Dan Kraker Feature Archive

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)
The native insects stripped the leaves off about a million acres of hardwood trees across the state last year and in the next year or two their numbers will likely peak. (01/13/2014)
If approved, the resolution would direct the Duluth Human Rights Commission to draft an ordinance that would prohibit discrimination against the homeless in education, employment, public services, public accommodations and other areas. (01/13/2014)
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has rejected an application by Calumet Specialty Products to repair a loading dock in Superior, Wis., where the company had proposed loading oil on to ships that would travel to eastern refineries. (01/09/2014)
The public will also be able to comment at public meetings starting next week. (01/07/2014)
People in most of the state may have been hunkered inside on Monday, but residents of Embarrass are used to frigid weather. School was even open last week, when it was 10 degrees colder. (01/06/2014)
A 40-year-old state law limits how much of a mining byproduct called "sulfate" can be discharged into wild rice producing waters. Prompted by mining industry concerns that the standard is too stringent, the state has been giving it another look. (01/05/2014)
The Diocese of Duluth today released the names of 17 former priests it says have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of a young person sometime in the years from 1950 to the present. (12/31/2013)
The vacant houses, spread throughout the city, near downtown and in eastern and western neighborhoods, have been holding back the community for years by reducing property values, officials said. (12/23/2013)