Dispatch from southwest Minnesota

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Mark Steil, who covers Southwest Minnesota for Minnesota Public Radio News, talks about important stories on his beat during Morning Edition with Cathy Wurzer.

Mark talked about how the Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton may reopen in more than a year now that the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has announced plans to send inmates to Colorado and Minnesota. Here’s some background on the prison, which shut down because of tough economic conditions.

He also discussed the state Agriculture Department’s warnings to farms linked to illegal sales of raw milk. The raw milk issue surfaced in May when the state linked an E. coli outbreak to unpasteurized milk sold by the Michael Hartmann farm.

Mark also talked about a proposal for a new fiber optic system form homes in southern Minnesota that could wire every home in Sibley County.

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