Dan Kraker Feature Archive

Aiming to lure more filmmakers to Minnesota, state lawmakers last year resurrected the "snowbate" program which provides rebates to film companies for 20 percent of what they spend in the state -- and 25 percent if they shoot outside of the Twin Cities metro area. Most of the film crews coming to the state are heading to northeast Minnesota. (06/03/2014)
Brad Lancaster, perhaps the nation's expert on capturing and using rainwater, creates an oasis in the desert where he lives. And what he used to do illegally is now sanctioned by the city and imitated by neighbors. (05/29/2014)
In a groundwater Q and A with MPR News reporter Dan Kraker, University of Arizona water expert and author Robert Glennon says Minnesota's water situation is not all that different from that in dry Arizona. (05/27/2014)
Chief Administrative Law Judge Tammy Pust agreed with the DNR that Rogers' hand-feeding of bears in the Eagles Nest Township area southwest of Ely constituted "a risk to public safety." (05/27/2014)
Encouraging residents to use less water is one thing. But perhaps the biggest water gains Tucson has achieved come from using water more than once. It's a water idea that some in Minnesota think needs to gain importance. (05/27/2014)
By conserving water at every turn, the residents of Tucson have developed an attitude toward water that some think the Land of 10,000 Lakes should emulate. (05/27/2014)
So far this year, an ongoing state Department of Natural Resources study shows moose mortalities are down two-thirds from what they were at this point last year. (05/21/2014)
Most lakes are ice free south of a line from roughly Bemidji to Grand Rapids to Duluth, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. (05/07/2014)
Minnesota's Iron Range is littered with the legacy of 130 years of iron mining. Mine pits, enormous waste rock piles and tailings basins dot the landscape. A newfound interest in the leftover rock is leading to a resurgence of mining on the western edge of the Iron Range. (05/04/2014)
Jim Oberstar grew up a tiny house on the Iron Range. His dad was an underground iron ore miner during an era of often brutal working conditions. But from those humblest of beginnings, he became Minnesota's longest-serving Congressman, conversant in six languages, renowned for his intellect and rambling oratory. (05/04/2014)
Chief Administrative Law Judge Tammy Pust agreed this week to reopen the record until Friday because of 28 pages of new documents from the Department of Natural Resources. (04/30/2014)
An airplane maintenance operation that opened in Duluth in 2012 celebrated a milestone Tuesday as it announced a new five-year contract and plans to grow. (04/29/2014)
The biggest outages came in Duluth and International Falls, Minnesota, where more than 1,000 customers temporarily lost power Monday. (04/28/2014)
Three heavy ice breakers are escorting ships in convoys of five across the lake, where stacks of wind-blown ice are still 8 feet thick in places. (04/25/2014)
Duluth drivers wait for the city's decision on how to plug a four-year budget hole that's tearing up the streets. (04/23/2014)