Reporter | Politics and government

Condon grew up in Watertown, Minn., and graduated from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul with degrees in journalism and English. He lives in Minneapolis.


After dry summer, Minnesota's harvest is underway and yields already differ

The dividing line appears to be right through the middle of the state, with the northern half enduring lower yields because of the lack of rain in the heart of summer.


Beef prices are surging, but processors are benefiting more than farmers

Four companies control processing and distribution of 80% of U.S. beef, a choke point that is drawing scrutiny from Washington.


Birds Eye building huge vegetable processing plant in Waseca

It's the largest investment that food giant Conagra Brands has ever made in a production facility.


Why don't farms water their crops at night?

Keeping fields properly watered is a complex challenge for Minnesota farmers — especially during this year's drought.


Tough summer for Minnesota sweet corn, but there will be plenty at the fair

Most of the sweet corn Minnesotans eat is from other states. Most of the sweet corn grown in Minnesota is processed for later consumption.


Returning Minnesota State Fair has full slate of ag programming

After a year off for the pandemic, the Minnesota State Fair is back with plenty of agricultural offerings.


Some small Minnesota towns push back against Dollar General

Residents, elected officials in two Redwood County towns successfully opposed construction of Dollar General stores this year.


Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack, local leaders discuss food security in Brooklyn Park

Food bank officials, school nutritionists from Twin Cities told the agriculture secretary that pandemic-era food assistance must continue.


Minnesota farmers reconnect as Farmfest returns

The three-day ag show in southern Minnesota drew good crowds but fewer vendors after taking last year off due to the pandemic.


Minnesota's Farmfest back after a year off

The yearly farm show in southwestern Minnesota starts Tuesday after a year off