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

Seed packet at the library
A Duluth City Council resolution asks the Minnesota Legislature to exempt seed libraries from testing and labeling. State Sen. Roger Reinert will propose that amendment to the seed law. (12/16/2014)
Fat bikes
Fat bikes have exploded in popularity recently in Minnesota, especially in the winter. The bikes' extra wide tires with very low pressure are designed to float over a couple inches of snow. (12/15/2014)
Officials at the Apostle Islands in northern Wisconsin say conditions look good so far to possibly allow access to the Ice Caves later this winter. (12/13/2014)
The Sandpiper pipeline would transport crude oil from North Dakota to Superior, Wis., across northern Minnesota. (12/12/2014)
The slump began in the late 1990s. It continued for 15 years, culminating early last year when Lake Michigan and Lake Huron set low-water records. Since then, levels have sharply rebounded. (12/10/2014)
About 40 demonstrators lay down on the plaza in front of TCF Bank Stadium. They chanted slogans against police brutality. (12/07/2014)
Cook County, in far northeast Minnesota, had the highest voter turnout at 70 percent. Winona County had the lowest at 39 percent. (12/05/2014)
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is proposing a quarantine to keep freshly cut logs from states infested with the mountain pine beetle out of the state. (12/03/2014)
Iron Range mine workers suffer mesothelioma at three times the rate of Minnesota's general population, but University of Minnesota researchers say they can't pinpoint an exact cause. (12/01/2014)
Minnesota Department of Agriculture regulators say the Duluth exchange violates state law because it does not test seeds. (11/30/2014)
Students and activists across the state Tuesday protested the Missouri grand jury's decision. Rallies were peaceful, although a woman was hit by a car during a late afternoon rally in Minneapolis. (11/25/2014)
A $220 million project will carry Highway 53 on the state's highest bridge across the abandoned Rouchleau Pit on the Iron Range. (11/18/2014)
A panel lists dozens of ways the federal government can better help communities deal with extreme weather and other impacts of climate change. (11/17/2014)
A quick game of chance led to Frank Moe's election as a county commissioner. (11/10/2014)
The Cook County auditor will place two scrabble letters, an A and a Z, in a bag. The candidate drawing the Z wins. (11/09/2014)