Dan Kraker Feature Archive

Ryan Scharber has been charged with three felony counts of setting forest fires while he was fire chief in the Iron Range town south of Ely, Minn. He is also charged with attempting to set a fire at Mattila's Birch Lake Resort in Babbitt. (10/15/2013)
Wisconsin's goal is to reduce the population of gray wolves from its current level of more than 800, down to 350. Hunt opponents say 350 wolves is too few to maintain a sustainable population. (10/15/2013)
Instances of people feeding wildlife has increased as urban and suburban developments have steadily encroached on wildlife habitat -- and this is not necessarily good for the animals. Foxes, for instance, are growing increasingly tame. (10/14/2013)
Starting next spring, library customers can borrow heirloom seeds to grow in their gardens. After the growing season, they'll be asked to save a portion of seeds for themselves and return a portion to the library. (10/10/2013)
The region's aviation sector, which includes plane manufacturers Cirrus and Kestrel, is expected to grow by 40 percent in the next seven years. (10/03/2013)
The wolf had deformities that might have limited its ability to hunt, which may have contributed to its unusual behavior. (09/26/2013)
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)