Dan Kraker Feature Archive

The federal agency cites progress in the design and documentation of PolyMet Mining's proposal to mine copper, nickel and precious metals near Hoyt Lakes. (08/14/2013)
A new coalition of advocates for people with disabilities and the elderly is calling for a 5 percent increase in state funding for services they receive at home and in the community. (08/13/2013)
Famed scientist Jane Goodall, best known for her 54-year study of African chimpanzees, has lent her support to Lynn Rogers, the embattled black bear researcher in northern Minnesota. (08/12/2013)
Hoping to create a large waterfront pedestrian plaza, Duluth Mayor Don Ness on Thursday unveiled plans on to build a walkway. (08/08/2013)
State economic officials are set to approve nearly $2 million to boost higher education efforts in northeast Minnesota. (08/07/2013)
More than a year after torrential rainfall led to massive flooding in northeast Minnesota, many people are still struggling to piece together small loans, grants and savings to repair their homes. Meanwhile, another pool of money has funded some fairly expensive projects to repair erosion damage near lakes and streams. (08/02/2013)
An effort to raise $159,000 to fund the completion of a giant bronze sculpture of Bob Dylan, to be placed in the songwriter's hometown, has fallen well short of its goal. (08/02/2013)
The Whitefish Bay, one of six new ships built for Canada Steamship Lines, marked its first transit in the Great Lakes. (07/29/2013)
Ely bear researcher Lynn Rogers goes to court on Monday in Ramsey County to ask a judge to allow him to keep GPS collars on 10 study bears. (07/28/2013)
Duluth's Tall Ships Festival begins today, bringing nine replicas of historic sailing ships to the lakefront -- and a significant economic boost to the city. (07/25/2013)
Law enforcement officials from 11 different agencies seized more than 5,500 marijuana plants from a pot-growing operation near Hinckley, Minn., Wednesday. (07/24/2013)
Minnesota officials are struggling to fight the spread of knotweed, buckthorn, wild parsnip and other noxious weeds and invasive species. It's a battle fought on thousands of different fronts against a clever enemy. (07/23/2013)
Black bear researcher Lynn Rogers meets with Gov. Dayton on Monday, with hopes on convincing the governor to allow him to continue his controversial program beyond the end of this month. (07/22/2013)
Duluth is growing jobs in health care, engineering, aviation and other sectors. But its aging housing stock is falling behind the region's growing economy. (07/17/2013)
City officials say adding more affordable housing is crucial to building the city's workforce and population. On Wednesday, they celebrated the opening of a 37-lot subdivision as a step forward. (07/17/2013)