Dan Kraker Feature Archive

The last ocean-bound ship to leave the Duluth - Superior harbor for the season departs this afternoon. (12/19/2013)
The wolf hunting and trapping season will close today in northeastern Minnesota. (12/18/2013)
Representatives of 59 Midwestern groups asked the Environmental Protection Agency today to consider the cumulative effects of mining across the Lake Superior basin, including from the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine. (12/16/2013)
A coalition of national labor and environmental groups released a report today calling for significant additional spending on roads, sewers, water lines and other public projects in Minnesota. (12/11/2013)
Attorneys suing the Diocese of Duluth are pressing for the release of a list of 17 priests accused of sexually abusing minors. (12/09/2013)
A proposed copper-nickel mining operation in northeast Minnesota would need long-term water treatment to ensure potentially toxic rock won't pollute area waterways, according to an environmental review released Friday. (12/05/2013)
The battle over copper-nickel mining has its roots in a 1948 discovery by Fred Childers, of Ely. He discovered mineralized rock while blasting to build a Forest Service road. (12/05/2013)
Northeast Minnesota is digging out from over two feet of snow that's fallen in some places since this major winter storm began on Monday. That's wreaked havoc on the roads -- but it's also transformed the region into a winter playground. (12/04/2013)
A study on how an open pit copper-nickel mine could change the landscape just north of the town of Hoyt Lakes will be released in a 1,800-page environmental impact statement available on Dec. 6. This map shows the locations of proposed sites for the PolyMet and Twin Metals copper-nickel mines northern Minnesota. (12/02/2013)
This Friday the public will get its first peek at a long anticipated environmental study of one of the state's most controversial development projects in years: copper and nickel mining in northeastern Minnesota. (12/02/2013)
A detailed look at copper-nickel mining proposals in northeastern Minnesota. (12/02/2013)
Minnesota needs to know more about the potential effects of copper-nickel mining in the state, State Auditor Rebecca Otto said Tuesday, to a group of about 75 people in Ely. (11/26/2013)
The Minnesota Department of Transportation has closed a busy stretch of Interstate 35 in Duluth for the next three to four weeks, after inspectors found corrosion in pilings that help support a bridge. (11/22/2013)
A southbound stretch of Interstate 35 through Duluth will be closed three to four weeks to repair a bridge after corrosion was found in the piling supporting one of the bridge's 38 piers. (11/21/2013)
This past spring, Lake Superior rose by 20 inches, fueled by massive runoff from big rain and snowstorms. (11/20/2013)