Dan Kraker

Minnesota Public Radio

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

Vehicles head south on Hwy. 53 next to the mine.
It may seem crazy, to move an entire highway to the sake of a mine, but it's not as unusual as it sounds. On the Iron Range, there's a long history of moving roads - and entire towns --- to make way for mining. (07/30/2014)
Tim Scannell
On Tuesday, the young woman at the center of the case testified that Scannell touched her inappropriately and tried to convince her to have sex with him when she was 17. (07/25/2014)
White-tailed deer
Hunters in northeast Minnesota will feel the greatest impact from a bucks-only season. (07/23/2014)
A young woman Tuesday testified that Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell touched her inappropriately and tried to convince her to have sex with him when she was 17. (07/23/2014)
Attorneys made their opening statements Tuesday at the St. Louis County Courthouse in the trial of Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell, who is charged with criminal sexual conduct. Scannell is accused of having inappropriate sexual contact two summers ago with a 17-year-old girl, when he was 46. Here's a recap of where the case stands. (07/22/2014)
Beer. It's helped Duluth transform itself from a city largely built on the mining and shipping industries. (07/21/2014)
Federal authorities say Minnesota Power has agreed to install technology to reduce air pollution from three coal-fired plants. (07/16/2014)
The U.S. Coast Guard rescued three kayakers off the shore of Grand Portage on Lake Superior Sunday. (07/14/2014)
Iron ore shipments on the Great Lakes through the end of June are down 17 percent from a year ago. A harsh winter that produced thick ice is to blame. (07/09/2014)
They've set a target date of July 21 for reopening the backcountry. Visitors may rebook backcountry reservations online starting July 21. (07/07/2014)
Steel companies and union workers are claiming that the illegal dumping of steel into the United States at below-market costs by South Korea and other countries threatens thousands of American jobs -- including those on Minnesota's Iron Range. (06/23/2014)
Every day, about 2.3 million barrels of crude oil crosses Minnesota through 10 pipelines, and eight trains carry another 500,000 barrels. (06/19/2014)
Reservoir dams there control the water level on the river and a number of lakes, and even with the dam gates fully open there's been so much rain in the region that the Rainy Lake levels continue to rise. (06/16/2014)
The insect has defoliated millions of acres of trees over the past several decades as it's slowly migrated from the East Coast to the Midwest. Last year, it gained a foothold in northeast Minnesota along the North Shore. (06/13/2014)
More than two dozen people from several agencies responded with boats, a float plane and a state helicopter. (06/13/2014)