Dan Kraker Feature Archive

Two lawsuits are seeking to overturn the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's decision to grant a water quality variance to the Mesabi Nugget iron processing plant near Hoyt Lakes, saying regulators violated the Clean Water Act and other federal laws when they approved it late last year. (06/04/2013)
Nearly a year after last summer's historic flooding, the Minnesota Department of Transportation will begin building a bridge on Monday to span a huge washout in Jay Cooke State Park. (06/02/2013)
The polarizing divide over the future of mining around Ely will be on display this weekend, when an anti-mining group opens shop on the canoeing mecca's main drag. The new center will encourage tourists to take action against proposed copper-nickel mines in the region. Organizers see mining as a major environmental threat, but many in town believe it can be done safely and jumpstart the economy. (05/31/2013)
The executive director of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority has announced plans to retire. (05/25/2013)
Bob Dylan turned 72 this week, and the Iron Range town of Hibbing is again celebrating its most famous son this weekend. (05/24/2013)
Memorial Day weekend is upon us and many Minnesotans are heading north on clogged highways to summer cabins. With the long winter and late ice-out on many lakes, for some this could be the first visit since last fall. One family opened up the cabin that's provided a summer retreat to four generations. (05/24/2013)
As it turned out, a blind man can stop a bulldozer. Bill Muir did it. (05/24/2013)
Jim Rada died 10 years ago of a heart attack while paddling the Presque Isle River, seen above. Ever since, his friends have held a race on the river in his honor. (05/22/2013)
A new study shows that climate change could mean better conditions for some Lake Superior fish species, but worse for others. (05/20/2013)
The importance of exports to Minnesota's economy was highlighted by state economic development officials and Duluth business leaders in a news conference on Friday. (05/17/2013)
The first cohort of a new degree developed to prepare leaders for the unique challenge of tribal management graduates today from the University of Minnesota Duluth. (05/16/2013)
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has started the second phase of its ambitious study to determine why the state's moose population is declining so rapidly. Last week, they began collaring newborn moose calves. (05/15/2013)
High temperatures and desert-like humidity readings are helping to drive an outbreak of wildfires in Minnesota and Wisconsin. (05/15/2013)
A controversial proposed copper-nickel mine in northeast Minnesota reached a major milestone Monday. (05/13/2013)
As the Minnesota Senate debated the same-sex marriage bill Monday, some of our reporters in greater Minnesota asked state residents what they thought of the legislation. (05/13/2013)