Dan Kraker Feature Archive

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)
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)