Dan Kraker Feature Archive

The Park Service estimates about 50,000 people have visited so far -- more than come to the area most summers. The Bayfield County Tourism estimates those tourists have spent as much as $10 million. (02/18/2014)
Though their numbers show "no significant change" compared to last year, the moose population is still down dramatically from years past, the state DNR says. (02/15/2014)
Officials believe the fire started with a faulty blower motor in the building's heating system. Damage to the building is estimated at $15,000. (02/14/2014)
Five inches of quickly falling snow on Thursday caused dozens of accidents across Duluth, including a multi-car crash that closed a stretch of Interstate 35 for hours. (02/13/2014)
If passed, Duluth would become the first city in the state to back a higher wage. (02/10/2014)
While a gopher diet pill is a long way away, UMD scientists have identified thousands of genes in the fat of these creatures that could someday lead to drugs that help burn fat in humans. (02/10/2014)
The team navigated a tough field at the U.S. Trials in Fargo in November. Then they won five straight matches at a tournament in Germany to qualify for the Olympics. The team is hoping to come back from a disastrous performance in 2010 games, which they think actually fueled growth in the sport's popularity. (01/30/2014)
More than 2,100 people packed a Saint Paul RiverCentre ballroom, matching in size but surpassing in feistiness the combined 2,000 or so people who attended two earlier meetings in Duluth and Aurora. (01/29/2014)
Debate over the need for long-term water treatment has dominated public testimony surrounding PolyMet's proposed copper-nickel mine, but the agencies studying the plan didn't ask the one question seemingly everyone wants the answer to: How long exactly will that treatment be needed? (01/27/2014)
Although Dayton defended the federal Affordable Care Act for extending insurance for young adults and to people with pre-existing conditions, he described the rollout of the $100 million state online insurance marketplace as "horrible" and said the buck stops with him. (01/24/2014)
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said the current draft of the environmental impact statement for PolyMet's mine and processing facility estimated the nearby Partridge River's flow using data that differs from other, more recent data. (01/23/2014)
Aurora, a small town of 1,600 on the northeastern edge of the Iron Range, is a hotbed of support for the proposal. Many residents once worked at LTV Steel, a nearby taconite plant that shut down in 2001, causing more than 1,000 employees to lose their jobs. PolyMet is proposing to reuse the shuttered plant. (01/23/2014)
The first public hearing on what could be Minnesota's first copper-nickel mine drew some 1,300 people to Duluth on Thursday to rally for jobs, ask questions and poke holes in the 2,200-page environmental study that must pass muster before the project can go forward. (01/17/2014)
Minnesota is potentially on the brink of a copper mining boom. Tonight in Duluth is the first of a series of public hearings on a proposed copper-nickel mine in Hoyt Lakes. Follow updates from MPR News and Duluth News Tribune reporters. (01/16/2014)
Thick ice was a challenge for ships this winter. Icebreakers in the Duluth harbor had to cut through two-foot thick ice starting in mid-December to keep shipping channels clear. (01/15/2014)