Dan Kraker Feature Archive

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)
Duluth settled a lawsuit with two men who wanted to preach Christian views at at a popular holiday festival. The city will pay for legal fees but will also restrict preaching to a 'free speech area.' (09/10/2013)
On the leading edge of interest in community energy generation, Grand Marais is contemplating using locally harvested wood to heat its buildings. (09/10/2013)
A panel of the Minnesota Court of Appeals today agreed that the environmental review requirement for mineral exploration is only triggered when a specific project is proposed, and not when leases are awarded. (09/09/2013)
The Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has canceled its moose hunt for this fall, a decision that came after the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources initiated a legal process to try stop the hunt. (09/06/2013)
The project will create a transportation hub that combines truck, rail and shipping facilities. (09/05/2013)
The Dorothy Molter Museum in Ely celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, telling the story of the last, full-time resident of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Above, paddles left for Dorothy by visitors to her cabins on Knife Lake. (09/04/2013)
Nearly two inches of rain have helped firefighters suppress a wildfire burning in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area near the Canadian border. (08/30/2013)
More financial help is on the way to the city of Duluth to repair lingering damage from last summer's devastating flooding. (08/28/2013)
Two small fires burning in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area have prompted the Superior National Forest to close some campsites and portages. (08/27/2013)