Dan Kraker Feature Archive

A federal magistrate judge in Duluth is expected to decide Monday whether the owner of a controversial head shop has to apply for a city license to sell synthetic drugs. (07/13/2013)
A little known piece of aviation history will be recreated in Duluth. A group of aviation buffs there have built -- from scratch -- a replica of a historic plane dubbed "The Lark of Duluth." The air boat, as it was known, went on to become the nation's first commercial airliner. (07/12/2013)
State regulators are monitoring a diesel fuel spill in far northeast Minnesota that leaked into Lake Superior. (07/10/2013)
Stately, tall white pines all over the state and the tamaracks of northeastern Minnesota have had their natural defenses from beetles weakened. Scientists suspect climate change is to blame in both cases. (07/08/2013)
Abandoned as Jewish families left the Iron Range, a century-old synagogue is getting new life as a town museum. (07/05/2013)
The largest health care system in Duluth is phasing out the sale of soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages, following a growing trend across the region. (07/02/2013)
Lynn Rogers was known to hand-feed the animals and broadcast the birth of cubs over the Internet. Now he is losing his Minnesota permit to do his close-up research. (06/28/2013)
We're only six months into the 2013-2014 campaign cycle and already multiple challengers have stepped into U.S. House races across the state. The latest: Republican Stewart Mills announced today that he plans to challenge DFL U.S. Rick Nolan in the 8th Congressional District. (06/26/2013)
"This is unsellable land, so if we decide to stay, we're stuck here for the rest of our lives," says Cathedral Pines homeowner Denny Gertzen, a year after the bloated Moose Horn River swallowed his property whole. His dilemma is emblematic of the challenge faced by many people in his community. (06/21/2013)
A year ago today, 24 hours of torrential rain unleashed epic floods that tore apart homes, schools, streets, parks and communities across Duluth and northeast Minnesota. In the first of a series if reports, we assess the overall damage, and the repair work that's still taking place. (06/19/2013)
Duluth residents are commemorating the 10-year anniversary this weekend of the construction of a memorial to honor the vicitms of a lynching nearly a century ago. (06/15/2013)
Duluth police say a car crash led to an officer-involved shooting that killed a 26-year-old man. (06/11/2013)
A new kind of first aid class is soaring in participation across Minnesota and the nation, as tens of thousands of people seek training in how to help people with mental illness and perhaps slow the incidence of shootings in public places. (06/04/2013)
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)