Dan Kraker Feature Archive

The owner of a Duluth head shop and his son today were formally charged by the state with four felony counts of selling a controlled substance. (04/01/2013)
Tickets will go on sale Monday for this summer's Tall Ships festival, which can attract about 250,000 people to Lake Superior. That's how many came to the port city in 2010 to see the grand sailing ships that evoke the nation's nautical past in the largest event ever held in northeast Minnesota. (04/01/2013)
Applications for Minnesota bear hunting licenses will be available starting Monday. The 3,750 licenses are available in 11 permit areas, down from the 6,000 available last year. (03/30/2013)
The first oceangoing ship of 2013 is expected to reach Duluth around midnight Friday, in the earliest arrival in the city for a "saltie." (03/29/2013)
Police arrested the owner of a controversial head shop Friday afternoon in Duluth for allegedly selling illegal synthetic drugs. (03/29/2013)
The use of video conferencing software by a northern Minnesota city councilmember to attend meetings raises questions about how elected officials should face their constituents. (03/26/2013)
After more than a century in which iron mining has played a central role in the economy and culture of northeastern Minnesota, a new kind of mining is poised to join the taconite industry. (03/26/2013)
A project to reroute a major highway on the Iron Range could be delayed by a year or more, after a plan to have the highway span an operating taconite mine was rejected. (03/23/2013)
Gov. Mark Dayton held a town hall meeting before a standing-room-only crowd of about 150 people in Duluth last night, to make the case for a budget plan that includes a tax hike on the wealthy and spending in education and other programs. (03/22/2013)
The 2013 Lake Superior shipping season is getting under way at the port of Duluth: The 1,000-foot Mesabi Miner is scheduled to be the first departure of the season Tuesday night or Wednesday morning. (03/19/2013)
The proposed high-speed rail line between Duluth and the Twin Cities inched one step closer to possible construction Monday. (03/18/2013)
More than 100 supporters and opponents of copper-nickel mining on the Iron Range gathered Friday for a five-hour informational forum in Virginia, Minn. (03/16/2013)
Loons will soon begin their migration back to the north woods. The birds are a cultural and natural icon, not only in Minnesota but across the Great Lakes states. But last fall, nearly 900 loons died while migrating south across Lake Michigan. Scientists are not sure what killed the loons, but they suspect that invasive species may be to blame. (03/11/2013)
The 29th running of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon takes off from Duluth on Sunday. The race was postponed from January because of a lack of snow. (03/09/2013)
The Minnesota Executive Council unanimously approved an iron ore mining lease today as part of a continued mining renaissance on the Iron Range. (03/06/2013)