Dan Kraker Feature Archive

Cliffs Natural Resources discussed the company's flagging financial results for last year but sounded an upbeat note about this year at a meeting in Virginia Wednesday morning. (02/20/2013)
Birdwatchers from around the country have converged on northeast Minnesota this weekend to attend a well-known bird festival and to see rare owls along the North Shore. (02/16/2013)
The company planning the first proposed copper-nickel mine in northern Minnesota says it has made several environmental improvements to the project. (02/14/2013)
The CEO of Cliffs Natural Resources announced Tuesday that two of its Minnesota taconite facilities have produced much higher grade iron-ore pellets. (02/13/2013)
Though it might seem impossible to many, a thriving scene has emerged on a North Shore beach where about 50 surfers brave the frigid water for waves they swear can compare to some of the best surfing in Hawaii or California. (02/13/2013)
Some Duluth business leaders are concerned that the governor's plan to tax clothing and many professional services could hurt Duluth employers. But there is confusion and little clarity about how the tax plan would would affect business and competition. (02/11/2013)
Authorities have arrested 30 people for selling crack cocaine in Duluth and neighboring Superior, Wis. (02/08/2013)
A bill introduced in the Minnesota Legislature would change the makeup of the board that oversees an Iron Range economic development agency. (02/08/2013)
A mill in Two Harbors, Minn., that makes wood siding for homes has closed for four weeks as it undergoes a $6 million upgrade. (02/03/2013)
A plan to shut down Otter Tail Power's coal burning Hoot Lake power plant by 2020 has been approved by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. (01/31/2013)
The deadline to apply for some flood relief loans in northeast Minnesota has been extended another month. (01/31/2013)
The CEO of Pittsburgh-based U.S. Steel announced a new initiative to promote the importance of iron ore mining in Minnesota at a speech in Minneapolis Wednesday. (01/30/2013)
Racers in the Arrowhead 135 ultra marathon in far northern Minnesota battled nearly a foot of snow that fell during the race. (01/29/2013)
Now about brooms -- witch's brooms, to be exact. Small, tightly woven masses of branches that can appear high up in pine trees across northern Minnesota. These "brooms" are actually the genetic source of a lot of the landscape plants and shrubs sold at nurseries. They're not often easy to retrieve. (01/29/2013)
Anyone who has driven along the North Shore of Lake Superior recently has likely noticed huge stands of dead birch trees. In recent years, several factors, including hungry deer, drought, development and thin, rocky soil, have drastically changed the forest in one of Minnesota's most popular and scenic areas. (01/28/2013)