Dan Kraker Feature Archive

Both city councils support unifying. So do the mayors, including Lawrence St. Germain, mayor of Thomson. His town has only 159 residents and two part time employees now and would see improved service under a merger. (11/04/2013)
The Greater Downtown Council began offering six retail spaces rent-free starting Nov. 1st for short-term, or "pop-up" stores. Council President Kristi Stokes says they received over two dozen applicants in the first 24 hours. (11/03/2013)
Karen Diver of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is the only Minnesotan on the task force, and the only tribal representative from the lower 48 states. (11/01/2013)
The iconic swinging bridge at Jay Cooke State Park reopens today, 16 months after it was destroyed by raging floodwaters on June 20, 2012, when ten inches of rain poured across northeast Minnesota in a 24-hour period. (11/01/2013)
Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell has been indicted on two counts of criminal sexual conduct stemming from allegations he engaged in criminal sexual conduct with a 17-year-old girl. The investigation came after a restraining order was issued against Scannell to keep him away from the girl. (10/31/2013)
The 610-mile "Sandpiper" line would carry more than 200,000 barrels per day from western North Dakota's Bakken oil fields to the company's terminal in Superior, Wis. The web of pipelines that transport Bakken oil now is straining to keep up with supply, so a new line is crucial, company officials say. (10/28/2013)
Minnesota is losing its battle to keep out the gypsy moth and state officials say that in some areas their only recourse may be to try to slow the insect's spread. (10/22/2013)
The project will replace a controversial pipeline from the Poplar River, a designated trout stream. (10/20/2013)
In coming years, organizers will consider shortening the race or moving it to later in the winter. (10/18/2013)
The Department of Natural Resources has cut the number of wolves that hunters can kill this year, which frustrates hunters and trappers. But Native American groups and the Humane Society want to see the hunt stopped altogether. (10/17/2013)
Northshore Mining wants to expand its Peter Mitchell Mine south of Babbitt, Minn. Environmental groups, arguing the expansion could cause acid mine drainage, petitioned the Department of Natural Resources for an environmental assessment. (10/16/2013)
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)