Dan Kraker

Dan Kraker

Reporter
Minnesota Public Radio
dkraker@mpr.org


Dan Kraker is based in Duluth, Minn., and covers northeastern Minnesota for MPR News. He joined MPR in the summer of 2011 after nearly 10 years at Arizona Public Radio in Flagstaff, where he won two national Edward R. Murrow awards for his coverage of Native American issues. After a decade spent exploring the desert canyons of the southwest, he's thrilled to rediscover the lakes and rivers of northeast Minnesota. He lives in Duluth with his wife and three daughters.

Dan Kraker Feature Archive

Construction work
While officials applaud the new Essar taconite mine, questions linger about the health of the ore business and Essar's decision to abandon plans for a steel plant. (03/30/2015)
Aurora chasers
When conditions are just right, Northern Lights can dance across the Minnesota night -- for those who know how to find them. (03/23/2015)
Casket Quarry
Duluth's leaders want to spend $50 million on outdoor recreation projects to revitalize a long overlooked part of the city. The plan faces a key vote tonight. (03/23/2015)
Two Coast Guard cutters will lay tracks in the ice to help ships navigate through the still-frozen passages. (03/21/2015)
It's the latest blow in the area. Last month, Minnesota iron ore producer Magnetation said it would also idle a plant in Keewatin that employs about 50 people. (03/12/2015)
More than three decades after the controversial deal that established the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, relatively small plots of land in the wilderness continue to generate big disputes. (03/11/2015)
Dr. Thomas Uncini is stepping down in St. Louis County, one month after scheduling controversial autopsies on Native Americans in Carlton County. (03/10/2015)
Given that the emerald ash borer is only kept at bay at temperatures of 30 below, experts are seeking ways to save Minnesota's northern forest as the climate changes. (03/09/2015)
A natural swing in ocean temperatures explains why the rate of global warming has slowed since the late 1990s. But UMD professor Byron Steinman said the trend will reverse itself. (03/04/2015)
For decades the state and federal government have failed to reach a deal. Environmental groups oppose a proposed swap of 30,000 acres. (03/03/2015)
Don Ness called the first two years of his term a "profoundly awful" time for Duluth. But now, he says, the economy is good and quality of life for residents is better. (03/03/2015)
Some Minnesota tribes want to change state law to prohibit an autopsy on religious grounds. Skeptics warn there are consequences to letting families stop the procedures. (03/02/2015)
The National Park Service says Wisconsin's Lake Superior caves will be reachable if the weather holds, but rangers caution that the hike will be slippery. (02/25/2015)
Citing falling ore prices, Grand Rapids-based Magnetation, which mines the waste piles left behind in the mining process, will lay off more than 40 employees. It still employs 300. (02/23/2015)
Campus Pride lists the University of Minnesota-Duluth among the nation's friendliest campuses for gay students. But the group says it's dropping UMD over the firing of women's hockey coach Shannon Miller. (02/20/2015)