for clearing roads. /collections/special/columns/statewide/archive/2011/02/snow-plowing-costs-at-record-pace.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 04 Feb 2011 14:13:59 -0600 Farmer in raw dairy case due for contempt of court hearing Dairy farmer Michael Hartmann of Gibbon in southern Minnesota is accused of selling contaminated raw milk that sickened 15 people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/31/hartmann-contempt-of-court?refid=0 Mon, 31 Jan 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Minn. lawmakers want to ease limits on raw milk sales Three GOP state senators are proposing legislation to legalize most sales of raw milk in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/27/raw-milk-bill?refid=0 Fri, 28 Jan 2011 00:00:00 -0600 Minn. wind energy capacity rises 22 percent Minnesota moved up a notch in U.S. wind power rankings last year, increasing its wind energy production capacity 22 percent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/25/wind-power-capacity?refid=0 Tue, 25 Jan 2011 12:39:17 -0600 Ethanol gets a victory with approval of E15 blend Nearly two-thirds of drivers could have more corn-based ethanol in their fuel tanks under an Environmental Protection Agency decision Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/21/more-ethanol-in-cars?refid=0 Fri, 21 Jan 2011 11:39:41 -0600 Report: Minn. needs to close high-tech jobs gap Minnesota is lagging behind other states when it comes to creating new high-technology jobs, according to a new report out this week. The report calls for $20 million in state money over the next two years to address the problem. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/17/technology-jobs?refid=0 Mon, 17 Jan 2011 22:18:59 -0600 State wants dairy farmer Hartmann held in contempt The Minnesota Department of Agriculture says Michael Hartmann has ignored department and court orders banning the sale or use of hundreds of unpasteurized dairy products at his farm. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/14/michael-hartmann-farm--raw-milk-embargo-contempt?refid=0 Fri, 14 Jan 2011 03:00:00 -0600 High crop prices lead to concerns over food prices In the volatile world of farm commodities, all it takes these days is a little surprise to send grain prices a lot higher. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/13/crop-grain-prices-food?refid=0 Thu, 13 Jan 2011 03:00:00 -0600 High grain prices fuel record prices for farmland The price of farmland in the Upper Midwest begins the new year at record levels, with no sign of a peak yet. High grain prices are giving farmers lots of cash and they're spending it on their favorite asset. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/05/farm-land-record-prices?refid=0 Wed, 05 Jan 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Pardon sought for Dakota warrior hanged in Mankato Sunday is the 148th anniversary of the hanging of 38 Dakota warriors in Mankato. At least one of the 38 was hanged by mistake. Now there's an effort to have him pardoned. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/24/dakota-warrior-hanged-chaska-pardon?refid=0 Fri, 24 Dec 2010 03:00:00 -0600 New documentary remembers largest mass execution in US history The shock waves of the largest mass execution in U.S. history still reverberate today among the Dakota people, and a new documentary film remembers the 38 Dakota warriors who were hanged from a single scaffold in Mankato. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/22/dakota-conflict?refid=0 Thu, 23 Dec 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Judge rules farmer's raw milk products caused E. coli outbreak A state judge has ruled that a southern Minnesota dairy farm was the source of an E. coli outbreak last spring that sickened eight people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/22/raw-milk-ruling?refid=0 Wed, 22 Dec 2010 16:17:12 -0600 Christmas not a joyous time for many in Pipestone The holidays won't be a happy time for the employees of a wind turbine factory in Pipestone because they're losing their jobs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/22/pipestone?refid=0 Wed, 22 Dec 2010 08:33:34 -0600 Raw milk advocates push back against state officials Raw milk drinkers want the government to legalize sales of unpasteurized milk, and they're taking a wide range of positions on how to work toward that goal, everything from legislative action to civil disobedience. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/10/raw-milk-raw-dairy-advocates-hartmann-farm?refid=0 Fri, 10 Dec 2010 19:42:56 -0600 State ratchets up pressure on raw milk seller Investigators with the state Department of Agriculture are trying to determine if the operators of a southern Minnesota dairy farm at the center of a raw milk controversy are guilty of felony criminal offenses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/08/hartmann-farm-raw-milk-raid-dept-of-agriculture?refid=0 Wed, 08 Dec 2010 16:53:29 -0600 Farmer says state officials seized raw milk products The southern Minnesota farmer at the center of a controversy over raw milk sales says the state agriculture department seized dairy products produced on the farm Tuesday in the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/08/hartmann-dairy?refid=0 Wed, 08 Dec 2010 08:12:03 -0600 High grain prices lead to big profits for farmers High grain prices have led to big profits for crop producers, strengthening the farm economy while other sectors continues to struggle. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/06/agriculture-big-profits-for-farmers-high-grain-prices?refid=0 Mon, 06 Dec 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Snowplows getting ready for weekend storm Minnesota's snowplow drivers are getting ready for what looks like a substantial storm Friday into Saturday. /collections/special/columns/statewide/archive/2010/12/snowplows-get-ready.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 03 Dec 2010 09:42:52 -0600 SW Minn. man's death blamed on snowstorm Rock County Sheriff Evan Verbrugge says the victim's car slid off the road during the storm near the small town of Kenneth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/01/snowstorm-death?refid=0 Wed, 01 Dec 2010 16:24:24 -0600 One death in SW Minn. attributed to snow storm At least one death in southwest Minnesota is being blamed on this week's snow storm. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/01/snow-storm-death?refid=0 Wed, 01 Dec 2010 12:03:36 -0600 The origin of Floyd of Rosedale This Saturday is the 75th anniversary of the creation of one of college football's most famous trophies. Floyd of Rosedale goes each November to the winner of the Minnesota-Iowa game. On one level, the bronze pig is just another collegiate prize. But few people know it had its origins in a 1934 game with racial overtones. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/14_steilm_floydofrosedale/?refid=0 Sat, 27 Nov 2010 00:00:04 -0600 Prison could boost to Appleton economy A private prison closed since last January in western Minnesota may reopen. If that happens, it will be a welcome economic lift for the community of Appleton. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/17/steil?refid=0 Wed, 17 Nov 2010 08:41:17 -0600 Farm groups sue over increased ethanol requirement Several farm and food groups have sued to block a federal decision allowing the sale of 15 percent ethanol blends for late model cars and trucks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/09/ethanol-lawsuit?refid=0 Tue, 09 Nov 2010 16:46:26 -0600 Little change to ag policy, even as Peterson loses chair While Minnesota Democratic Rep. Collin Peterson is out as chair of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee, observers doubt the new face means significant change for federal farm policy. History shows it's almost immune to major new direction, no matter which party is in power. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/05/agriculture-house-committee-federal-subsidies?refid=0 Fri, 05 Nov 2010 03:00:00 -0500 2000: Winds of Hell 1940 Armistice Day blizzard traps hunters and others around the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/03/mntoday-winds-of-hell?refid=0 Wed, 03 Nov 2010 11:23:20 -0500 Walz, Demmer in tight race for Minnesota's 1st District In a contentious race in the 1st Congressional District, Republican challenger Randy Demmer says Democratic Rep. Tim Walz has hurt the district with his votes on key issues. But the latest poll in the contest shows Walz building a lead. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/01/first-district-race?refid=0 Mon, 01 Nov 2010 03:00:00 -0500 MDH: Raw dairy producer's product sickens 7 more Health officials identified Michael Hartmann's farm as the source of an outbreak of E. coli infections in May and June, and now they traced seven new cases involving different infections to the farm. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/28/raw-dairy-illnesses?refid=0 Thu, 28 Oct 2010 12:22:19 -0500 High winds too much for wind turbines Great River Energy officials say 61 turbines at the Prairie Star Wind Farm near Austin stopped operating for a time because of the powerful gusts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/27/turbines-highwinds?refid=0 Wed, 27 Oct 2010 16:19:45 -0500 Race for South Dakota's House seat a close contest The candidates in a hard-fought race for South Dakota's only seat in the U.S. House will debate Tuesday and Wednesday as polls continue to show a very close contest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/26/south-dakota-house-race?refid=0 Tue, 26 Oct 2010 17:31:12 -0500 Feds to boost spending on ethanol production The U.S. Agriculture Department will commit hundreds of millions more dollars to boost biofuels production, including ethanol. The announcement could mean big investments in Minnesota, which ranks fourth in ethanol production. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/21/ethanol-funding?refid=0 Thu, 21 Oct 2010 18:09:53 -0500 EPA approves boosting ethanol limit in gas to 15 pct. The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday gave the ethanol industry a long awaited boost, approving 15 percent ethanol blends in gasoline, up from the current limit of 10 percent. But the decision was roundly criticized. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/13/ethanol?refid=0 Wed, 13 Oct 2010 16:55:49 -0500 Good harvest and high prices to boost farmers Minnesota farmers are watching grain prices soar as they push to finish the fall harvest. Corn prices alone rose for the fourth day in a row yesterday and are up 21 percent since last week. The rally started after the size of the nation's corn harvest was scaled back. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/13/steil?refid=0 Wed, 13 Oct 2010 10:54:49 -0500 Traders far away from the farm influence crop prices Federal officials will examine the role of large institutional investors in grain markets -- institutions such as pension systems and hedge funds. Their role in the grain trade has grown steadily over the past few years, and can lead to wide swings in the prices that farmers get for their crops. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/07/crop-prices?refid=0 Thu, 07 Oct 2010 16:30:23 -0500 Flooding puts soybean, corn harvest behind schedule Officials are still calculating the damage, but some farmers are reporting heavy losses. Many fields are flooded and may not be harvested until they freeze. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/28/flooded-fields?refid=0 Tue, 28 Sep 2010 16:50:38 -0500 Ethanol subsidies in doubt as politicians quiet on renewal The next few months are likely to be critical for the ethanol industry as two key subsidies for the alternative fuel expire in December -- and it's unclear if Congress will renew them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/17/ethanol-subsidies-renewal?refid=0 Fri, 17 Sep 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Farmer in contaminated raw milk case takes the stand The dairy farmer accused of selling E. coli-contaminated raw milk took the witness stand Tuesday, and provided explanations for some of the bird carcasses and other unsanitary conditions state officials say they found. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/07/hartmann-raw-milk-case?refid=0 Wed, 08 Sep 2010 00:00:13 -0500 Bankrupt ethanol co. wants refund from corn farmers Farmers in Minnesota who had the bad luck to sell corn to a bankrupt ethanol company are now being asked to repay most of the money they earned. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/01/verasun?refid=0 Wed, 01 Sep 2010 16:20:31 -0500 Powerline project advances in western Minnesota The fate of a powerline project in western Minnesota seemed to be tied to a coal-fired power plant that was nixed. But, the powerline is still moving forward. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/01/powerline?refid=0 Wed, 01 Sep 2010 09:03:44 -0500 Newscastle disease poses threat to Minnesota's poultry flocks A virulent strain of Newcastle disease, a virus killing hundreds of wild birds in Minnesota, poses a threat to Minnesota's poultry flocks, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/26/newcastle-disease?refid=0 Thu, 26 Aug 2010 15:50:23 -0500 Microbiologist: Farm's raw milk contained E. coli A supervisor for the Minnesota Agriculture Department testified yesterday Wednesday that raw milk cheese found on the Michael Hartmann farm is contaminated with E. coli. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/26/raw-milk-hearing?refid=0 Thu, 26 Aug 2010 06:55:45 -0500 Hearing over raw milk producer continues today Testimony continues Wednesday in a Sibley County District Court trial about raw milk products made at a dairy farm linked to an E. coli outbreak. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/25/raw-milk-hearing?refid=0 Wed, 25 Aug 2010 07:08:38 -0500 Dairy farmer's witness concedes problems while defending farm A dairy consultant testifying on behalf of a Gibbon dairy farmer testified in court Friday that he believes "quality milk products and safe products can be produced on that farm." However, he acknowledged that higher-than-allowable levels of bacteria were found recently in some milk samples taken from the farm. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/20/milk-hearing?refid=0 Fri, 20 Aug 2010 16:17:45 -0500 Dairy inspector: Raw milk seller's dairy operation unsanitary A Sibley County farmer wants to resume selling unpasteurized dairy products after state officials banned him from selling the products, alleged his farm was the source of E. coli bacteria that sickened eight people. A dairy inspector with the Department of Agriculture, testified Thursday that the farm did not meet state standards for cleanliness. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/19/raw-milk-sales?refid=0 Thu, 19 Aug 2010 17:00:00 -0500 Sioux Falls bracing for more rain, flooding problems The forecast calls for more rain in eastern South Dakota over the next day or so, and that has sparked fears of water problems for Sioux Falls, which has already seen record rainfall of more than 18 inches so far this summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/12/sioux-falls-flooding?refid=0 Thu, 12 Aug 2010 17:24:28 -0500 Minn. corn crop estimated at record 1.25B bushels The USDA estimates the Minnesota corn crop at 1.25 billion bushels, slightly better than last year's high-water mark. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/12/crop-report?refid=0 Thu, 12 Aug 2010 11:22:32 -0500 Minnesota farmers await important corn count estimate The U.S. Agriculture Department on Thursday will unveil its estimate of just how much corn, soybeans, wheat and other crops the nation's farmers will produce this year -- a key figure for Minnesota farmers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/10/corn-count?refid=0 Tue, 10 Aug 2010 17:15:44 -0500 Disease kills 900 birds on Marsh Lake in western Minn. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is blaming a large bird die-off in western Minnesota on Newcastle disease, a viral disease that commonly infects cormorants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/06/bird-die-off?refid=0 Fri, 06 Aug 2010 13:42:44 -0500 Price surge will add millions in value to Minn. wheat crop Wheat prices climbed by 8 percent Thursday, and that surge will add millions of dollars in value to Minnesota's wheat crop. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/05/wheat-prices?refid=0 Thu, 05 Aug 2010 15:22:42 -0500 Rep. Peterson: Feds shouldn't increase farm spending U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Detroit Lakes, one of the most powerful figures in Congress, told farmers on Tuesday that he doesn't think the federal government should increase farm spending when it puts together the 2012 farm bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/03/farmfest-agriculture-policy?refid=0 Tue, 03 Aug 2010 18:22:03 -0500 After three years, smoking ban compliance better than expected Since the smoking ban took effect on October 1, 2007, 326 people have reported smoking violations to the state. That's less than what department officials anticipated, said John Olson, the department's enforcement coordinator its indoor air unit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/28/smoking-ban?refid=0 Wed, 28 Jul 2010 17:36:14 -0500 In 2009, number of ethanol jobs fell with price The Minnesota Agriculture Department said there were about 6,900 ethanol-related jobs in 2009, down about 20 percent from the previous year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/22/ethanol-related-jobs?refid=0 Thu, 22 Jul 2010 16:25:15 -0500 'Super weeds' gaining resistance to farmers' herbicides Super weeds are a concern because if farmers can't control them it could reduce crop yield, and in turn, profits. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/21/super-weed-roundup?refid=0 Wed, 21 Jul 2010 15:07:17 -0500 Warm, wet weather good for crops, but also for bugs The warm and wet summer is making things grow. That's good in some cases, and not so good in others. Farmers are happy with their crops but homeowners may have noticed more insects than usual. Reporter Mark Steil answers questions about bugs, crops and other news he's been following in southwestern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/21/warm-wet-weather-good-for-crops-but-also-for-bugs?refid=0 Wed, 21 Jul 2010 11:00:56 -0500 Rebuilding and healing underway in Albert Lea Piles of debris still dot the countryside near Albert Lea after tornadoes ripped through Freeborn County on June 17, but signs of rebuilding are visible. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/13/albert-lea-tornado-rebuilding?refid=0 Tue, 13 Jul 2010 14:41:41 -0500 State searches second farm in raw dairy products case A search warrant affadavit says the state investigated the Schlangen Family Farm near Freeport on Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/26/raw-dairy-search?refid=0 Sat, 26 Jun 2010 08:32:27 -0500 Farmer asks judge to lift embargo on his raw milk sales Dairy farmer Michael Hartmann wants Dakota County District Court Judge Rex Stacey to remove a state-imposed embargo on food sales from his southern Minnesota farm. State officials say eight people contracted E. coli from raw milk products they got from the Hartmann farm. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/24/raw-milk-embargo?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jun 2010 13:17:22 -0500 Officials counting up damage from last week's storms Federal, state and county officials are touring Minnesota towns and farms hit by last week's tornadoes, hoping to have a final damage tally of last week's tornadoes by the end of the week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/22/damage-assessment?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jun 2010 17:33:19 -0500 Raw milk investigation broadens The state apparently has broadened its investigation of the farm linked to an E. Coli outbreak that sickened at least 8 people. State health officials say they traced the outbreak to unpasteurized milk sold by the Michael Hartmann farm in southern Minnesota. Investigators have now conducted a second search of the farm in Gibbon. Mark Steil talked with Minnesota Public Radio's Tom Crann about the investigation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/21/raw-milk-investigation?refid=0 Mon, 21 Jun 2010 18:52:15 -0500 State officials expand probe of farm linked to E. coli outbreak State investigators went back to the Michael Hartmann dairy farm in Gibbon a second time last Wednesday to collect more samples, confiscate financial records, and document what they allege are unsanitary conditions on the farm. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/21/rawmilk-investigation?refid=0 Mon, 21 Jun 2010 16:50:20 -0500 State widens raw milk investigation The state's raw milk investigation apparently has expanded beyond the farm linked to an E. coli outbreak that sickened eight people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/17/raw-milk?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jun 2010 17:14:27 -0500 Land O'Lakes to pay $25M in egg price-fixing case Land O'Lakes, one of more than 10 egg producers that a group of restaurants and food processing companies claims conspired to fix egg prices nationwide, has agreed to a $25 million settlement, according to a court filing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/11/land-olakes-to-pay-25m-in-egg-pricefixing-case?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jun 2010 07:53:10 -0500 Crops, raw milk, school closings, and sheep in the city -- an update from Worthington Mark Steil joins Morning Edition's Cathy Wurzer to talk about crops, raw milk, education and ..... sheep. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/09/crops-raw-milk-school-closings-and-sheep-in-the-city--an-update-from-worthington?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jun 2010 09:20:35 -0500 Officials search dairy farm linked to E. coli The officials also took 80 manure samples. The state health department later found harmful E. coli in many of the samples. The state health department says E. coli in the farm's dairy products has sickened five people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/04/raw-milk-dairy?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jun 2010 20:22:45 -0500 5 people now sickened by raw milk in Minnesota A state investigation has found a fifth person who was sickened after drinking raw milk from a dairy farm near Gibbon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/03/5-people-now-sickened-by-raw-milk-in-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jun 2010 13:41:42 -0500 For 44 years, Fairmont honor guard salutes veterans The members of the group have become real veterans of the honor guard ceremony. Champine figures they've appeared at roughly 1,300 funerals over those 44 years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/31/fairmont-honor-guard?refid=0 Mon, 31 May 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Health care industry on the rise The growth in health care jobs is expected to continue in Minnesota. In Blue Earth County, health-related employment has increased by 70 percent, far outpacing the state and the nation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/21/healthcare-jobs-on-the-rise?refid=0 Mon, 24 May 2010 00:00:00 -0500 In Granite Falls, plans to harness 'quiet renewable' In the southwest Minnesota town of Granite Falls, plans are underway to use an old power source, water, to solve the problem of the ever-increasing demands for electricity. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/18/power-storage?refid=0 Tue, 18 May 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Farmers lucking out so far with weather The spring weather has been almost perfect for farmers, and they already have a lot of planting done around Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/28/steil?refid=0 Wed, 28 Apr 2010 09:02:21 -0500 Quick spring plant won't necessarily lead to big profits The dry spring has given Minnesota's $9 billion crop-farming industry perfect planting weather, but farmers aren't betting on a bumper crop just yet. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/27/crop-report?refid=0 Tue, 27 Apr 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Future of cellulosic ethanol remains uncertain The idea of a biofuel made from something other than food was one of the stars of both the Bush and Obama administration's energy programs, but the future of cellulosic ethanol is in doubt. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/23/cellulosic-ethanol?refid=0 Mon, 26 Apr 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Western Minn. city settles case over garden The City Council in the western Minnesota town of Watson has agreed to let a town resident keep a vegetable garden which had sparked turmoil in the community. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/17/watson-settlement?refid=0 Sat, 17 Apr 2010 10:24:01 -0500 Farm income in Minnesota dropped sharply in 2009 Minnesota farmers took a financial bruising last year after posting some of the highest income levels ever in 2008. Farm income in the state fell to an eight-year low in 2009, down by almost two-thirds from the previous year. That stress is showing up in farmhouses across the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/15/farm-income?refid=0 Thu, 15 Apr 2010 16:47:02 -0500 Ethanol plant in southern Minn. closing An ethanol plant in southern Minnesota will shut down at the end of the week because it's not making enough money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/07/ethanol-plant-close?refid=0 Wed, 07 Apr 2010 14:19:02 -0500 Heavy snow leads to stinky spring mess on SW Minn. lakes Even though the grass is turning green, there are still reminders of this year's tough winter. The latest appeared amid breaking ice on southern Minnesota lakes: lots of dead fish. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/06/fish-winter-kill?refid=0 Tue, 06 Apr 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Dry, warm March has farmers out in their fields early Despite a wet fall, and then heavy snow, a dry, warm March got farmers going much earlier than anyone could have hoped for. For some, the early field work includes a rare spring harvest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/01/early-spring-farming?refid=0 Thu, 01 Apr 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Edgerton remembers its improbable 1960 basketball title Fifty years ago today, the 1960 Edgerton boys high school basketball team became the smallest school ever to win Minnesota's state tournament. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/26/edgerton-basketball-championship-50th?refid=0 Fri, 26 Mar 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Montevideo survives Minnesota River flood scare Montevideo survived largely unscathed from another flood scare Tuesday, as the Minnesota River crested at six feet above flood stage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/23/minnesota-river?refid=0 Tue, 23 Mar 2010 11:17:38 -0500 Flood emergency declared in 28 counties; roads closed Gov. Tim Pawlenty has declared a flood emergency in 28 Minnesota counties and MnDOT has closed roads due to early flooding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/16/flood-emergency?refid=0 Tue, 16 Mar 2010 06:33:49 -0500 Southern Minn. watches rising waters, and waits There's a lot of concern, but so far no major flooding problems or damage along the rising Minnesota River in southern Minnesota. The river is still mainly below flood stage, but ice jams have been a concern. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/15/minnriver?refid=0 Mon, 15 Mar 2010 17:12:53 -0500 Justice Dept. looks into competition in agriculture The Obama Administration is fulfilling its pledge to take a close look at monopoly-like concentrations in key U.S. industries, among them agriculture. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/12/agriculture-competition-monopoly?refid=0 Fri, 12 Mar 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Stimulus funds go to lucky few Internet upgrade projects A plan to upgrade broadband Internet service in southwest Minnesota will receive nearly $13 million in stimulus money to build the project. But dozens of other applications in the state were turned down. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/08/rural-broadband?refid=0 Mon, 08 Mar 2010 16:03:47 -0600 Flood risk slightly lower for Red, Minnesota Rivers The latest National Weather Service flood outlook calls for slightly lower risk of flooding in the Red River Valley and along the Minnesota River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/05/flood-forecast?refid=0 Fri, 05 Mar 2010 08:46:08 -0600 Agency: Stimulus having major impact in rural Minn. USDA Rural Development says stimulus funds are having a major impact in rural Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/26/agency-stimulus-having-major-impact-in-rural-mn?refid=0 Fri, 26 Feb 2010 12:00:07 -0600 Residents of Watson vote to change city government Voters in the western Minnesota community of Watson have approved a change in city government, following widespread dissatisfaction with the current city council. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/24/watsonvote?refid=0 Wed, 24 Feb 2010 12:22:38 -0600 Small Minn. town in big political fight Turmoil in the tiny western Minnesota town in recent months has led to a vote Tuesday that could remake the city council in Watson, but also to civic battles that have all the acrimony of a big-city political feud. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/23/small-minn-town-in-big-political-mess?refid=0 Tue, 23 Feb 2010 05:00:00 -0600 SW Minn. braces for possible spring floods A new flood forecast due Friday is expected to confirm what many people, including Leroy Harnack, in Minnesota's Red River Valley already know: there's a lot of snow out there, and with it, a big potential for flooding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/19/sw-minn-floods?refid=0 Fri, 19 Feb 2010 05:00:00 -0600 Service clubs struggle with rising costs, aging members The American Legion in Worthington demonstrates how much times have changed for service organizations like the Legion and the VFW. In the 1970s, you couldn't find a seat in the lounge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/12/struggling-service-clubs?refid=0 Mon, 15 Feb 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Motorists urged to stay off roads as storm continues State transportation officials are urging motorists in southern Minnesota to stay off the roads tonight, as the winter storm continues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/08/traffic-morning?refid=0 Mon, 08 Feb 2010 10:11:36 -0600 MPCA fines ethanol plant for wastewater violations A southern Minnesota ethanol plant will pay a nearly $900,000 penalty for wastewater violations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/29/pollution-fine?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jan 2010 16:49:40 -0600 Some community bankers cautious of Obama plan One of the proposals in President Obama's State of the Union message is to send $30 billion in financial industry bailout funds, TARP funds, to community banks, to stimulate job growth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/28/fed-small-banks?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jan 2010 17:19:32 -0600 Minnesota slips in wind energy rankings U.S. wind energy production saw big gains last year in most of the leading states, except for Minnesota, as the state slipped again in the national rankings for wind power capacity. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/26/wind-power-down?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jan 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Concerns over coyotes have some considering bounties Growing concerns over Minnesota's coyote population affecting livestock farming, some are considering a law that allows legal bounties on the predator to encourage increased hunting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/21/coyote-concerns-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jan 2010 03:00:00 -0600 State says atrazine rules are adequate The Minnesota Agriculture Department says no changes are needed in the state's regulation of the farm herbicide atrazine. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/15/atrazine?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jan 2010 17:27:50 -0600 Minnesota 2009 corn crop largest crop on record The U.S. Agriculture Department Tuesday estimated the 2009 Minnesota corn crop at more than 1.2 billion bushels and both the state and national harvests are projected at record levels. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/12/corn-crop-record?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jan 2010 15:48:24 -0600 Pawlenty seeks disaster declaration in 18 counties Gov. Tim Pawlenty is asking U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack for an agricultural disaster declaration for 18 Minnesota counties http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/11/pawlenty-disaster?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jan 2010 16:31:53 -0600 Tough economy forces shutdown of Appleton prison The shutdown of a private prison in western Minnesota is costing the region hundreds of jobs, business and city revenue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/08/appleton-prison-closing?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jan 2010 16:09:20 -0600 Roads reopen in southwestern Minn. Transportation officials have reopened roads in southwestern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/07/traffic-conditions?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jan 2010 07:54:00 -0600 Minn. farmers hope to salvage unharvested corn crop A wet fall, then snowstorms, prevented some Minnesota farmers from finishing their work and many hope to harvest the corn this spring and still salvage some profit from the fields. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/31/corn-unharvest?refid=0 Mon, 04 Jan 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Future of biodiesel depends on federal subsidies An important federal subsidy for the renewable fuel will expire in just a few days. Some predict losing the subsidy could shut-down U.S. biodiesel production. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/28/biodiesel-subsidies?refid=0 Mon, 28 Dec 2009 00:00:00 -0600 State regulators reject New Ulm wind energy project The PUC voted unanimously to block the city of New Ulm's planned wind farm in Nicollet County. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/21/puc-wind-energy-project?refid=0 Mon, 21 Dec 2009 19:07:43 -0600 Crucial power lines meant for Big Stone II still an option The Big Stone II power plant is dead, but at least one part of the project may live on. There is interest in building the power lines planned for the abandoned coal plant project in eastern South Dakota and those lines could be crucial to the wind power industry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/16/big-stone-powerlines?refid=0 Wed, 16 Dec 2009 17:08:40 -0600 New farming practices in middle of global warming debate America's vast stretches of farmland are a big resource in the fight against global warming because their soil traps carbon. But not all farmers believe changing their ways to help in that fight would be profitable. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/09/new-farming-practices?refid=0 Wed, 09 Dec 2009 00:00:00 -0600 EPA delays ethanol decision until next summer The EPA has postponed a decision on whether to allow higher ethanol-gasoline blends until next summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/01/epa-ethanol-delay?refid=0 Tue, 01 Dec 2009 13:57:01 -0600 Austin crash raises new questions about bus safety The fatal crash of a bus in southern Minnesota this week has put a spotlight on the safety of the tour bus industry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/20/bus-safety?refid=0 Fri, 20 Nov 2009 17:27:59 -0600 Farmers say wet fall didn't hurt size of harvest It looks like rainy conditions for most of the fall haven't hurt the size of the Minnesota corn and soybean harvest, but even though crops are faring well, farmers are still struggling with the effects of too much rain. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/10/good-harvest?refid=0 Tue, 10 Nov 2009 17:47:32 -0600 H1N1 vaccine for hogs aims to prevent mutated virus The race to vaccinate humans against H1N1 is the principal focus of health leaders, but a second vaccination effort is about to begin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/09/h1n1-vaccine-for-hogs-aims-to-prevent-mutated-virus?refid=0 Mon, 09 Nov 2009 06:23:03 -0600 Impact of Big Stone II's demise uncertain The end of the Big Stone II power plant has electricity companies and environmental groups looking to the future. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/02/big-stone-demise?refid=0 Tue, 03 Nov 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Minnesota potter makes art at 2,400 degrees Making art can be a delicate, quiet process; but when Minnesota potter Pete Landherr spends four straight days firing his pottery, the rolling ball of flame from his kiln can be seen for miles on the prairies of southwest Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/20/firing-the-kiln?refid=0 Wed, 21 Oct 2009 03:00:00 -0500 USDA confirms H1N1 in Minnesota pig The U.S. Department of Agriculture says at least one pig from Minnesota has tested positive for the H1N1 virus, the first case of a pig contracting the virus in the United States. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/19/h1n1-pigs?refid=0 Mon, 19 Oct 2009 12:01:26 -0500 New Ulm 'bullying' its way to wind energy, landowners say The city of New Ulm wants to put up five wind turbines as a power source, but proposal has angered a group of landowners who say eminent domain is being used to secure rights for a wind energy project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/13/wind-land-fight?refid=0 Wed, 14 Oct 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Corn crop harvest increased by warm weather Warm September weather helped increase the size of the Minnesota corn crop and the U.S. Agriculture Department says state farmers should harvest more than 1.2 billion bushels. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/09/crop-harvest-corn?refid=0 Fri, 09 Oct 2009 18:41:52 -0500 Obama to sign bill to help U.S. dairy farmers President Obama is expected to sign an agriculture appropriations bill which includes help for hard pressed dairy farmers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/08/obama-dairy-producers?refid=0 Thu, 08 Oct 2009 19:21:21 -0500 Minnesota soldier dies from noncombat injuries in Iraq U.S. military authorities are investigating the death of a Minnesota soldier injured in a noncombat related incident in Iraq. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/07/minnesota-soldier-dies-from-noncombat-injuries-in-iraq?refid=0 Wed, 07 Oct 2009 10:52:24 -0500 Pipestone: A spiritual place In the southwest corner of Minnesota, thousands of visitors each year take in the Pipestone National Monument's untouched prairie and its famous red rock. For centuries, Native Americans have placed great religious significance on the pipestone found here. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/25/pipestone?refid=0 Tue, 29 Sep 2009 13:00:00 -0500 USDA says Minn. soybean harvest behind pace The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Minnesota's soybean harvest is behind the normal pace for late September. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/28/soybean-harvest-slow?refid=0 Mon, 28 Sep 2009 17:37:46 -0500 Study: Small power projects important to Minn. energy Supporters of renewable energy projects say a new state study shows that small power projects can play an important role in changing Minnesota's energy mix. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/15/energy-study?refid=0 Tue, 15 Sep 2009 18:49:00 -0500 Ethanol plants using hops to eliminate bacteria Ethanol companies are looking back to the monasteries of ancient Europe for one possible solution to a troublesome production issue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/14/hops-ethanol-bacteria?refid=0 Mon, 14 Sep 2009 17:41:53 -0500 Western Minn. town loses prison inmates--and jobs Residents of the western Minnesota town of Appleton are concerned about the future of one of the town's main employers, a private prison. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/06/appelton-prison?refid=0 Sun, 06 Sep 2009 09:43:33 -0500 Dispute over tomato garden divides town A spat over city zoning ordinances involving a man's vegetable garden has grown into a feud that has driven deep divisions through the tiny town of Watson. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/02/tomato-man-watson?refid=0 Wed, 02 Sep 2009 14:30:35 -0500 USDA predicts record corn crop in Minnesota The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates Minnesota farmers could harvest a record corn crop this fall. But the soybean crop is struggling. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/12/record-corn-crop?refid=0 Wed, 12 Aug 2009 10:08:39 -0500 Success of fall harvest depends on the weather Minnesota farmers have dealt with just about every weather condition you can think of this year -- including floods, drought and hail. They're still hoping for a good harvest, but that depends on the weather cooperating. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/09/crop-outlook?refid=0 Sun, 09 Aug 2009 22:00:00 -0500 Controlling farm runoff could have multiple benefits A big contributor to the Gulf of Mexico's 'dead zone' is farmland runoff, but a new approach to farmland drainage may help reduce its size. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/04/controlled-drainage?refid=0 Wed, 05 Aug 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Home-based wind turbines not living up to the hype Independent studies of home-based wind turbines show they often fail to generate as much electricity as their makers claim they will. The poor performance has led to customer complaints and government scrutiny of the industry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/22/home-turbines?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jul 2009 03:00:00 -0500 DNR officials concerned over thefts of state flower The theft of certain plants is big business nationwide, but the uprooting of Minnesota's state flower has some DNR officials worried. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/16/plant_stealing?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jul 2009 09:00:00 -0500 More consumers explore using home-based wind turbines U.S. sales of home-based wind turbines increased almost 80 percent last year, to more than 10,000 units. However, the machines don't always work as advertised. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/10/small_scale_wind?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jul 2009 16:00:00 -0500 Livestock industry hit hard by high feed costs, weak economy The livestock industry is in one of its worst economic slumps in decades. It's hit just about every sector: hogs, dairy, beef and poultry, and it's causing farmers a lot of stress. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/01/hog_troubles?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jul 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Climate bill still faces tough road, despite Peterson's support A national climate bill took a big step forward today when U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., announced a deal on agricultural issues in the package. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/24/peterson_climatebill?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jun 2009 16:36:29 -0500 Dairy farmers hit hard by low milk prices, high production costs A sharp downturn in milk prices has produced what may be the worst crisis most dairy farmers have seen in their careers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/22/dairy_woes?refid=0 Tue, 23 Jun 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Rep. Peterson brawling over ethanol expansion Agricultural leaders in the U.S. House continue to negotiate today on legislation designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and slow climate change. Minnesota congressman Collin Peterson, is leading a group of lawmakers from rural districts who are threatening to block the legislation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/18/peterson?refid=0 Thu, 18 Jun 2009 17:14:48 -0500 Low bids for construction projects both help and hurt Bids are coming in low for public works projects - good news for taxpayers, but tough business for contractors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/12/construction_lowbids?refid=0 Mon, 15 Jun 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Wind turbine company's woes mirror that of the industry In southwestern Minnesota, Suzlon Energy says it plans to cut its workforce in half at the company's wind energy plant in Pipestone. The layoffs come in what is shaping up to be a very rough year for the industry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/08/pipestone_turbines?refid=0 Mon, 08 Jun 2009 15:59:33 -0500 Construction companies complain stimulus isn't helping The federal stimulus money is coming through in a big way for road building, but, with a few exceptions, it's not been much of a help for other parts of the construction industry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/01/stimulusconstruction?refid=0 Tue, 02 Jun 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Boy's disappearance shakes up Sleepy Eye There's been what could be an important break in the search for Colleen Hauser and her 13-year-old son Daniel. The Brown County Sheriff last evening said investigators believe the pair could be in Mexico, seeking alternative treatments for Daniel's cancer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/20/daniel_hauser_reactions?refid=0 Wed, 20 May 2009 20:50:00 -0500 Sheriff: Hausers possibly headed to Mexico for treatment The Brown County Sheriff says 13-year-old Daniel Hauser and his mother Colleen are possibly in or headed to Mexico seeking treatment of Daniel's Hodgkin's lymphoma. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/20/hauser?refid=0 Wed, 20 May 2009 12:33:06 -0500 Recalling the 1918 flu pandemic While researchers work to understand the current H1N1 flu outbreak, they have one eye on the deadly flu of 1918. That's still the influenza pandemic against which all others are measured. The virus killed tens of millions of people worldwide and tens of thousands in our region. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/07/1918flu?refid=0 Fri, 08 May 2009 03:00:00 -0500 EPA report on ethanol criticized from both sides The Environmental Protection Agency today released a report saying that in the best-case scenario, ethanol is better for the environment than gasoline. But environmental groups say that conclusion is misleading. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/05/epa_ethanol_crops_climate?refid=0 Tue, 05 May 2009 16:00:29 -0500 Biodiesel use and debate set to rise The amount of biodiesel sold in Minnesota will jump starting today, refueling debate over whether the alternative fuel might clog engines in cold weather. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/30/biodieselmandate?refid=0 Fri, 01 May 2009 04:00:00 -0500 Pork producers scramble as swine flu scares consumers Hog prices fell sharply yesterday as the flu scare threatens an already struggling industry. Pork produces are scrambling to convince consumers that their product is safe to eat. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/28/hog_farmers_swine_flu_reaction?refid=0 Tue, 28 Apr 2009 07:20:03 -0500 Entenza joins crowded field for governor's race Former DFL state lawmaker Matt Entenza formally announced his campaign for governor this morning in Worthington. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/23/entenza_campaign?refid=0 Thu, 23 Apr 2009 10:27:29 -0500 Audit recommends ending ethanol subsidies in Minn. Minnesota's Legislative Auditor said the state should consider ending its ethanol subsidy. But with the industry suffering a brutal downturn, key lawmakers say there's no way that idea will pass. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/17/audit_recommends_end_to_ethanol_subsidies?refid=0 Fri, 17 Apr 2009 08:46:03 -0500 Elk Run investor lays out vision for future of medicine Biotech investor Steve Burrill laid out his vision today for the future of medicine during a visit to southwest Minnesota. It was his first public stop in the state since he decided to invest in the planned Elk Run BioBusiness Park near Rochester. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/03/steveburrill_medicine?refid=0 Fri, 03 Apr 2009 15:50:30 -0500 Wet weather could keep farmers from their fields The Red River flood is the latest headache for farmers in northwest Minnesota, who in some cases are still trying to finish last year's harvest. It's possible some land close to the river will not get planted at all this year. Farmers in the rest of Minnesota could also face planting delays if the weather stays wet. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/31/wet_weather_could_keep_farmers_from_their_fields?refid=0 Wed, 01 Apr 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Antibiotics pose concern for ethanol producers Distillers grain, a byproduct of ethanol production sold as livestock feed, brings in revenue that helps ethanol plants survive lean times. But distillers grain is facing new scrutiny over potential food safety concerns. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/24/distrillersantibiotics?refid=0 Tue, 24 Mar 2009 17:20:00 -0500 Oil refiner to obtain 7 VeraSun ethanol plants A couple of traditional enemies in the energy field may be moving a little closer together. For the first time, an oil company will independently produce corn ethanol. Valero Energy, the nation's largest oil refiner, has won the right to buy seven bankrupt VeraSun ethanol plants, including one in Minnesota.. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/18/verasun_purchase?refid=0 Wed, 18 Mar 2009 11:42:47 -0500 Janesville, Minn. hit hard in the ethanol bust In the southern Minnesota town of Janesville, a brand new ethanol plant sits idle and unused, a sign of how bad things are in the industry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/12/ethanolbust?refid=0 Fri, 13 Mar 2009 03:00:00 -0500 EPA tests the 'green' value of ethanol An EPA ruling expected soon could have a major impact on the future of ethanol. The agency is looking at ethanol's contribution to harmful greenhouse gases. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/09/epaethanol?refid=0 Mon, 09 Mar 2009 16:20:00 -0500 In Minneota, an empty chair for Bill Holm The funeral service in the southwest Minnesota town of Minneota brought together hundreds of people to say goodbye to author, musician and teacher Bill Holm. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/09/bill_holm_funeral?refid=0 Mon, 09 Mar 2009 07:30:09 -0500 Obama plan could cost Minnesota farms millions Thousands of Minnesota farmers will see a major portion of their income disappear if Congress passes President Obama's farm proposal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/26/farm?refid=0 Fri, 27 Feb 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Land O'Lakes has strong year, but 4Q loss The CEO of Land O'Lakes says the company had record sales in 2008, despite struggling through a $33 million loss in the fourth quarter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/25/landolakes_earns?refid=0 Wed, 25 Feb 2009 13:06:31 -0600 Cottonwood marks anniversary of school bus crash Residents of Cottonwood are looking ahead today as they put behind them the first anniversary of a fatal school bus crash that killed four students. On Thursday, students, parents and residents looked back on 12 months that changed each one of them forever. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/19/buscrash_anniv?refid=0 Thu, 19 Feb 2009 21:50:28 -0600 Identity of historical bones remains a mystery A skeleton that's said to be that of Jesse James gang member and bank robber Charlie Pitts has been held by a couple of historical groups in southern Minnesota for more than 25 years. But now there's some question whether the skeleton is, in fact, Charlie Pitts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/19/identity_of_historical_bones_remains_a_mystery?refid=0 Thu, 19 Feb 2009 16:31:00 -0600 Stimulus could free up funding for alternative energy projects The Obama stimulus package has brightened the outlook for wind power and other forms of renewable energy in Minnesota and one of the most helpful features of the legislation may be tax credits designed to boost production. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/18/stimulus_may_provide_renewed_funding_for_alternative_energy_projects?refid=0 Wed, 18 Feb 2009 16:34:31 -0600 TCF Bank moving headquarters to Sioux Falls TCF Financial, parent company of TCF bank, says it will move the bank's headquarters to Sioux Falls, South Dakota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/13/tcf_bank_moving_headquarters_to_sioux_falls?refid=0 Fri, 13 Feb 2009 16:58:30 -0600 Peterson takes on Wall Street It might seem that a Minnesota congressman with a farm background is an unlikely candidate to take on Wall Street, but 7th Disctrict Rep. Collin Peterson is doing just that. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/11/derivatives?refid=0 Thu, 12 Feb 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Ag census shows number of Minn. farms holds stable The traditional family farm is getting more scarce and large farms are producing more and more of our food. That's one of the findings of the 2007 Census of Agriculture, released today by the U.S. Agriculture Department. But the census also indicates there's still hope for smaller operations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/04/agriculture_census?refid=0 Wed, 04 Feb 2009 14:43:44 -0600 Family finds Lakota oral history It's like an Antiques Roadshow story: a family opens an old trunk and finds a treasure. The treasure for a Twin Cities family that did, was a rare Lakota oral history. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/02/whitehorse?refid=0 Tue, 03 Feb 2009 01:00:00 -0600 EPA raises objections to Big Stone II power plant The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has objected to plans for construction of the Big Stone II coal-fired power plant in South Dakota, citing concerns about emissions from the plant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/23/bigstone_epa?refid=0 Fri, 23 Jan 2009 14:01:10 -0600 Farmers polish marketing skills A tightening agricultural economy has farmers exploring every option they have to get a little more for what they produce. For some farmers that means entering the complex world of grain marketing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/21/grainmarketing?refid=0 Thu, 22 Jan 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Pollution control agency looks to snuff out rural burning For most farmers, garbage day is a simple routine. They grab the garbage bags, take them outside and light them on fire. State officials are trying to douse the urge to burn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/13/pollution_control_agency_looks_to_snuff_out_rural_burning?refid=0 Wed, 14 Jan 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Crop farmers face uncertain year in economic downturn The recession is having some troubling impacts on the farm economy. Grain prices have tumbled, clouding farmer's outlook for next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/26/farming?refid=0 Mon, 29 Dec 2008 15:30:00 -0600 Cellulosic ethanol pushes ahead Cellulosic ethanol has been more talk than action. Officials at a Sioux Falls company say cellulosic is entering a more active phase. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/18/cellulosic?refid=0 Fri, 26 Dec 2008 14:00:00 -0600 On horseback, Native American riders make 300-mile trip A group of about 50 Native Americans will ride on horseback into the Mankato area later this week. Their arrival will mark the end of a nearly 300-mile trip to mark the 146th anniversary of the largest mass execution in U.S. history. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/23/lower_sioux_reconciliation_riders?refid=0 Tue, 23 Dec 2008 17:00:37 -0600 McKnight expands agriculture efforts in Africa The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is making a nearly $27 million grant to the Minneapolis-based McKnight Foundation to fund crop research. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/08/mcknight_africa?refid=0 Mon, 08 Dec 2008 06:44:17 -0600 Food-price inflation shows signs of slowing The average Thanksgiving dinner today will cost more than a year ago, almost six percent more. The increase reflects price hikes in basic food components like corn, soybeans and wheat. If that's enough to give you heartburn, cheer up, it looks like food price inflation is slowing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/26/food_prices_high?refid=0 Thu, 27 Nov 2008 03:00:00 -0600 VeraSun bankruptcy hitting Minnesota farmers in the wallet The collapse of VeraSun Energy is costing hundreds of Minnesota farmers millions of dollars. The Sioux Falls ethanol company filed for bankruptcy three weeks ago after losing almost $500 million since last summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/21/verasun?refid=0 Fri, 21 Nov 2008 17:28:56 -0600 Xcel using bus-sized batteries to store wind energy Wind turbines can generate electricity when the wind is blowing, but they don't when it's calm. That's one of the biggest problems with the alternative energy source. But now, Xcel Energy is experimenting with gigantic batteries as a way to solve one of wind power's most vexing problems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/17/xcel_batteries_wind_energy?refid=0 Tue, 18 Nov 2008 03:00:00 -0600 Wind companies like Obama energy plan Minnesota's wind power industry could see major gains if President-elect Barack Obama's energy program becomes law. Obama wants to dramatically increase the amount of electricity generated in the U.S. from renewable sources like wind, solar and geothermal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/12/obamaenergy_2008?refid=0 Wed, 12 Nov 2008 16:15:00 -0600 VeraSun Energy files for bankruptcy The worst economic crisis in the history of the ethanol industry has claimed one of biofuels most prominent players. VeraSun Energy, based in Sioux Falls, has filed for bankruptcy. It's the latest in a series of problems for ethanol producers, who've had to deal with huge swings in corn costs and falling ethanol prices. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/03/verasun_files_bankruptcy?refid=0 Mon, 03 Nov 2008 17:51:04 -0600 Xcel Energy plans wind power expansion Xcel Energy will invest almost $1 billion to build two new wind farms over the next three years -- one in Minnesota and one in North Dakota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/31/xcel_wind?refid=0 Fri, 31 Oct 2008 15:31:20 -0500 Illness means final harvest for family farmer Fall is a time for endings, as the growing season concludes and farm families gather their harvest. For one southern Minnesota farmer, illness has added an extra measure of finality to the season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/28/alsfarmer_2008?refid=0 Tue, 28 Oct 2008 15:00:00 -0500 USDA study confirms link between ethanol by-product and E. coli A U.S. Agriculture Department study shows a significant increase of potentially harmful E. coli bacteria in cattle that are fed an ethanol by-product known as distiller's grain. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/17/e_coli?refid=0 Fri, 17 Oct 2008 17:10:05 -0500 Crop report may influence food prices A government report out today may influence the prices consumers pay for food in coming months. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/09/crop_estimate?refid=0 Fri, 10 Oct 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Failed levies take toll on school board members More than 50 Minnesota school districts will ask voters for more money in the November election. Some districts pass these levy and bonding issues the first time, others try many times with little success. The failed votes affect students directly, but also have an impact on school board members. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/08/school_levies_impact?refid=0 Thu, 09 Oct 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Families react to Franco's sentence in bus crash The woman convicted of four counts of criminal vehicular homicide in a school bus crash near Cottonwood has been sentenced to 12½ years in prison. Family and friends of the victims poured out their grief during the sentencing hearing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/08/franco?refid=0 Wed, 08 Oct 2008 16:10:14 -0500 Farmers disappointed at low soybean yields The Minnesota soybean harvest is getting started, and there's a bit of disappointment so far in the results. For some farmers, yields are falling short of what they had hoped for and they're also worried about declining crop prices. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/29/soybean_harvest?refid=0 Tue, 30 Sep 2008 02:00:00 -0500 High corn prices create huge losses in ethanol industry For ethanol companies, big moves in the price of corn can mean large profits or major losses. With corn prices all over the map this year, companies have committed to paying high prices. The profit losses are adding up to tens of millions of dollars. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/23/verasun_corn_prices?refid=0 Wed, 24 Sep 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Judge denies Franco's request for new trial A judge has denied a request from Olga Franco for acquittal or a new trial. Franco was convicted last month in connection with a school bus crash near Cottonwood which killed four children. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/23/francoruling?refid=0 Tue, 23 Sep 2008 13:57:27 -0500 Franco's attorney asks for new trial Olga Franco is scheduled to be sentenced next month on charges stemming from the fatal Cottonwood bus crash, but her attorney asked a judge in Redwood Falls Thursday to throw out her conviction or give her a new trial. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/19/franco_attorney?refid=0 Fri, 19 Sep 2008 07:44:15 -0500 Organic farm profits nearly double in 2007 Organic farmers saw more than one type of green in 2007. A study tracking 45 organic producers in Minnesota found their profits nearly doubled thanks to the high prices their products can yield. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/15/organicprofit?refid=0 Tue, 16 Sep 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Schools cautious of running on empty School districts around the region are taking steps to deal with the rise in petroleum prices for the coming school year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/01/schoolgas?refid=0 Tue, 02 Sep 2008 02:38:31 -0500 Wind energy industry anxious over tax credit How big a deal is two cents? Well, it's a big deal if you're trying to produce wind energy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/27/wind_credit?refid=0 Thu, 28 Aug 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Ethanol plant welcomes falling corn prices VeraSun Energy officials say they plan to begin making ethanol at a new plant in Welcome, Minn. by the end of September. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/13/welcome_plant?refid=0 Wed, 13 Aug 2008 08:20:26 -0500 2008 holds promise for farmers Despite bad spring weather, the nation's corn crop has recovered. The U.S. Agriculture Department today estimated the Minnesota corn harvest could even set a record. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/12/crop_corn_predictions?refid=0 Tue, 12 Aug 2008 12:48:09 -0500 Farmers could reap a record corn harvest The U.S. Agriculture Department says Minnesota farmers could harvest a record corn crop this fall. The USDA released its first detailed estimate today of the harvest outlook. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/12/crops?refid=0 Tue, 12 Aug 2008 10:22:03 -0500 Farmers anticipate positive crop estimate U.S. Agriculture Department workers have been sampling grain fields the last few weeks and will estimate harvest prospects in a report tomorrow. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/11/crop_estimate?refid=0 Mon, 11 Aug 2008 08:27:30 -0500 Cottonwood residents relieved after bus trial verdict Cottonwood residents reflect on how the town is coping after a guilty verdict was returned in the trial of Olga Franco, the woman responsible for a school bus crash that killed four children last February. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/07/bus_trial_reaction?refid=0 Thu, 07 Aug 2008 15:31:57 -0500 EPA to announce decision on ethanol mandate The head of the U.S. EPA will announce today if they will suspend the nation's ethanol mandate, a decision which could have major implications for Minnesota's ethanol industry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/07/ethanol?refid=0 Thu, 07 Aug 2008 08:11:20 -0500 Congressional candidates debate farm, energy policy The Farmfest congressional forum attracted large crowds of farmers and politicians Tuesday near Redwood Falls. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/05/farmfest1?refid=0 Tue, 05 Aug 2008 22:40:58 -0500 Deep aquifers, deep questions As water demand grows, researchers are becoming more interested in how fast we're using our water supplies. One growing area of study is underground aquifers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/29/aquifer_water_supplies?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jul 2008 15:36:56 -0500 Residents to meet MnDOT officials about Hwy 60 plans Southwest Minnesota residents who are unhappy with construction plans for Hwy 60 will meet with state DOT officials later today in Windom. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/24/hwy_60?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jul 2008 08:20:17 -0500 EPA expected to rule on ethanol mandate The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to rule later this week on a request to cancel a federal ethanol mandate. Livestock farmers, food companies and others want the requirement waived. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/21/epa_madate?refid=0 Mon, 21 Jul 2008 07:41:47 -0500 S.D. soldier killed in Iraq A soldier from South Dakota was killed this week in Iraq. The Department of Defense says Army Staff Sgt. Jeremy Vrooman, 28, died Tuesday from injuries suffered when an explosive device went off while on a combat mission. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/17/sd_soldier?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jul 2008 09:14:42 -0500 Hog farmers succumbing to high corn prices High corn prices are forcing many Minnesota hog producers to cut back or even shutdown their business. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/15/hogs?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jul 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Bus crash suspect's trial will stay in Willmar A Minnesota judge has denied Olga Franco's request to move her trial to the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/08/franco_trial?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jul 2008 19:51:57 -0500 New Ulm woman makes Olympic wrestling team The road to the Olympics for one Minnesota wrestler began in New Ulm, veered north to Canada, and will head west to Beijing next month for the games. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/02/olympicwrestler?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jul 2008 15:00:00 -0500 USDA crop survey shows corn harvest down slightly The U.S. Agriculture Department reported Monday the nation's farmers will harvest 9 percent fewer acres of corn this year compared to 2007. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/30/cropsurvey?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jun 2008 14:28:10 -0500 Olga Franco wants trial moved again At a court hearing Friday morning in Marshall, Olga Franco's defense team asked that her trial be moved once again, to the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/27/francohearing?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jun 2008 15:30:00 -0500 Researchers link E. coli, ethanol by-product U.S. Agriculture Department scientists and university researchers are studying whether a feed made from an ethanol by-product increases the prevalence of E. coli in cattle. Some research suggests distillers grain promotes growth of the bacteria, which can be deadly to humans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/06/distillers_2008?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jun 2008 00:00:00 -0500 High diesel costs take fun out of farming Prices for just about everything are rising. But like many other businesses, farmers are finding there is no easy way to deal with the increased cost of fuel. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/23/famers?refid=0 Fri, 23 May 2008 08:10:58 -0500 Rising diesel prices produce acres of worry Farmers feel the pain of high energy costs every time they fill their storage tanks. Along with increasing costs for other supplies, the higher prices are eroding profits. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/22/farmfuel?refid=0 Thu, 22 May 2008 18:10:55 -0500 Agents confirm two people involved in deadly bus crash A federal agent confirmed today that two people were in the van which struck a school bus near Cottonwood last February and killed four students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/15/venue?refid=0 Thu, 15 May 2008 12:54:26 -0500 Judge delivers setback to Big Stone II project The proposed Big Stone II power plant today suffered a major setback. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/09/bigstone?refid=0 Fri, 09 May 2008 17:04:21 -0500 Ag. Secretary: President will veto farm bill It now appears the only way there will be a new farm bill this year is if Congress overrides a presidential veto. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/08/farmbill?refid=0 Thu, 08 May 2008 17:31:58 -0500 Ethanol producers come under fire in Congress The growing backlash against ethanol arrived today at the U.S. House. Ethanol consumes about one-fifth of the U.S. corn harvest. And some groups blame ethanol for pushing up food prices. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/06/ethanol?refid=0 Tue, 06 May 2008 17:21:23 -0500 High prices for scrap steel cleaning the landscape High prices for scrap steel have helped push a widespread cleanup of the Minnesota landscape this spring. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/02/scrap?refid=0 Mon, 05 May 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Defense argues woman was not the driver in Cottonwood bus crash Attorneys have mapped out their defense of a woman accused of crashing into a school bus and killing four children in southwestern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/22/bail?refid=0 Tue, 22 Apr 2008 16:34:24 -0500 Hog farmers 'trying to survive' soaring corn prices More than 200 farmers met in Mankato Tuesday to discuss the financial pain that high grain prices are inflicting on livestock producers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/15/hogproducers?refid=0 Wed, 16 Apr 2008 01:00:00 -0500 Rising corn prices heat up ethanol tariff debate Rising corn and food prices are heating up the debate over ethanol subsidies. One of the first to be considered will be the ethanol import tariff. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/14/ethanoltariff_2008?refid=0 Tue, 15 Apr 2008 03:10:00 -0500 Participation in JOBZ declines For the third year in a row, the number of companies using Minnesota's JOBZ program has fallen. The Legislature is debating whether JOBZ should continue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/10/jobz_2008?refid=0 Fri, 11 Apr 2008 03:01:00 -0500 Markets react as farmers say they will plant more wheat, soybeans If you've noticed the price of food going up, you may be interested in what the U.S. Agriculture Department reported today. The USDA said farmers plan to put more soybeans and wheat in the ground and ease up on corn. That could slow the rise in food prices. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/31/commodityprices?refid=0 Mon, 31 Mar 2008 17:13:31 -0500 Feds to announce farmers' bets on crops The U.S. Agriculture Department this morning releases a report which in some way could affect practically everyone in the U.S. and beyond. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/28/plantplans?refid=0 Mon, 31 Mar 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Minnesota farm income soared last year New research indicates 2007 was the most profitable year for Minnesota farmers in more than three decades. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/26/farm_income?refid=0 Wed, 26 Mar 2008 16:00:00 -0500 Small town pharmacies struggle The owners of small town drugstore are having a hard time staying in business in many towns across the region. One problem is that they are paid too little for the prescriptions they fill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/24/pharmacy?refid=0 Tue, 25 Mar 2008 03:10:00 -0500 Ethanol a big factor, among several, driving up food prices Higher grain prices have driven up the cost of everything from chicken nuggets to bagels to lasagna. Demand for corn to feed the growing ethanol industry has received much of the blame for the rising food costs, but the corn-based fuel is not the only culprit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/06/food?refid=0 Thu, 06 Mar 2008 16:48:44 -0600 Federal charges filed against van driver in Cottonwood bus crash Olga Marino Franco del Cid is charged with identity theft and false representation of a Social Security number. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/29/federal_charges?refid=0 Fri, 29 Feb 2008 16:04:35 -0600 Immigration officials conduct enforcement action in Worthington Officials with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirm that an immigration enforcement action is underway in Worthington and in Sioux Falls, S.D. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/27/ice?refid=0 Wed, 27 Feb 2008 17:24:37 -0600 Van driver faces criminal charges and deportation The driver of a van which struck a school bus near Cottonwood, Minn., Tuesday, killing four students, has been charged with four counts of criminal vehicular homicide. Federal officials say the driver is in the U.S. illegally. They also say they don't know her real name. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/22/buscrashfolo?refid=0 Fri, 22 Feb 2008 10:45:39 -0600 Mourners gather to remember bus crash victims More than 1,000 people gathered in a high school gym Thursday night in Cottonwood to remember the victims of Tuesday's fatal school bus accident. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/22/memservice?refid=0 Fri, 22 Feb 2008 08:34:07 -0600 Authorities question driver's record and background The woman driving the van that plowed into a school bus in southwestern Minnesota this week has been arrested on suspicion of criminal vehicular operation. The news came on the same day that the community of Cottonwood gathered to mourn the four children killed in the accident. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/21/buscrasharrest?refid=0 Fri, 22 Feb 2008 00:00:02 -0600 A small town grieves over a huge loss There are more questions than answers in Cottonwood, Minn., as residents deal with the aftermath of one of the worst days in the town's history. Four students in the local schools died Tuesday in a bus accident just south of the community. Residents are asking one question -- why? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/20/buscrashfolo?refid=0 Wed, 20 Feb 2008 23:30:00 -0600 Four children dead, cause of bus crash still unclear Two brothers were among the four students killed in a southwestern Minnesota school bus crash, authorities said Wednesday. A third student was the daughter of a teacher, and a fourth was the son of a former teacher. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/20/school?refid=0 Wed, 20 Feb 2008 16:20:01 -0600 Investigation continues into school bus accident that killed four The Minnesota State Patrol will continue its investigation today of a school bus accident which killed four students and injured more than a dozen others. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/19/bus?refid=0 Wed, 20 Feb 2008 03:05:00 -0600 Hog producers losing money These are difficult days for hog producers. They're not getting much for their pigs and it's costing a lot more to feed the animals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/29/hogs_2008?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jan 2008 16:09:01 -0600 56 businesses warned on smoking ban Officials with the Minnesota Health Department have warned more than 50 businesses about possible smoking violations. A state ban prohibits most indoor smoking in public places. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/15/smokingviolations?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jan 2008 03:00:00 -0600 Wind farmers want their two cents Supporters of wind energy are watching to see if Congress renews a tax credit for the industry that expires at the end of the year. Without the credit, construction of new wind farms could slow substantially. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/08/wind_2008?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jan 2008 03:00:21 -0600 Pipestone's Hiawatha Pageant to close after 60 years A summertime play in Pipestone seen by more than a half million people is ending. It's one of several outdoor dramas around the country that have closed in recent years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/21/hiawathawraps?refid=0 Sun, 30 Dec 2007 15:00:00 -0600 Minnesota's decontamination trailers may be unroadworthy Last September an emergency mobile showering unit known as a decontamination trailer overturned on a highway south of the Twin Cities. Now state officials are trying to determine whether the 19 trailers stationed around the state are safe. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/17/decontaminationtrailers?refid=0 Mon, 17 Dec 2007 16:30:00 -0600 Senate rejects Klobuchar's attempt to limit farm payments The U.S. Senate on Thursday rejected Minn. Sen. Amy Klobuchar's amendment to limit farm bill payments. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/14/farm_subsidies?refid=0 Fri, 14 Dec 2007 09:41:55 -0600 Worthington still smarting one year after Swift raid There is still intense debate over the value of a national immigration raid one year ago against the Swift meatpacking company. More than 200 illegal immigrants were rounded up in southwest Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/11/swiftanniversary?refid=0 Wed, 12 Dec 2007 03:05:00 -0600 Biodiesel industry sputtering These are tough times for farm-based renewable fuels. Biodiesel producers are being squeezed by high soybean prices. Some plants have closed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/29/biodiesel?refid=0 Fri, 30 Nov 2007 16:30:00 -0600 Senate farm bill stalls The Senate hopes to pass a new farm bill before leaving for their Thanksgiving break. Democrats will try to break an impasse over the measure today by limiting debate on the legislation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/15/senateagbill?refid=0 Fri, 16 Nov 2007 03:05:38 -0600 Vietnam vets remember Dale Wayrynen's sacrifice During the Vietnam War, five Minnesotans were awarded the Medal of Honor. One of those to receive the nation's highest military award was an Army solider from the northern part of the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/13/mohwayrynen?refid=0 Tue, 13 Nov 2007 13:42:20 -0600 How the tap code works How the tap code works http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/12/tapcode?refid=0 Mon, 12 Nov 2007 15:00:51 -0600 Leo Thorsness' flight into history Leo Thorsness earned the Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War. The Air Force pilot received the nation's top combat award for a 1967 mission over North Vietnam. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/12/mohthorsness?refid=0 Mon, 12 Nov 2007 15:00:37 -0600 Customers complain after cell phone switchover Cell phone customers love to criticize their wireless company. In southern Minnesota, the latest target is the nation's fifth largest provider, Alltel. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/30/alltellprobs?refid=0 Tue, 30 Oct 2007 15:30:58 -0500 Indian business makes energy on Minnesota prairie Even before Gov. Pawlenty's trade mission to India, a few Indian companies dot the landscape in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/18/indiablades?refid=0 Mon, 22 Oct 2007 01:44:13 -0500 Ethanol industry braces for tough times After several years of unprecedented profits, the ethanol industry has taken a downturn. The main problem are low prices for the raw product. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/11/ethanoldownturn?refid=0 Thu, 11 Oct 2007 16:00:53 -0500 Prosperity sprouts in Minnesota farm fields The best news this harvest may be strong grain prices. Corn has attracted most of attention, but other crops including soybeans are moving higher. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/01/soybeanharvest?refid=0 Mon, 01 Oct 2007 18:00:51 -0500 Small towns turn to alternative power Municipal utility companies are finding that in some cases renewable energy may have a price advantage. They're under state pressure to diversify their energy sources. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/27/smalltownpower?refid=0 Sun, 30 Sep 2007 12:00:46 -0500 Deadly deer-cycle collisions rising Fall may be the best time of year for a long motorcycle ride. It may also be the most dangerous. Deer are especially active then and more bikers are hitting them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/18/deerbikecollisions?refid=0 Thu, 20 Sep 2007 04:00:33 -0500 Big Stone II power plant suffers setback The proposed Big Stone II coal-fired power plant may be downsized following the withdrawal of a major partner. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/18/bigstonewithdrawal?refid=0 Tue, 18 Sep 2007 09:41:56 -0500 Fall harvest looks stronger than expected The latest crop report contains a couple of surprises: The size of the corn crop will be even bigger than expected, and grain prices are moving higher despite that news. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/12/goodcropoutlook?refid=0 Wed, 12 Sep 2007 16:24:55 -0500 Luverne prepares for 'The War' Thursday is a big day in the city of Luverne, in southwest Minnesota. The town will host the world premiere of Ken Burns' new film "The War." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/05/warpremier?refid=0 Thu, 06 Sep 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Rushford asks: 'Will they be there' to help? In Rushford, Minnesota, residents are coping with extreme conditions following last weekend's flood -- no water, no sewer, no phones, no power. And they're waiting for help. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/22/femaflood?refid=0 Wed, 22 Aug 2007 23:00:51 -0500 The town of Elba mucks out The Red Cross estimates that last weekend's flash flood in southeast Minnesota damaged more than 4,000 homes. Of that number, 700 suffered major damage or are total losses. That means a lot more cleanup ahead. In the town of Elba, two-thirds of the homes were damaged. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/22/elbaflood?refid=0 Wed, 22 Aug 2007 08:45:06 -0500 Big Stone power plant expansion gets green light The proposed Big Stone II coal-fired power plant cleared an important hurdle Wednesday. Two Minnesota administrative law judges gave a favorable recommendation to a power line project needed for the plant. Environmental groups oppose Big Stone II, saying it will contribute to global warming. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/15/bigstone?refid=0 Thu, 16 Aug 2007 01:00:07 -0500 Despite drought Minnesota's harvest down only slightly A prediction of a near normal corn crop in Minnesota this year is being met with skepticism by farmers and others. The U.S. Agriculture Department estimates an average statewide yield of 156 bushels an acre. With much of the state in drought conditions, some wonder how accurate that figure is. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/10/cropprodrpt?refid=0 Fri, 10 Aug 2007 13:38:58 -0500 Soldier from North Mankato killed in Iraq Army Staff Sgt. Jacob Thompson, who grew up in North Mankato, is the latest Minnesota solider to die in Iraq. Thompson was killed this week in Baqubah during a house-to-house search. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/07/soldier?refid=0 Wed, 08 Aug 2007 13:36:11 -0500 With a struggle ahead, patience wears thin in flood zone In Winona, about 60 area residents confronted Gov. Tim Pawlenty, saying they aren't getting the help they need to recover from flash floods that killed six. Meanwhile, the cleanup continued. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/20/flood_day_2?refid=0 Mon, 06 Aug 2007 22:30:58 -0500 Divers to get more help in search for missing motorists An FBI dive team is expected in the city on Monday to help in the aftermath of the collapse of the I-35W bridge. It could be the first of two units from the federal government to help. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/05/sunpm?refid=0 Sun, 05 Aug 2007 21:14:06 -0500 A clearer picture of the missing in bridge collapse The Minneapolis Police Department has released the names of eight people missing in the Interstate 35W bridge collapse. Families of some of the missing visited the collapse site Saturday. Divers are searching the murky river waters for victims. Five people are confirmed dead in Wednesday's bridge collapse. No bodies were recovered Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/05/missing?refid=0 Sun, 05 Aug 2007 08:42:51 -0500 Latest report shows crops are drying up Minnesota crops continued to deteriorate over the last week, despite rain in parts of the region. The latest crop report out Monday says only 21 percent of the state's farmland has adequate soil moisture. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/30/cropreport?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jul 2007 17:00:13 -0500 Dry weather worries parts of region Despite heavy rain across parts of the region, concerns remain about dry conditions in Minnesota and South Dakota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/18/drywx?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jul 2007 17:00:00 -0500 NOAA says Dead Zone could be largest ever Federal officials estimate this year's Gulf of Mexico's "dead zone" could be the largest ever measured. One cause for the larger than normal dead zone could be an increase this year in the size of the nation's corn crop. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/17/deadzonesize?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jul 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Researcher predicts larger Gulf dead zone this year A researcher with the U.S. Geological Survey says there was a sharp increase this spring in the amount of nitrogen entering the Gulf of Mexico from the Mississippi River. The excess fertilizer likely will cause an increase in the size of the Gulf's dead zone. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/12/deadzonenumbers?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jul 2007 17:00:00 -0500 South Dakota executes convicted killer South Dakota executed convicted murderer Elijah Page Wednesday night by lethal injection. This was the first execution in the state in 60 years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/11/sdexecution?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jul 2007 01:43:11 -0500 Farmers worry ethanol mergers in the future The face of the ethanol industry could change in the next year if analysts predicting a wave of mergers are correct. An expected over-supply of the corn-based fuel could trigger industry consolidation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/09/ethanolplants?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jul 2007 09:00:00 -0500 Sioux Falls soldier dies in Iraq A South Dakota soldier has died in combat in Iraq. Staff Sgt. Robb Rolfing was killed Saturday by small arms fire in Baghdad. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/02/sdsoldierobituary?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jul 2007 10:25:36 -0500 Iowa pushes organic farming to fill demand gap Farmers in the Sioux City, Iowa area are being encouraged to switch to organic crop production. If it works, the new producers will join a growing industry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/21/organiciowa?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jun 2007 12:00:00 -0500 Lines drawn over subsidy cap in farm bill Subcommittee work is underway in Congress on a new farm bill. House lawmakers mainly from southern states oppose major changes in the farm subsidy program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/21/farmbillfight?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jun 2007 06:15:50 -0500 Livestock and poultry producers challenge ethanol subsidies Farmers usually stick together, but the powerful influence of ethanol is causing cracks in their united front. The issue is ethanol subsidies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/07/ethanolsubsidies?refid=0 Sun, 10 Jun 2007 15:00:00 -0500 Sale of Swift & Co. raises questions in Worthington One of the largest employers in southwest Minnesota is part of the sale of the Swift & Co. meatpacking business. A Brazilian company bought Swift in a $1.4 billion deal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/29/swiftsale?refid=0 Tue, 29 May 2007 16:00:00 -0500 Why the corn boom could hurt the Gulf of Mexico U.S. farmers are planting one of their largest corn crops ever this spring. Most of the extra corn is bound for ethanol refineries. All that corn means more fertilizer and that could affect the Gulf of Mexico. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/23/nitrogen?refid=0 Tue, 29 May 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Community rebuilds after cemetery desecration Last fall vandals toppled a dozen grave markers at a cemetery in southwest Minnesota. Most of the damage has been repaired, but people still wonder why it happened. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/25/desecration?refid=0 Sun, 27 May 2007 15:00:00 -0500 High scrap prices are a mixed blessing Rising almost as fast as the price of scrap metal is the theft of those materials. A southern Minnesota salvage operator has found that out firsthand. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/17/scrapguy?refid=0 Sun, 20 May 2007 15:00:00 -0500 Lines drawn over power transmission A new spurt of powerline construction is being planned for Minnesota. The lines will help bring electricity from new sources of generation to an ever-expanding marketplace. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/24/transmissionlines?refid=0 Thu, 26 Apr 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Legislators, businesses criticize JOBZ The future of Minnesota's JOBZ program is in the hands of the state legislature. Gov. Tim Pawlenty calls it "the mother of all economic development incentives," but some lawmakers want to end the program. Although JOBZ provides tax breaks, not all business owners are happy with it either. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/12/jobzblues?refid=0 Thu, 12 Apr 2007 19:00:00 -0500 Farmers to plant more corn to meet ethanol demand The U.S. Agriculture Department reported Friday that American farmers will plant the most corn in about 60 years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/30/cropreport?refid=0 Fri, 30 Mar 2007 10:15:42 -0500 Farmers play corn roulette This could be a historic year for the nation's corn farmers. It's expected that rising ethanol production will bring a big increase in the U.S. corn crop. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/27/cornpredictions?refid=0 Thu, 29 Mar 2007 03:00:00 -0500 The shot for the 1972 championship Thirty-five years ago at Williams Arena a little basketball history was made, with a single amazing shot that won a Minnesota State Boys Basketball Championship. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/21/greatshot?refid=0 Thu, 22 Mar 2007 17:00:00 -0500 Defending Montevideo from the flood waters Residents of Montevideo are accustomed to springtime flooding. The most recent flood forecast predicts only minor trouble, but there's still a major flood issue to worry about. The federal government may decertify Montevideo's protective levees and force major flood insurance costs on homeowners and businesses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/09/montevideolevee?refid=0 Fri, 09 Mar 2007 15:00:00 -0600 A storm to remember The second major winter storm in a week shut down roads, schools, businesses all across Minnesota Friday. A blizzard warning remains in effect this hour for parts of southern Minnesota, mainly because of blowing snow. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/02/snowstatewide?refid=0 Fri, 02 Mar 2007 14:57:45 -0600 Hospital closing brings Ivanhoe full circle The demands of a changing health care system troubles all hospitals but especially ones in small towns. The latest Minnesota hospital to close is in the community of Ivanhoe. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/26/ivanhoehospital?refid=0 Mon, 26 Feb 2007 17:00:00 -0600 Walz hears farm bill ideas Southwest Minnesota farmers told 1st District Congressman Tim Walz Wednesday what they'd like to see in the next farm bill. Among the suggestions: cap federal subsidy payments to the largest farms. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/21/farmhearing?refid=0 Wed, 21 Feb 2007 17:40:00 -0600 Minnesota wants changes in South Dakota power plant Minnesota officials including Governor Pawlenty are weighing in on a proposed coal power plant in South Dakota. They're concerned the plant would add to global warming. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/08/transmissionlines?refid=0 Fri, 09 Feb 2007 03:00:00 -0600 Climate exchange battles global warming with capitalism The Chicago Climate Exchange is one of the experimental outposts on the global warming frontlines. Members reduce greenhouse gases and earn money at the same time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/02/climateexchange?refid=0 Fri, 02 Feb 2007 14:50:26 -0600 State officials reject Big Stone transmission lines Officials at the Minnesota Department of Commerce are recommending against a major transmission line project in the western part of the state unless certain conditions are met. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/31/bigstone?refid=0 Wed, 31 Jan 2007 11:30:54 -0600 Minnesota farmers boost corn acres Minnesota's mix of crops will be a little different this spring. Farmers will plant more corn. The underlying reason for the decision is the growth of the ethanol industry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/26/cornprices?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jan 2007 15:00:00 -0600 Legislative auditor blasts management of watersheds A legislative auditor's report says a Minnesota state agency is doing an inadequate job overseeing local watershed management units. In a report released Thursday, the office says the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources has failed to perform key parts of its mission. The agency supervises some 240 local watershed entities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/26/bwsrreport?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jan 2007 07:18:50 -0600 Swift & Co. may be for sale The board of directors of the company targeted in last month's federal immigration raid say they may sell. Swift & Company has more than a half dozen meatpacking plants including one in Minnesota at Worthington. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/23/possibleswiftsale?refid=0 Tue, 23 Jan 2007 15:55:00 -0600 A town divided talks about the immigration raid that tore it apart At Sunday's event there were calls for new immigration policies. But not all Swift workers oppose the raid. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/07/raidhearing?refid=0 Sun, 07 Jan 2007 22:30:27 -0600 Small railroads see big ethanol future The ethanol boom is helping more than farmers. Most of the nation's ethanol production is transported by rail. Shortline railroads often ar the first link in moving the fuel from rural plants to big city markets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/03/shortlines?refid=0 Fri, 05 Jan 2007 03:01:00 -0600 What rights does an immigrant have? The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids on Swift meatpacking plants could produce a rash of lawsuits. Immigration lawyers say some people were wrongly detained while federal officials say the actions were completely legal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/27/immigrantrights?refid=0 Fri, 29 Dec 2006 03:00:00 -0600 Swift and Co. raids may have lasting implications This week's immigration raid on meatpacking giant Swift and Company may have changed some basic relationships between the industry and the government. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/15/swiftprogram?refid=0 Fri, 15 Dec 2006 17:20:25 -0600 Fear and uncertainty in Worthington follow immigration raid Residents of Worthington spent the day reacting to Tuesday's immigration raid at the Swift meat-packing plant in the community. Many Swift workers scared and confused about their future, and that of their friends and relatives. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/13/swiftraidupdate?refid=0 Wed, 13 Dec 2006 17:00:00 -0600 Feds raid meat-packing plant in Minnesota Federal agents raided a southwest Minnesota meatpacking plant on Tuesday, searching for illegal immigrants involved in an identity-theft ring. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/12/meatraids?refid=0 Tue, 12 Dec 2006 16:42:19 -0600 Federal help for cellulosic ethanol Several companies are competing to build the nation's first cellulosic ethanol plants. The federal government likely will help decide the winners. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/08/celluloseethanol?refid=0 Sat, 09 Dec 2006 15:00:00 -0600 Construction concerns stall new ethanol plants Some plans for new ethanol production have been postponed or canceled across the U.S. as the ethanol boom slows. One analyst says far more plants have been proposed than will ever be built. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/05/stallingethanol?refid=0 Tue, 05 Dec 2006 14:10:00 -0600 Study shows corn price winners and losers Rising corn prices are producing a variety of results in agriculture. One group which could suffer is livestock producers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/21/cornstudy?refid=0 Fri, 24 Nov 2006 15:00:00 -0600 Sierra Club demands Big Stone Power Plant cut pollution The Sierra Club in Minnesota says it will go to court unless the Big Stone Power Plant on the Minnesota-South Dakota border takes steps to reduce pollution by about 90 percent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/20/bigstonelawsuit?refid=0 Mon, 20 Nov 2006 14:37:54 -0600 The slow death of nursing homes The number of nursing homes in Minnesota is shrinking. Choices like assisted living apartments have become the preferred housing option for many senior citizens. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/16/nursinghomes?refid=0 Thu, 16 Nov 2006 17:00:03 -0600 Walz goes from the classroom to Congress Democrat Tim Walz spent his first day as 1st District congressman-elect with family and supporters in Mankato. Walz beat six-term Republican Gil Gutknecht in Tuesday's election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/08/walzfirstday?refid=0 Wed, 08 Nov 2006 15:00:00 -0600 Spreading the word about manure More farmers are using manure to beat the high cost of commercial fertilizer. The practice brings with it environmental issues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/26/manure?refid=0 Fri, 27 Oct 2006 01:00:00 -0500 Reseeding the prairie The number of prairie areas in Minnesota is slowly increasing. Each fall the state reseeds hundreds of acres of marginal farmland and other parcels of land with native prairie plants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/23/prairieseeds?refid=0 Tue, 24 Oct 2006 01:00:00 -0500 Crops bounce back for a strong harvest Minnesota's corn and soybean farmers are harvesting decent yields following a year of weather uncertainties. There's was too much rain, then too little. A mid-summer drought nearly ruined the October finish. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/03/strongharvest?refid=0 Wed, 04 Oct 2006 01:00:00 -0500 Couple wants to preserve historic battle site A group has organized to recognize the last battle site in the 1862 U.S.-Dakota Conflict. The landowners are willing to open the scene of the Wood Lake battle to the public. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/11/woodlake?refid=0 Fri, 22 Sep 2006 16:00:00 -0500 Ethanol makers search for cheaper raw material There could be a major change underway in how ethanol is made. Several companies want to start producing the alcohol fuel from plant fiber. Most ethanol now is made from corn. How likely is the transition to what's called cellulose ethanol? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/07/ethanolfuture?refid=0 Fri, 22 Sep 2006 05:00:00 -0500 What is cellulosic ethanol? Most ethanol is currently made from corn. But as demand goes up, other types of plant materials may become sources for ethanol production. Here's how the process works. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/13/cellulosicsidebar?refid=0 Wed, 13 Sep 2006 11:47:37 -0500 Crop report shows timely rain helped August rains have helped turn around much of the corn and soybean crop in Minnnesota. The U.S. Agriculture Department estimates state farmers should harvest a crop nearly as large as last year's. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/12/cropreport?refid=0 Tue, 12 Sep 2006 16:00:00 -0500 Crime victim visa slow going Federal officials have failed to meet a deadline for implementing a special visa designed to encourage illegal immigrants to help with criminal investigations. Regulations for the U visa should be out soon. A 16 year old in southern Minnesota hopes that's true. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/01/uvisa?refid=0 Tue, 05 Sep 2006 02:00:00 -0500 Harvest will show wide variation this year Minnesota's soybean crop suffered most from the summer drought according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Some Minnesota farmers will find their best yields ever next month while may take home half a crop. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/10/cropestimate?refid=0 Fri, 11 Aug 2006 15:00:00 -0500 Gubernatorial candidates face farmers at Farmfest A Minnesota econonmic development program that's the creation of the Pawlenty administration came under fire Wednesday as the gubernatorial candidates spoke before crowd at Farmfest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/02/farmfestgovforum?refid=0 Wed, 02 Aug 2006 14:00:00 -0500 U.S. Senate candidates go country at Farmfest The candidates for Minnesota's U.S. Senate seat sparred over agriculture policy today at Farmfest near Redwood Falls. Republican Mark Kennedy and Democrat Amy Klobuchar both said it may be a good idea to extend current federal agriculture programs instead of writing a new farm bill next year. They disagreed over which one is the true friend of the farmer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/01/ussenateforum?refid=0 Tue, 01 Aug 2006 23:00:00 -0500 Drought damages corn crop Corn farmers dealing with drought may have another problem, low prices. Corn prices have declined in recent weeks because traders believe there's enough grain on hand to meet demand. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/27/cornkernals?refid=0 Fri, 28 Jul 2006 17:00:00 -0500 Farmer, world, push conservation spending Farm subsidies are becoming so expensive some people expect significant changes in federal agricultural policy. If that happens, land and water conservation programs may benefit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/21/farmhearing?refid=0 Fri, 21 Jul 2006 14:00:00 -0500 Dry conditions hit some crops hard Minnesota crops suffered more damage last week as hot, mostly dry conditions dominated the weather. The weekly crop report says corn has been especially hard hit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/17/drycrops?refid=0 Tue, 18 Jul 2006 00:00:01 -0500 Bankrupt treasurer runs again The personal finances of the Murray County Auditor/Treasurer are attracting attention as he begins his re-election campaign. That's because Gary Spaeth and his wife filed for personal bankruptcy last fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/11/bankruptauditor?refid=0 Wed, 12 Jul 2006 01:00:00 -0500 Floyd Palmer's long road Floyd Palmer has lived through some of the worst life can serve up, but he's managed to overcome most of it. His story is both inspirational and cautionary. It shows childhood scars can be dealt with, but there's always a price. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/20/povertystory?refid=0 Mon, 19 Jun 2006 14:00:00 -0500 Protesters absent from memorial service for Marine Over 1,000 people turned out in the small town of Welcome on Saturday for the funeral of a Marine killed in Iraq. Robert Posivio III died May 23 when a roadside bomb hit his vehicle. Members of a Kansas church canceled their expected protest at the funeral. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/03/funeral?refid=0 Sat, 03 Jun 2006 18:20:40 -0500 Upper Sioux banishes drug criminals An Indian tribe in southwest Minnesota has passed one of the toughest tribal anti-drug policies in the nation. Anyone convicted of drug crimes on the Upper Sioux Reservation is automatically prohibited from setting foot on the reservation for a certain length of time, a policy sometimes called banishment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/30/banishment?refid=0 Wed, 31 May 2006 09:00:00 -0500 Minnesota River phosphorus cleanup The Minnesota River is cleaner than it was a decade ago but it's still far from pristine. Reducing phosphorus in the river is the current pollution target. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/23/mnriverphosphorus?refid=0 Tue, 23 May 2006 15:30:00 -0500 Worthington groups stay separate The goal is for immigrants to blend seamlessly into their new communities. That rarely happens. Like many cities, the different groups in Worthington tend to keep to themselves. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/16/immigrantperception?refid=0 Wed, 17 May 2006 00:00:00 -0500 Preparing a "Day without Immigrants" The push for a change in immigration law reaches a new level today as Latinos and other minority groups are being asked to stay home from work to demonstrate their economic clout. Organizers call the protest "A day without immigrants." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/28/mayfirstdemos?refid=0 Sun, 30 Apr 2006 15:00:00 -0500 Historic sites reopen Restored state funding for seven Minnesota historic sites, including the James J. Hill House and the Lower Sioux Agency means regular operations at the locations this summer. The state cut money for the sites three years ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/24/historicsites?refid=0 Wed, 26 Apr 2006 16:00:00 -0500 South Dakota power plant worries Minnesota residents Utility companies plan to build or expand dozens of coal power plants in the U.S. One plant in eastern South Dakota has raised concerns downwind in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/31/bigstonepower?refid=0 Tue, 04 Apr 2006 17:00:00 -0500 Failed sewer plants cost state millions The new wastewater treatment plants were supposed to solve the sewer problems of more than a dozen small Minnesota towns. Instead they became a costly headache. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/17/wasterwater?refid=0 Fri, 17 Mar 2006 13:40:19 -0600 New study targets farm ditches A new study finds hundreds of miles of farm drainage ditches don't comply with state law. That's a threat to Minnesota waterways. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/01/ditchstudy?refid=0 Thu, 02 Mar 2006 00:00:00 -0600 Pumping up ethanol Motorists who use E85 ethanol sometimes have problems finding a station that sells it. U.S. companies are among those working to increase the number of pumps. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/24/ethanolpumps?refid=0 Sun, 26 Feb 2006 15:00:00 -0600 New money changes ethanol industry The bulls on Wall Street have developed a taste for Midwest corn. They're investing in corn-based ethanol, which is both good and bad news for Minnesota farmers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/08/ethanolbusiness?refid=0 Thu, 09 Feb 2006 05:00:00 -0600 Immigration proposal raises concerns in Worthington Nearly 300 people turned out in Worthington Sunday to talk about immigration. The subject has been a major topic of discussion since Gov. Tim Pawlenty proposed new measures to deal with undocumented workers. Worthington's large immigrant population is concerned it may be targeted. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/30_steilm_immigration/?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jan 2006 09:10:00 -0600 Extra dollars from the harvest Farmers are always looking for new ways to squeeze more money out of what they grow. One idea is to make boards from plant material. It's been a struggle. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/30_steilm_biofiber/?refid=0 Sun, 29 Jan 2006 14:00:00 -0600 Health Savings Accounts get the business Companies like consumer-driven health care because it can reduce their health insurance bill. Workers are less certain. Some are wary of the approach. Consumer plans combine high deductible insurance with an employee controlled Health Savings Account. Unions in particular say the approach is flawed. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/23_steilm_congoal/?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jan 2006 05:00:00 -0600 Prescription for Change Companies are creating a host of ways to shift the cost of health care while encouraging employees to live healthy lifestyles. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/projects/2006/01/healthcare/?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jan 2006 00:01:00 -0600 Banking on health care Consumer-driven health care is blurring the lines between insurance and banking. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/23_steilm_financial/?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jan 2006 00:01:00 -0600 Trading grain for health insurance Cargill is launching a new program that encourages farmers to mix grain sales with health care. Cargill will help farmers pay for their medical bills through health savings accounts, in exchange for their grain contracts. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/19_steilm_cargillhealth/?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jan 2006 16:15:00 -0600 Property owners suffer meth cost Property owners are finding how expensive it is to clean up a house involved in methamphetamine use. Often it costs too much and the building is taken down. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/13_steilm_methhouses/?refid=0 Tue, 13 Dec 2005 00:01:00 -0600 Charlie Company comes home Charlie Company is home from Iraq. A couple thousand supporters welcomed back the western Minnesota National Guard unit Monday night in Morris. There was praise for the troops mixed with sorrow, because three of the company's soldiers were killed during its stay in Baghdad. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/06_steilm_guardhome/?refid=0 Tue, 06 Dec 2005 10:00:00 -0600 The origin of Floyd of Rosedale One of college football's most famous trophies has its roots in a courageous decision by a football player, who decided to cross the color line of 1930s America. He set in motion a series of events which lead to the establishment of the Floyd of Rosedale trophy, contested each fall by the Minnesota and Iowa football teams. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/14_steilm_floydofrosedale/?refid=0 Thu, 17 Nov 2005 12:00:00 -0600 A showdown over hard rock mining A showdown over mining rock in the Minnesota River Valley is expected to come to a head soon. Environmental groups have sparred with construction interests in the past year over the issue. Environmentalists say the rock mining ruins the beauty of the valley. But construction companies that use the rock say the it's needed to build roads. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/08_steilm_hardrock/?refid=0 Tue, 08 Nov 2005 10:04:00 -0600 Home for the harvest The fall harvest is a time when everyone on the farm does their part. Sometimes the help comes from a long distance away. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/26_steilm_harvest/?refid=0 Wed, 26 Oct 2005 17:14:00 -0500 Grain storage problems at elevators A big crop and transportation problems have many Minnesota elevators storing grain on the ground. One co-op in southwest Minnesota may store almost two million bushels of corn and soybeans outside. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/13_steilm_harvestimpact/?refid=0 Thu, 13 Oct 2005 00:01:00 -0500 Drainage ditches cause pollution; oversight is spotty Minnesota requires a grass buffer strip along certain farm drainage ditches, but some people wonder if it's enforced. The grassy border is designed to limit soil erosion. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/10_steilm_impairedditches/?refid=0 Wed, 12 Oct 2005 12:00:00 -0500 Biodiesel requirement takes effect State officials are celebrating the start of a new requirement Thursday that all diesel fuel sold in Minnesota contain 2 percent biodiesel. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/29_steilm_biodiesel/?refid=0 Thu, 29 Sep 2005 00:01:00 -0500 Katrina slows farm economy Hurricane Katrina's impact reaches far beyond the gulf coast. As harvest approaches, Minnesota farmers are worried about the storm's effect on them. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/05_steilm_ageffect/?refid=0 Mon, 05 Sep 2005 00:01:00 -0500 Power line capacity at center of debate in western Minnesota Wind energy supporters are watching a proposed power project in South Dakota and Minnesota. They want to make sure any new transmission lines are also available to the wind and renewable energy industry. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/25_steilm_bigstonepower/?refid=0 Mon, 29 Aug 2005 00:01:00 -0500 Minnesota's oldest co-op store may close One of the oldest stores in Minnesota may close its doors. A group of farmers started the store in 1894. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/10_steilm_godahlstore/?refid=0 Wed, 10 Aug 2005 17:23:00 -0500 U.S. ag secretary meets with Minnesota farmers Farmers are tuned into the debate over the next farm bill. They demonstrated their interest at a public meeting Wednesday at Farmfest, near Redwood Falls, which was hosted by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/04_steilm_johanns/?refid=0 Thu, 04 Aug 2005 06:52:00 -0500 The subsidy factor in land sales One of the factors driving near-record farmland prices may be federal crop subsidies. The top subsidy recipients are also among the top land buyers. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/03_steilm_farmsubsidies/?refid=0 Wed, 03 Aug 2005 07:40:00 -0500 Pipestone stages Longfellow's "Hiawatha" It's not quite a cast of thousands, but the performance is still epic in scope. A group of volunteers in Pipestone is ready to present Longfellow's "Song of Hiawatha" for the 57th year. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/22_steilm_hiawatha/?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jul 2005 15:12:00 -0500 Farmers using more crop consultants Agriculture is becoming so specialized that many farmers hire consultants. During the summer the consultant's main focus is crop health. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/30_steilm_cropconsultants/?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jul 2005 00:01:00 -0500 Minnesota wind energy sales increasing Then number of Minnesota residents paying extra on their electricity bill to boost the state's wind energy industry is increasing. About 16,000 households buy wind generated electricity each month. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/05_steilm_windpower/?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jul 2005 00:03:00 -0500 Lieutenant from Mankato killed in Iraq A roadside bomb near Tikrit killed a Minnesota Army Lieutenant Wednesday. Michael Fasnacht arrived in Iraq about five months ago. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/10_steilm_fasnachtobit/?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jun 2005 15:50:00 -0500 Blue Earth River heavily polluted Fecal coliform bacteria levels in the Blue Earth River in southern Minnesota are so high it's a risky place to swim. Efforts are underway to reduce bacteria, but it's slow going. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/09_steilm_blueearth/?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jun 2005 00:01:00 -0500 Gene altered pollen worries organic farmers Organic farming has many rules, including a ban on genetically altered crops. Even with the ban, gene modified plants show up in their fields. It's an environmental and economic concern. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/27_steilm_gmocrops/?refid=0 Mon, 23 May 2005 00:01:00 -0500 Minnesota River valley mining questioned A group of southern Minnesota counties sees the Minnesota River Valley as a potential major supplier of crushed rock for the state's construction industry. River advocates say parts of the valley should be off-limits. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/09_steilm_rockmining/?refid=0 Sun, 08 May 2005 15:00:00 -0500 Interest in E85 increases as prices drop Prices in at least one part of the fuel market have dropped the past few months. 85 percent ethanol, known as E85, has sold for as much as 80 cents below the per gallon price of gasoline. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/28_steilm_e86sales/?refid=0 Thu, 28 Apr 2005 00:01:00 -0500 Restoring Harvey Dunn's legacy A major restoration of Harvey Dunn's paintings is underway. The South Dakota born artist is famous for his depictions of pioneer life on the prairie. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/18_steilm_dunn/?refid=0 Fri, 22 Apr 2005 10:01:00 -0500 Windom builds telecommunications system A southwest Minnesota city is ready to launch its own telecommunications system. Windom is the first community in the state to offer phone, Internet and cable television in one package. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/28_steilm_windomcable/?refid=0 Sun, 27 Mar 2005 15:30:00 -0600 The ethanol equation Ethanol is known to many as the fuel which takes more energy to make than it yields. The Cornell scientist most known for promoting the claim says that equation also applies to other fuels. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/21_steilm_ethanolenergy/?refid=0 Mon, 21 Mar 2005 00:01:00 -0600 Small business health insurance purchasing plans struggling Small companies in western Minnesota thought a pool approach to health insurance would lower their premium bills. So far the idea hasn't worked, and only a handful of companies have signed on. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/14_steilm_healthplan/?refid=0 Mon, 14 Mar 2005 00:01:00 -0600 Appleton streets honor soldiers A Minnesota National Guard soldier killed last week in Iraq will be honored by his hometown. It's a long tradition in Appleton, naming streets after soldiers killed in war. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/02_steilm_appletonstreets/?refid=0 Tue, 01 Mar 2005 08:39:00 -0600 Remembering three lives The Iraq war came home with deadly impact this week to a cluster of western Minnesota towns. Three soldiers from Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 151st Field Artillery, were killed. At the unit's headquarters in Montevideo, soldiers and citizens mourned, and wondered about the loss. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/23_steilm_soldiersfolo/?refid=0 Wed, 23 Feb 2005 17:00:00 -0600 Three Minnesotans killed in Iraq on the same day Three National Guardsmen died on the same day in Iraq, in the deadliest day for Minnesota soldiers since at least the Vietnam War. All are members of the 151st Field Artillery, based in Montevideo. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/22_ap_gaurdkilled/?refid=0 Tue, 22 Feb 2005 11:41:00 -0600 Coal's comeback Construction of Minnesota's first coal-fired ethanol plant could start this spring in the southwest part of the state. It's one of several coal projects planned in the Upper Midwest. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/16_steilm_coalethanol/?refid=0 Wed, 16 Feb 2005 00:01:00 -0600 State faces national hurdles in seeking increased ethanol use Governor Pawlenty and state legislative leaders are backing plans to increase the use of ethanol fuel in the state. If the legislature passes the idea, its only the first step in a long process. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/24_steilm_ethanol/?refid=0 Sun, 23 Jan 2005 14:48:00 -0600 Biodiesel production begins in Minnesota Minnesota is the first state in the U.S. to require the use of biodiesel fuels. A plant near Redwood Falls is the first in the state to produce the new fuel. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/07_steilm_biodiesel/?refid=0 Fri, 07 Jan 2005 14:06:00 -0600 Tax break boosts farmland prices Buying farmland is all about numbers these days and one of the most popular is 1031. It's a tax break that's bringing the effects of urban sprawl to all parts of the state. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/28_steilm_landswap/?refid=0 Tue, 28 Dec 2004 00:01:00 -0600 Hermann the German rises again A southern Minnesota landmark returned to its lofty pedestal Tuesday in New Ulm. A crane lifted Hermann the German, all 32 feet of him, into place. The copper statue was taken down about a year and a half ago to repair more than 100 years of wear. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/09_steilm_hermannreturns/?refid=0 Tue, 09 Nov 2004 12:52:00 -0600 Record corn harvest in southern Minnesota For some Minnesota farmers, the 2004 corn harvest is a once in a lifetime event. Many are finding yields they only dreamed of in the past. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/02_steilm_bumpercrop/?refid=0 Tue, 02 Nov 2004 00:01:00 -0600 RV vote could affect South Dakota senate race Several thousand people with only slim ties to South Dakota could affect the state's U.S. Senate contest. They are people who live and travel most of the year in recreational vehicles. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/27_steilm_sodakrvvoters/?refid=0 Fri, 29 Oct 2004 00:01:00 -0500 Candidates face long days in 22B One of the open seats in the Minnesota House is District 22B in southwest Minnesota. Republican Elaine Harder is retiring after serving five terms. It's a conservative part of the state heavy on agriculture. Both candidates say health care is the main concern of voters. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/18_steilm_legprofile/?refid=0 Fri, 22 Oct 2004 00:01:00 -0500 Wal-Mart worries replay the past Wal-Mart is the biggest retailer the U.S. has ever known. For many small businesses, it's also the biggest threat they've every known. Wal-Mart is looking at New Ulm in southern Minnesota as a potential store site, and many business owners there are unhappy. It's not the first time they've faced corporate competition, for some it's been going on more than a century. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/09/28_steilm_retailstruggle/?refid=0 Tue, 28 Sep 2004 16:36:00 -0500 Beer maker stays independent Life's not easy for small businesses. Either a big corporation is squeezing your future, or you're scratching for money to fix some machine. Survive 10 years and you're an old-timer. Last 144 years and you're a legend. The August Schell Brewing Co. of New Ulm has attained legend status. The family-owned business has survived war, Prohibition, the Great Depression and cut-throat beer competition. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/08/30_steilm_schells/?refid=0 Mon, 30 Aug 2004 00:01:00 -0500 Record Minnesota corn crop expected The U.S. Agriculture Department says Minnesota farmers should harvest some big crops this fall. The USDA released its first estimate today of the corn and soybean harvest based on actual field inspections. Farmers say their crops look good, but a lot of things can happen between now and harvest. Warmer temperatures and more rain are needed. The good crop prospects also have a down side. Grain prices have fallen sharply the past few months. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/08/12_steilm_crops/?refid=0 Thu, 12 Aug 2004 16:22:00 -0500 Congressional candidates debate trade policies Several hundred people at a congressional debate at Farmfest on Tuesday got a preview of the fall election campaign. Candidates from several Minnesota congressional districts tackled everything from rural education to ethanol. Some of the sharpest opinions concerned U.S. trade policy. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/08/04_steilm_farmfest/?refid=0 Wed, 04 Aug 2004 12:26:00 -0500 Muddying the waters The effort to clean up the Minnesota River is running into some unpleasant realities. Some of the river's problems may be unfixable. Take the high bluffs that flank parts of the Minnesota and its tributaries. They routinely send tons of soil sliding into the water. Engineers could stabilize the banks, but there's not enough money available. Muddy water affects a river's health. It harms both plant and fish life. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/08/03_steilm_lasueursediment/?refid=0 Tue, 03 Aug 2004 06:37:00 -0500 Hmong migrate to little houses on the prairie Of all the places the Hmong have settled, the least likely might be a small town in southwest Minnesota. In just three years the Hmong presence there has grown from a few people to more than a quarter of the community. The town is tiny but its name is known worldwide, thanks to a popular television show. That fame is one of the reasons the Hmong moved to town. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/28_steilm_hmong/?refid=0 Wed, 28 Jul 2004 01:00:00 -0500 A familiar debate: Jail or treatment? The effects of methamphetamine use are working their way through our criminal justice system. The rapid rise in meth arrests is one of the main factors in sharply higher prison populations. The cost of housing drug offenders has renewed an old debate -- what works best, prison or treatment? The debate over state drug policies came into sharp focus this year in a case involving methamphetamine, jail time and a young Minnesota mother. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/14_steilm_methpenalties/?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jun 2004 04:00:00 -0500 Dayton house renovated A house in Worthington built by George Dayton should be ready for public use by late this summer. The house is being renovated partly as a tribute to the man who founded what became the Target Corporation. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/14_steilm_daytonhouse/?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jun 2004 00:01:00 -0500 Small town doctor fights managed health care The small town, independent doctor is disappearing. Most communities now have physicians employed by a large medical company. In the southwest Minnesota town of Ivanhoe, population about 750, one doctor is making a stand. But not everyone agrees with his diagnosis of the problem. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/01_steilm_dumpeddoc/?refid=0 Tue, 01 Jun 2004 00:01:00 -0500 Farmers made money in 2003 New figures show that most Minnesota farmers made a healthy profit last year. That's a big change from a few years ago, when many farmers struggled to stay in business. A study by farm management specialists in the state university system looked at about 2,300 farms, and found their average profit in 2003 was $67,000. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/26_steilm_farmincome/?refid=0 Sun, 25 Apr 2004 15:00:00 -0500 South Dakota company expands in Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty has big hopes for a new state economic development program. It helped bring new jobs to Luverne, but it wasn't the main factor. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/23_steilm_jobz/?refid=0 Fri, 23 Apr 2004 06:00:00 -0500 Jury says hog odors not a nuisance Farmers in southern Minnesota are welcoming a jury verdict which cleared a hog producer of allegations that his livestock caused nuisance odors. A New Ulm couple claimed fumes from hog manure stored on the farm were so offensive they were forced to move. The jury said hog odors are not a nuisance. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/06_steilm_hogsmellverdict/?refid=0 Tue, 06 Apr 2004 17:21:00 -0500 Farm exceeds state hydrogen sulfide standard A southern Minnesota farm couple have waited 27 years for a solution to an air pollution problem but none is in sight. When the wind is the right direction, hydrogen sulfide from a nearby hog farm regularly drives them inside. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/30_steilm_hogsmell/?refid=0 Tue, 30 Mar 2004 17:42:00 -0600 High-cost transplant rallies community Residents of Lake Benton have raised thousands of dollars for a 12-year-old girl who needs a kidney transplant. Her family has health insurance, but needs help with expenses not covered by the policy. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/08_steilm_benefits/?refid=0 Mon, 08 Mar 2004 16:05:00 -0600 Farmers question temple plan Local governments are becoming more protective of farmers. In southwest Minnesota a county board struggled with a proposal to locate a Buddhist temple in an agricultural area. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/23_steilm_templefight/?refid=0 Sun, 22 Feb 2004 15:01:00 -0600 U.S. food imports rise What do goats have to do with the U.S. balance of trade? They're one reason food imports continue to grow. American tastes are changing, and agricultural economists say food imports are rising so quickly, they may actually surpass the amount of food the U.S. exports. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/05_steilm_foodimports/?refid=0 Thu, 05 Feb 2004 00:01:00 -0600 'Wild Bill,' a man of action South Dakotans call him "Wild Bill" Janklow, and everyone has a Wild Bill story. Like when he grabbed an automatic weapon to join the police and help end a hostage standoff at the state Capitol. He emerged from the building only after police had the suspect in custody. Janklow loved to win -- whether in court, or in a political debate. He buried opponents under the sheer force of his words and the power of his ideas. And he loved action. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/21_hetlandc_janklowone/?refid=0 Wed, 21 Jan 2004 12:00:00 -0600 The intimidator Plankinton's juvenile detention center stands empty today, quiet except for the swish of dry grass in a chilly wind. A chain-link fence topped with barbed wire circles the long, low buildings. In the 1950s, Plankinton was the state's reform school. Bill Janklow would have served time here in his youth, had he not taken the other choice provided by the judge and joined the Marines. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/21_hetlandc_janklowthree/?refid=0 Wed, 21 Jan 2004 12:00:00 -0600 'He just wants to win' Bill Janklow grew up in the 1950s in Chicago, and came to love the rock and roll revolution that was breaking all the traditional rules of music and dance. To this day he's a whiz at early rock trivia. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/21_hetlandc_janklowtwo/?refid=0 Wed, 21 Jan 2004 12:00:00 -0600 The accident and the aftermath "That's just Janklow" was a characterization that followed Wild Bill through his career. Some said it in affection. Some said it in frustration or anger. And some surely thought it on Aug. 16, 2003 in anger. That day Janklow ran a stop sign at nearly 70 mph, right into the path of motorcyclist Randy Scott. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/21_hetlandc_janklowfive/?refid=0 Wed, 21 Jan 2004 12:00:00 -0600 The pirate saint Janklow lost only one election in his life, a primary race for U.S. Senate. Political scientist Alan Clem of the University of South Dakota says voters liked Janklow because he was a sort of pirate saint. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/21_hetlandc_janklowfour/?refid=0 Wed, 21 Jan 2004 12:00:00 -0600 'That's Just Janklow' The remarkable political career of Bill Janklow ends this week. Janklow is one of the most powerful figures in South Dakota history. He served four terms as governor of South Dakota, then went on to Congress. It all ended in a car crash last summer. Janklow's resignation from the U.S. House took effect Tuesday, and on Thursday he'll be sentenced for felony manslaughter. Here's a long look back at his tumultuous career. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/21_hetlandc_janklowintro/?refid=0 Wed, 21 Jan 2004 12:00:00 -0600 Stalled energy bill could hurt wind projects Wind energy is a fast growing energy source for Minnesota. But that could change if Congress doesn't finish work on an energy bill. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/24_steilm_energybill/?refid=0 Tue, 25 Nov 2003 00:01:00 -0600 Little Crow rifle auctioned A fancy rifle believed owned by a famous Dakota Indian chief will be sold. It's part of an auction Saturday in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/14_steilm_littlecrowsrifle/?refid=0 Fri, 14 Nov 2003 00:01:00 -0600 Goodwill sells its treasures on the Internet Goodwill Industries is paying more attention to the value of the donated items it receives. The charity group has found it can make money using the Internet to sell antiques. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/10_steilm_goodwill/?refid=0 Sun, 09 Nov 2003 15:01:00 -0600 Standing for something Julie Jansen took on the fight of her life when a hog farm opened near her home. She became part of a great American tradition: the citizen activist. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/09_steilm_democactivists/?refid=0 Wed, 05 Nov 2003 00:01:00 -0600 Milk producers organize U.S. dairy cooperatives are trying to boost the price farmers receive for their milk. They're paying farmers to cut production, but some wonder if the plan will work. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/27_steilm_dairysupply/?refid=0 Sun, 26 Oct 2003 15:01:00 -0600 Randy Scott remembered Motorcyclists from several states paid tribute Saturday in southwest Minnesota to a fellow biker. Randy Scott died Aug. 16 when his cycle hit a car which authorities say ran a stop sign. The car was driven by Rep. Bill Janklow, R-S.D. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/05_steilm_randysride/?refid=0 Mon, 06 Oct 2003 12:01:00 -0500 Drought cuts soybean yields The fall harvest has confirmed predictions of drought damage. Soybean yields In Minnesota are down about a third from an average year. The good news is, prices are rising. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/02_steilm_soybeanupdate/?refid=0 Thu, 02 Oct 2003 12:01:00 -0500 Wind power is another cash crop One of the newest and most promising segments of the local economy in southwest Minnesota is wind power. Farmers, manufacturing companies and workers are earning money from the growing industry. But out-of-state corporations still make most of the profits. Some are looking for ways to keep more of the money in Minnesota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/29_steilm_windone/?refid=0 Mon, 29 Sep 2003 12:01:00 -0500 1862 war site being restored Rows of corn and soybeans are being replaced by native prairie plants on a historic field in southwest Minnesota. About a dozen settlers and several Indians were killed there during a war 141 years ago. Descendents of people on both sides gathered at the site to dedicate a monument. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/25_steilm_slaughterslough/?refid=0 Thu, 25 Sep 2003 00:01:00 -0500 Gov. Pawlenty to seek federal drought relief Gov. Pawlenty says he'll seek federal aid for Minnesota farmers coping with a late-summer drought. Pawlenty made the announcement Friday on his weekly radio show. Pawlenty says it appears that at least 50 of the state's 87 counties are suffering drought conditions. He says the paperwork will be finalized and submitted in the next couple of days. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/04_steilm_drought/?refid=0 Thu, 04 Sep 2003 11:09:00 -0500 In small towns around Minnesota, National Guard soldiers say goodbye Minnesota National Guard troops are playing a major role in the war on terrorism. The latest unit activated is made up of soldiers from small-town Minnesota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/13_steilm_soldiers/?refid=0 Wed, 13 Aug 2003 08:00:00 -0500 Tiny insects cause big trouble The pest-of-the-summer for Minnesota farmers is the soybean aphid. They're not big, but one acre of soybeans may contain more than 100 million aphids. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/12_steilm_aphids/?refid=0 Tue, 12 Aug 2003 05:01:00 -0500 Water Wars The Missouri and Mississippi Rivers are not only two major environmental resources in the region, they're important to the economic success of the Upper Midwest. But sometimes these two purposes clash. What is the future of these rivers and how can their roles co-exist? http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/30_steilm_riverpolitics/?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jul 2003 12:01:00 -0500 Water Wars: Missouri River politics The Missouri River is a changed stream compared to what Lewis and Clark saw almost 200 years ago. Many people say the changes haven't been good.The Missouri River is nicknamed the "Big Muddy." But for the last 50 years that description applies more to its politics than the water. Ever since a half-dozen dams were built on the upper Missouri, most of the river is surprisingly clear. But the dam's clouded the river's politics like never before. The fallout has divided the Missouri Basin into two camps: upstream and downstream. And so far downstream is winning. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/30_steilm_riverpolitics/?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jul 2003 00:01:00 -0500 Windsurfers race to Minnesota In a rare visit to the Midwest, a national windsurfing contest is being held in Minnesota this week. Competitors in the U.S. Windsurfing National Championships will race around a set course on Lake Okabena in Worthington. It's one of the windiest places in the state. But organizers of the event say wind is only one of the reasons they choose southwest Minnesota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/12_steilm_windsurfing/?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jun 2003 00:01:00 -0500 Real hard rock Each June in Mankato you can find great music in a strange location. It's a concert in a quarry. A working quarry. Each year it produces thousands of tons of crushed rock for the construction industry. But in June the quarry becomes a stage. Thousands of people show up to listen to a symphony orchestra and a blues rock band. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/06_steilm_rockthequarry/?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jun 2003 00:01:00 -0500 Garbage glaciers For decades, some people used river banks as dump sites. Most of the dumping has stopped, but the old garbage remains and there's a lot of it. State officials believe there are thousands of dumpsites along Minnesota rivers. And they're not stationary. Like a glacier, the garbage is moving. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/12_steilm_riverdumps/?refid=0 Mon, 12 May 2003 14:01:00 -0500 Art in city hall The city hall in Montevideo seems an unlikely place for an art lesson. But if you want to view art from Uruguay, it's the place to be. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/25_steilm_monteart/?refid=0 Fri, 25 Apr 2003 16:30:00 -0500 A new type of corn They've been mocked as "franken-food." But far from stumbling, genetically-modified crops dominate the corn and soybean market. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/24_steilm_btcorn/?refid=0 Fri, 25 Apr 2003 05:00:00 -0500 Dairy farmers facing big changes Minnesota's dairy industry is going through historic change -- for the worse. In the last 20 years, 72 percent of the state's dairy farmers have left the business. Some say Minnesota needs larger scale farms, but many disagree. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/14_steilm_dairywoes/?refid=0 Mon, 14 Apr 2003 05:00:00 -0500 Analyzing Hermann Hermann the German is a long way from a clean bill of health. But the first examinations of the New Ulm statue are encouraging. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/24_steilm_hermann/?refid=0 Tue, 25 Mar 2003 12:01:00 -0600 Second time around for luxury car company Can't find a Duesenberg at a decent price? A southern Minnesota company builds cars reminiscent of a Duesie and other classic automobiles. It's the culmination of a dream for the owner of the Prinzing Motor Car Co. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/17_steilm_prinzingcars/?refid=0 Sat, 15 Feb 2003 00:00:00 -0600 Stories from Montevideo What happens when tales of real life are transformed into art? The Children's Theatre Company and residents of Montevideo are doing just that. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/31_steilm_montestories/?refid=0 Fri, 31 Jan 2003 12:01:00 -0600 Working to drive Finding and holding a job depends on a variety of factors. Right up there with job skills and training is dependable transportation to the work site. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/27_steilm_poorgetthere/?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jan 2003 14:00:00 -0600 One family's budget Kari Jones is a single mother living in Mankato, Minnesota. She has three children, and a tight budget. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/27_steilm_samplebudget/?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jan 2003 14:00:00 -0600 Pheasants Forever makes a home for wildlife A lot of Minnesota farmland is being converted back to a more natural look. The state is at the forefront of the movement to preserve and regenerate natural habitat. One of the foremost organizations in the effort, Pheasants Forever, started in Minnesota, and is celebrating its 20th anniversary. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/10_steilm_pheasantsforever/?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jan 2003 15:35:00 -0600 Settlement announced in ValAdCo dispute An agreement today appears to settle a long running battle over the largest hog feedlot manure lagoon in Minnesota. The settlement between the state attorney general and the owners of the ValAdCo hog company grew out of a nearly decade-long fight over the health impacts of fumes from the facility. Under the agreement Valadco will stop using open air lagoons. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200212/20_steilm_valadcosettles/?refid=0 Fri, 20 Dec 2002 16:28:00 -0600 A better year for grain farmers Minnesota farmers are getting a better price for their grain. That may be good news for taxpayers as well. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200212/09_steilm_cropprices/?refid=0 Mon, 09 Dec 2002 00:00:00 -0600 Eighty years bucking a trend One of the oldest radio stations in the Midwest is 80 years old. WNAX in Yankton, S.D. was a broadcast pioneer in the 1930s and '40s. Its glory years were in the days before television, when it helped unite the region's farms and small towns. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200211/25_steilm_wnaxanniverary/?refid=0 Mon, 25 Nov 2002 12:01:00 -0600 Managing the deer herd This may be a pivotal year for Minnesota's deer herd. With more than one million whitetails in the state, game managers are wondering if they can keep the population in check. Even with heavy hunting pressure, the number of deer keeps growing. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200211/18_steilm_deerherd/?refid=0 Mon, 18 Nov 2002 06:00:00 -0600 Dakota walk into history About 25 people began retracing the steps of their Dakota Indian ancestors Thursday morning in southern Minnesota. In 1862, federal soldiers marched more than 1,000 along the same route. That march began 140 years ago, and led to the eventual exile of the Indians from Minnesota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200211/08_steilm_march-m/?refid=0 Thu, 07 Nov 2002 12:00:00 -0600 In 1st District, farming is king. But voters focus on Iraq The race for Minnesota's 1st District U.S. House seat is a three-way affair. Incumbent Republican Gil Gutknecht faces candidates from both the DFL and the Green parties. Iraq, agriculture, and medical care are major issues in a district which has changed since the last election. Ten counties have been added. Gutknecht's challengers think redistricting gives them a better chance of beating the four-term representative. But Gutknecht says the new 1st District voters are his kind of people. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/11_steilm_1dist-m/?refid=0 Fri, 11 Oct 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Congressional candidates vie for Farmfest voters Congressional candidates from Minnesota's agricultural belt debated at the first day of Farmfest. Candidates from the 1st and 7th Districts talked about the federal deficit, farm policy and other issues at the trade show near Redwood Falls. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200208/07_steilm_ffestcongress-m/?refid=0 Wed, 07 Aug 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Drought grips parts of Minnesota Most of Minnesota has had plenty of rain this summer, some areas have had way too much. But the southwest corner of the state is dry. Some areas are as much as five inches below normal rainfall for the year and that's hurting crops. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200208/02_steilm_drought-m/?refid=0 Fri, 02 Aug 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Pipestone suffers long term effects from corruption scandal A group of criminals nicknamed the "Pipestone Mafia" left a 15-year-long trail of corruption in southwest Minnesota. The surprising thing is the group includes a former city administrator, a banker and a veterinarian. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200207/08_steilm_pipestonecorrupt-m/?refid=0 Mon, 08 Jul 2002 12:00:00 -0500 A visit to Blue Mounds If there is one Minnesota state park that breaks the mold, it's probably Blue Mounds near Luverne. While most Minnesota parks are tree-covered, Blue Mounds is mainly open prairie. In a state famous for its natural lakes, Blue Mounds' only lake is manmade. But visitors say those differences are the park's strengths. It's a storehouse of rare plants and animals, touched by a hint of mystery. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200205/23_steilm_bluemound-m/?refid=0 Thu, 23 May 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Bush gives boost to ethanol President Bush called on the U.S. Senate to get a farm bill passed, in a visit to South Dakota Wednesday. He also reiterated his support for ethanol, a fuel additive typically made from corn. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200204/24_steilm_bushvisit-m/?refid=0 Wed, 24 Apr 2002 12:00:00 -0500 The Miracle Bean - losing value One of Minnesota's major cash crops has lost a little bit of its luster. Soybeans are sometimes called a miracle grain. Besides their food value, they can be made into diesel fuel, plastic, ink and more than 2,000 other products. In fact it seems the only thing farmers can't make from soybeans these days is money. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200202/12_mainstreet_biodiesel-m/?refid=0 Tue, 12 Feb 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Fire only one challenge for Southwest State Students at Southwest State University in Marshall returned to a fire-damaged campus Monday, as classes resumed nearly two weeks later than scheduled. For the past month, construction crews have been working to get the school ready after a Jan. 2 fire gutted a food service building. It's the latest headache for a school wrestling with the same budget and tuition issues affecting other state universities. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200201/29_steilm_ssu-m/?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jan 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Following the trail of Jesse James What may be the most famous crime in Minnesota history occured 125 years ago - September 7, 1876. The robbery at the First National Bank of Northfield had famous outlaws like Jesse James and Cole Younger, and heroes like bank bookkeeper Joseph Lee Heywood. The details of the robbery itself are well known and will be re-enacted this weekend in Northfield as part of the annual "Defeat of Jesse James Days". Less well known are the events that came after the robbery attempt, as the gang fled across southern Minnesota, pursued by a host of posses. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200109/07_steilm_jamesgang-m/?refid=0 Fri, 07 Sep 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Remembering the Continental Co-ets Fans of rock and roll music love a good argument. Who was the first, who was the best, who was the loudest. One of the great unanswered questions is this: when did the first all-girl rock and roll band take the stage? Minnesota has a candidate for that honor - a band called the Continental Co-ets. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200108/21_steilm_girlband-m/?refid=0 Tue, 21 Aug 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Farm safety a focus at FarmFest FarmFest is underway in southwest Minnesota and children attending the annual agricultural exhibition are hearing a strong safety message. Farming is the nation's second most dangerous occupation: only mining is more hazardous. A farm is filled with dangers and kids at FarmFest are learning how to avoid them. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200108/07_steilm_farmfest-m/?refid=0 Tue, 07 Aug 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Timing the Snowmelt's Pace Snow drifts are piled high in western Minnesota, reminding many people of the winter four years ago when the spring melt lead to record flooding. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200103/06_steilm_flood-m/?refid=0 Tue, 06 Mar 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Rural Minnesota Continues To Lose Population The 2000 census will likely show continued population losses in the state's most rural counties. In western Minnesota, some counties have lost 10 percent of their residents over the last decade. Lac Qui Parle County shows one of the biggest losses as its population continues to age. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200012/13_steilm_population-m/?refid=0 Wed, 13 Dec 2000 12:00:00 -0600 The Winds of Hell On November 11, 1940, one of the deadliest blizzards this region has ever seen struck. The Armistice Day Storm killed 49 people in Minnesota, 150 nationwide. One of the most tragic chapters of the storm occured on the rivers, lakes and wetlands of the Midwest. Hundreds of duck hunters, trapped by the storm, found themselves in a life-and-death struggle. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/200011/10_steilm_blizzard-m?refid=0 Fri, 10 Nov 2000 12:00:00 -0600 Profile: Second District Congressional Race Minnesota second district congressman, Democrat David Minge, has successfully balanced fiscal conservatism and social liberalism through four terms representing the state's southwest quarter. But this year's Republican challenger, Mark Kennedy, says Minge hasn't accomplished anything, and predicts he can beat the Montevideo Democrat. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200010/23_steilm_2dist-m/?refid=0 Mon, 23 Oct 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Minnesota: Land of One Salt Lake One of the great unanswerable questions of U.S. geography is: exactly where does "the west" begin? On the South Dakota border there's a lake that could be used to make a case for Minnesota as the gateway to the west. It has more in common with the land of cowboys and cattle than any of Minnesota's other 10,000-plus lakes. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200008/15_steilm_lake-m/?refid=0 Tue, 15 Aug 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Tornado Just One More Obstacle for 'Project Turnabout' Residents The F-4 tornado that recently tore through Granite Falls forever complicated the lives of everyone who lived through it, including a group of people who were in the struggle of their lives even before the storm arrived. The residents of 'Project Turnabout' are fighting to beat gambling or chemical addictions, but the tornado threatened their new found stability. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200008/02_steilm_tornado-m/?refid=0 Wed, 02 Aug 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Water Welfare Critics say a taxpayer-financed company over-pumped environmentally-sensitive areas to provide water, primarily to a private firm. They say it's corporate welfare at its worst. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200007/07_steilm_water-m/?refid=0 Fri, 07 Jul 2000 12:00:00 -0500 A Year of Woe There are signs that the crisis in agriculture eased a bit the past year but farmers anticipate more tough times in the year 2000. Despite a pledge to end farm subsidies, federal government props in the form of emergency aid appear to be the only thing keeping many Minnesota farmers in business. The political arena will be a major focus for farmers, but they'll also be keeping an eye on the weather. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199912/27_steilm_farm-m/?refid=0 Mon, 27 Dec 1999 12:00:00 -0600 It May Never Be the Same The farm crisis has touched nearly every sector of agriculture in southern Minnesota but it may be hog producers who have suffered most. It was their fate to be caught between two profit-destroying events: record low prices and wrenching structural changes, which are transforming the hog industry. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199911/05_steilm_hogs-m/?refid=0 Fri, 05 Nov 1999 12:00:00 -0600 The Landlords of Swift County A survey of farmers in Swift County in west-central Minnesota shows that agriculture is rapidly becoming a landlord-tenant system rather than the familiar independent family farm. That trend has accelerated as farmers' economic problems intensify. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199909/22_steilm_farmsurvey-m/?refid=0 Wed, 22 Sep 1999 12:00:00 -0500 Farm Aid Kicks Off Week of Lobbying About 30 Minnesota farmers descend on Washington for a week of lobbying Congress for emergency assistance and other legislative solutions to agriculture problems. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199909/13_steilm_farmaid-m/?refid=0 Mon, 13 Sep 1999 12:00:00 -0500 Is The Farm Crisis Really A Disaster? In what could be a first-in-the-nation attempt, federal officials may ask that Minnesota be declared a farm economic-disaster area. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199909/02_steilm_disaster-m/?refid=0 Thu, 02 Sep 1999 12:00:00 -0500 Not Buying It As Congress considers an emergency farm-relief package, farmers doubt it will do much good. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199908/05_steilm_farmfest-m/?refid=0 Thu, 05 Aug 1999 12:00:00 -0500 Farm Bosses Can't Agree on Crisis Fix On the first day of Farmfest near Redwood Falls, the presidents of three major farm groups made a rare joint public appearance. While they all said emergency farm aid is a good short-term solution, there were deep divisions on the more difficult question of a long term fix. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199908/04_steilm_farmfest-m/?refid=0 Wed, 04 Aug 1999 12:00:00 -0500 Locked Out Wheat, corn and other grains may be the staff of life at the world's dinner table but when it comes to international trade, they're more often the stuff of strife for Minnesota farmers. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199906/21_steilm_farm-m/?refid=0 Mon, 21 Jun 1999 12:00:00 -0500 The Farmer and the Opera Singer Can a Minnesota farmer who likes country music find happiness with an opera singer who likes, well, opera? http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199905/17_steilm_opera-m/?refid=0 Mon, 17 May 1999 12:00:00 -0500 The Organic Alternative Farmers who are in love with soybeans and corn find an alternative to their dilemma. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199904/13_steilm_rotation-m/?refid=0 Tue, 13 Apr 1999 12:00:00 -0500 Comfrey's Comeback Minnesota community struggles back from 1998's devastating series of tornadoes. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199903/29_steilm_tornado-m/?refid=0 Mon, 29 Mar 1999 12:00:00 -0600 No Guarantees for Farmers Ventura listens, but makes no promises in meeting with farmers. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199903/18_steilm_venturafarm-m/?refid=0 Thu, 18 Mar 1999 12:00:00 -0600 Pseudorabies As if farmers in Minnesota don't have enough problems, now a new disease appears on the farm. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199903/15_steilm_rabies-m/?refid=0 Mon, 15 Mar 1999 12:00:00 -0600 Disconnected Some telephone companies pull out of Minnesota; leaving small towns wondering whether they can compete. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199903/09_steilm_telcom-m/?refid=0 Tue, 09 Mar 1999 12:00:00 -0600 Farmers React Ventura promise of aid is helps, but farmers say it's not enough. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199903/02_steilm_farmreax-m/?refid=0 Tue, 02 Mar 1999 12:00:00 -0600 Towns Prepare for Y2K Plans are even underway to deputize gun owners if things go awry. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199902/08_steilm_y2k-m/?refid=0 Mon, 08 Feb 1999 12:00:00 -0600 Farm Crisis Review A look back at one of the most difficult years that Minnesota's farmers have ever faced. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199812/28_steilm_crisis-m/?refid=0 Mon, 28 Dec 1998 12:00:00 -0600 Hog Farmers Losing Money Due to Over-Supply Meat processor "packer contracts" may be responsible for creating surplus. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199812/15_steilm_hogglut-m/?refid=0 Tue, 15 Dec 1998 12:00:00 -0600 Construction Drives Comfrey Comeback With businesses and homeowners rebuilding, tornado will be remembered as a new beginning. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199811/20_steilm_comfrey-m/?refid=0 Fri, 20 Nov 1998 12:00:00 -0600 Farming the Wind "Wind farms" are generating electricity - and money - for Lake Benton. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199809/25_steilm_wind-m/?refid=0 Fri, 25 Sep 1998 12:00:00 -0500 Coal Trains Face Opposition Residents are raising concerns about noise and safety if proposed railroad upgrade takes place. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199809/24_steilm_train-m/?refid=0 Thu, 24 Sep 1998 12:00:00 -0500 Struggling Farmers Rally for Aid Government help is sought by farmers pinched by falling prices, rising costs, and bumper crops. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199809/21_steilm_rally-m/?refid=0 Mon, 21 Sep 1998 12:00:00 -0500 Farms Store Crops; Hope for Higher Prices With many farmers waiting to sell, crop storage is at a premium. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199809/15_steilm_storage-m/?refid=0 Tue, 15 Sep 1998 12:00:00 -0500 Bin-Busting Harvest A record-breaking harvest could prove to be bad for area farmers. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199808/17_steilm_harvest-m/?refid=0 Mon, 17 Aug 1998 12:00:00 -0500 The Roadside Sweet Corn Business No matter where it's found, this summertime favorite proves worth the effort. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199807/20_steilm_sweetcorn-m/?refid=0 Mon, 20 Jul 1998 12:00:00 -0500 Native Americans Disagree over Manufacture of Cigarettes Two groups argue whether the economic potential of tobacco should outweigh its historical value. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199807/15_steilm_tobacco-m/?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jul 1998 12:00:00 -0500 Farmers Protest Railcar Shortage A bumper crop could prove problematic for an over-burdened railroad. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199807/01_steilm_railcar-m/?refid=0 Wed, 01 Jul 1998 12:00:00 -0500 The Problems with "Freedom To Farm" Changes in national farm policy may exacerbate challenges facing farmers who are already struggling. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199806/08_steilm_freedom-m/?refid=0 Mon, 08 Jun 1998 12:00:00 -0500 Gore Visits Spencer, Offers Support The vice president said the South Dakota town of 300 will receive immediate federal aid following the recent tornado destruction. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199806/04_steilm_gore-m/?refid=0 Thu, 04 Jun 1998 12:00:00 -0500 Rebuilding the Farm after the Storm Farmers in southwestern Minnesota face numerous difficulties while recovering from tornado damage. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199806/02_steilm_rebuilding-m/?refid=0 Tue, 02 Jun 1998 12:00:00 -0500 Residents Wait for Air Quality Compliance by Hog Feedlots Residents track emissions of local operations. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199805/10_steilm_hogs-m/?refid=0 Sun, 10 May 1998 12:00:00 -0500 How Do You Define "Organic"? The Department of Agriculture, farmers, and consumers are at odds over what standards should apply to foods labeled organic. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199804/29_steilm_organic-m/?refid=0 Wed, 29 Apr 1998 12:00:00 -0500 Field Cleanup Follows Tornadoes Teams of 40-50 volunteers pick debris from fields. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199804/14_steilm_farmclean-m/?refid=0 Tue, 14 Apr 1998 12:00:00 -0500 Nearby Schools Welcome Comfrey Students Their own school damaged by the March 29 tornado, Comfrey students head to Sanborn for classes. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199804/13_steilm_students-m/?refid=0 Mon, 13 Apr 1998 12:00:00 -0500 Church Service Comforts Comfrey A week after a tornado ruined their town, residents gather for hope and solace. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199804/06_steilm_comfort-m/?refid=0 Mon, 06 Apr 1998 12:00:00 -0500 Will Comfrey Save Its Tornado-Damaged School? Townspeople will have to decide if their community school should be rebuilt. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199804/03_steilm_school-m/?refid=0 Fri, 03 Apr 1998 12:00:00 -0600 Tornadoes Ruin Farm Livelihoods Following devastating tornadoes, dairy farmers scramble to care for cows and make plans to clean fields and rebuild. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199804/01_steilm_tornado-m/?refid=0 Wed, 01 Apr 1998 12:00:00 -0600 Living Through the Tornado in Comfrey Residents describe what they experienced when a tornado ripped through their town. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199803/30_steilm_comfrey-m/?refid=0 Mon, 30 Mar 1998 12:00:00 -0600 Summer Hockey The Minnesota State High School League is debating whether or not to promote year-round practices. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199803/18_steilm_coaching-m/?refid=0 Wed, 18 Mar 1998 12:00:00 -0600 Slaughterhouse Closing Hurts Luverne Luverne loses 370 jobs and a ready market for regional farmers when IBP plant shuts down. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199803/06_steilm_meat-m/?refid=0 Fri, 06 Mar 1998 12:00:00 -0600 Home Schools; Parents and Coaches This two-hour Mainstreet special from Rochester addresses elements of education from a non-urban perspective. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199802/18_steilm_rochester-m/?refid=0 Wed, 18 Feb 1998 12:00:00 -0600 Minnesota River Cleanup A state-federal conservation project to control farm runoff could significantly improve water quality. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199802/10_steilm_river-m/?refid=0 Tue, 10 Feb 1998 12:00:00 -0600 Snags in River Cleanup Should easements to protect the Minnesota River from pollution be permanent or not? Those involved disagree. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199801/23_steilm_river-m/?refid=0 Fri, 23 Jan 1998 12:00:00 -0600 Luverne to Lose Packing Plant Meatpacker says lack of cattle supply is reason to pull up stakes. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199801/19_steilm_luverne-m/?refid=0 Mon, 19 Jan 1998 12:00:00 -0600 The Race for 23A Voters in southwest Minnesota choose a new state representative. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199801/19_steilm_vote-m/?refid=0 Mon, 19 Jan 1998 12:00:00 -0600 Who's Coaching Girls' Sports? While the popularity of high school girls' basketball increases, the number of female coaches declines. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199712/10_steilm_coach-m/?refid=0 Wed, 10 Dec 1997 12:00:00 -0600 Rail Rates Hit Small Elevators Minnesota grain-elevator managers were among those testifying in Washington on Thursday, November 6, 1997 about poor railroad service. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199711/06_steilm_grain-m/?refid=0 Thu, 06 Nov 1997 12:00:00 -0600 Wind Farming on Buffalo Ridge http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199710/24_steilm_wind-m/?refid=0 Fri, 24 Oct 1997 12:00:00 -0500 Hybrid Corn: Genetic Diversity at Risk? http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199710/20_steilm_corn-m/?refid=0 Mon, 20 Oct 1997 12:00:00 -0500 Main Street Economics Officials in Good Thunder would love to bring some jobs to town, but that just hasn't happened. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199710/06_steilm_thunder-m/?refid=0 Mon, 06 Oct 1997 12:00:00 -0500 Small Businesses Reeling "I feel the business people are coming out on the short end of the stick." http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199705/14_steilm_business-m/?refid=0 Wed, 14 May 1997 12:00:00 -0500 Homeowners Face the Costs "It's hard enough for something like this to happen; and then to worry about financial situations." http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199704/30_steilm_homeowners-m/?refid=0 Wed, 30 Apr 1997 12:00:00 -0500 Flooding in Granite Falls "We're hanging on by our fingernails." http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199704/07_steilm_granite-m/?refid=0 Mon, 07 Apr 1997 12:00:00 -0500 The Winter of 1997 Mainstreet Radio looks back on the brutal winter that ravaged northwestern Minnesota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199703/01_steilm_winter97-m/?refid=0 Sat, 01 Mar 1997 12:00:00 -0600