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Vondracek has reported on prairie dog lawsuits in the Black Hills to federal education policy in Washington D.C. A native of Faribault County, Minnesota, he's a graduate of the University of South Dakota, holds an MFA from Hamline University, and taught college English for many years in Winona and St. Paul. His debut collection of poetry, Rattlesnake Summer, was published in 2020, and his memoir, Dancing with Welk, is forthcoming in 2022. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Carrie, and (also forthcoming in 2022) infant daughter.


5 changes Minnesotans will likely see from the historic climate bill

The Inflation Reduction Act has the potential to transform the way we drive, heat our homes and grow our food.


A look at the Canadian company buying Famous Dave's

Quebec-based MTY Group got its start in shopping malls and business food courts.


Don't mess with federal crop insurance, farmers say. Others aren't so sure

Some experts say time is ripe to drop the carrot and pick up the stick.


Minnesota farmers call outside investments 'a sticky situation'

Minnesota farmers at the annual Farmfest say they have been paying attention to deals in North Dakota, including the purchase of ag land by a Bill Gates-backed trust and the pending development of a corn mill by Chinese investors.


At Farmfest, Minnesota congressional candidates pledge support for rural economies

In the competitive Second District race, Rep. Angie Craig and challenger Tyler Kistner flexed their farm country credentials.


Impact of Ukraine war ripples across state's farm economy

In the U.S., few places have ties to Ukraine as deep as Minnesota, where a rocket landing in a wheat field in Kherson can mean higher prices for a farmer in Kittson County, or a land mine outside Odesa raises the stress for an ag exec in Inver Grove Heights.


Minnesota farmers share farm bill priorities at congressional listening session

The House agriculture subcommittee on commodities held the session on a southern Minnesota farm on Monday.


Minnesota's meat lockers need apprentices to solve bottlenecks, report says

Some shoppers turned to local farmers and butcher shops during the pandemic, but smaller producers are stretched thin.


Minnesota dairy farmer advocates for regenerative ag at congressional hearing

A Minnesota dairy farmer from Fillmore County testified to a House oversight subcommittee on Tuesday about regenerative agricultural practices that aid water and soil health.


Minnesotan agriculture leaders to join USDA trade trip to Philippines

The state's crop lobbies, as well as the top ag official, will join agriculture and food groups from around the country on a three-day mission to Manila.