Dan Kraker Feature Archive

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)
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)