Dan Kraker Feature Archive

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has approved a plan by Duluth-based Minnesota Power to install pollution control upgrades at one of the state's largest coal-fired power plants. The $350 million project is expected to reduce mercury emissions. (09/25/2013)
The 114th Transportation Company will spend 10 months in Bagram, Afghanistan. This will be the unit's second deployment in the past four years. (09/24/2013)
Haw Festival attendees will be looking broad-wing and sharp-shinned hawks, goshawks, eagles and other raptors on their long journey south from as far away as the Arctic. (09/21/2013)
Organizers are hoping the conditions are right for 11 balloonists to take flight over Duluth this weekend in the city's first-ever hot air balloon festival. (09/21/2013)
A long-awaited highway safety project by the Minnesota Department of Transportation to improve Highway 169 could make the road safer for drivers. But progress has been slowed by concerns over potential water pollution. (09/17/2013)
Jim Carlson, owner of Last Place on Earth, faces 54 counts of violating federal drug and regulatory laws. (09/15/2013)
Urban hunters contend with blaring sirens, barking dogs, even kids jumping on trampolines. But if they want to harvest a deer, this is the hunt for them. City deer hunts are spreading across the state and country as a way to control the animal's booming population. (09/13/2013)
The Fond du Lac Band of Chippewa is canceling its moose hunt because it wants to find out what's causing the plunge in moose population. (09/13/2013)
When city crews discovered the ash borer this summer in Superior, Wis., all of Douglas County was quickly placed under quarantine. That stopped firewood from being moved outside the county. But it's also kept the region's timber industry from transporting unprocessed ash trees through September. (09/13/2013)
Duluth settled a lawsuit with two men who wanted to preach Christian views at at a popular holiday festival. The city will pay for legal fees but will also restrict preaching to a 'free speech area.' (09/10/2013)
On the leading edge of interest in community energy generation, Grand Marais is contemplating using locally harvested wood to heat its buildings. (09/10/2013)
A panel of the Minnesota Court of Appeals today agreed that the environmental review requirement for mineral exploration is only triggered when a specific project is proposed, and not when leases are awarded. (09/09/2013)
The Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has canceled its moose hunt for this fall, a decision that came after the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources initiated a legal process to try stop the hunt. (09/06/2013)
The project will create a transportation hub that combines truck, rail and shipping facilities. (09/05/2013)
The Dorothy Molter Museum in Ely celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, telling the story of the last, full-time resident of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Above, paddles left for Dorothy by visitors to her cabins on Knife Lake. (09/04/2013)