U.S. Department of Agriculture

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2014

    The 14 open and opening Minnesota distilleries to look out for

    While microbreweries have boomed in Minnesota, entrepreneurs and drinkers state-wide have been slower to get into another craft craze: spirits. Now, thanks to a 2011 law change and a host of passionate micro-distillers, Minnesota is about to catch up.Our cover story this week looks at what to expect ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2013

    Q&A: FrozBroz Erik Powers and Ben Solberg

    Every Thursday, ice cream lovers in the know log onto their computers and hope that it's their week to get lucky. Once a week FrozBroz Ice Cream holds a contest to give away two of their precious pints of ice cream. Made with fresh cream and local eggs, each pint is crafted into a wonderful dense sc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2012

    Ole's Cannoli's path to Minnesota State Fair has been thrilling, tedious, terrifying

    The Minnesota State Fair begins today, and among its more than 300 food vendors and 450 edible snacks will be Ole's Cannoli, a brand-new food stand in Heritage Square run by the mother-daughter team of Pam Olson and Marta Lindsey, two self-described "fair nerds" who say that opening a food stand at ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    August 10, 2011

    Kombucha's PR Problem

    Is it a health drink? An alcoholic beverage? It depends on who you ask.

  • News

    July 20, 2011

    Eric Weisman won't stop playing doctor

    Accused of practicing medicine without a license, he says he only prescribed good nutrition

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2009

    Crop subsidy data suggests Michele Bachmann is a welfare queen

    As Michele Bachmann rails against government handouts, some of her critics point out she's feeding at the government trough.

  • Restaurants

    April 29, 2009

    Mike Phillips hopes his handmade salami cures local food woes

    Pork shoulders are bought directly from Fischer Farms and Hidden Stream Farms

  • Restaurants

    February 4, 2009

    Long Cheng livestock market slays your meal in front of you

    St. Paul slaughterhouse lets you watch as your dinner is butchered

  • News

    November 21, 2007

    Last Call

    A small-town mayor with big-city ambitions sets off a major brouhaha in Harris

  • News

    August 29, 2007

    The Farm That Doesn’t Exist

    Critics say Target undercuts organic growers by pretending to be one of them

  • News

    July 6, 2005

    The Gospel According to Paul Dorr

    How a little-known political consultant from Iowa is beating back the menace of public education, one school referendum at a time

  • Restaurants

    May 11, 2005

    The Great Steak Hunt

    Taste-testing the best real dry-aged steaks for sale locally reveals a lucky, lucky, steaky, steaky metropolitan area

  • Restaurants

    January 14, 2004

    Farm-Fresh Find

    Minneapolis butcher bridges the gap between local, sustainable agriculture and hopeful home cooks

  • News

    July 2, 2003

    Land of the Turd Brown Waters

    Pawlenty talks green, but will he pay the tab?

  • News

    May 28, 2003

    Something for the Little People

    The Twin Cities-based Northwest Area Foundation has a $450 million endowment to use on charitable programs. So why has it been nearly invisible for years?

  • Restaurants

    May 15, 2002

    Got Butter?

    Churning out creamy goodness in Hope, Minnesota

  • Arts

    September 5, 2001

    This is Hardcore

    It made less history than '77 punk. It sold fewer records than Nirvana. But the suburban rebellion of Eighties America found its own potent way to say no.

  • Books

    September 27, 2000

    A Rice by Any Other Name

    The University of Minnesota's genetic research on wild rice goes against the grain

  • Books

    July 5, 2000

    A Game of Chicken

    A lone inventor claims Ecolab is waging a dirty fight over clean poultry

  • Books

    April 26, 2000

    Agribusiness as Usual?

    At the University of Minnesota's farm school, discord blooms over budget cuts and the biotech bonanza

  • Books

    March 10, 1999

    Trouble in Store

    Samir Abumayyaleh says he tried to get Minneapolis cops to crack down on drug dealing around his shop. He never figured they'd target him.

  • News

    September 23, 1998

    Growing, Owing, Gone

    The farm crisis was supposed to be over a decade ago­when the TV crews packed up and the celebrities went home. But in places like Renville County, farmers have been harvesting hard times ever since.

  • Restaurants

    July 15, 1998
  • Feature

    November 19, 1997

    Suddenly Saddam

    It should be remembered that the first plant Saddam used to make chemical weapons was built by the American multinational Bechtel with money supplied by the U.S. Agriculture Department.

  • News

    October 9, 1996

    The Vanishing Pool

    On two farms in Iowa, preservationists are fighting a battle against the disappearance of countless plant and animal breeds. If they lose, the costs to the planet could be incalculable.

  • News

    February 14, 1996

    Strawberry Fields Forever

    Clinton's Love Affair with a Deadly Gas