Dan Kraker Feature Archive

The water levels on some of the Great Lakes are near all-time lows, including Lake Superior, according to a new report released Tuesday. (04/23/2013)
Duluth-based aircraft manufacturer Cirrus Aircraft is on pace to unveil its long-awaited lightweight personal jet by 2015. (04/22/2013)
Northeast Minnesota dug out Friday from a record-setting storm that dumped nearly two feet of snow on parts of the region, closed schools and cut off electricity to thousands of customers. (04/19/2013)
Another wintry blast has buried portions of Minnesota under more than a foot and a half of new snow, disrupted travel and closed schools. (04/19/2013)
Officials on the Iron Range are meeting with Minnesota Department of Transportation officials to discuss how to relocate a major highway in the region. Highway 53 between Eveleth and Virginia must be moved to make way for an open pit taconite mine expansion. But a newly proposed option would completely bypass both towns, and that's raised the ire of many local business owners. (04/18/2013)
Gov. Mark Dayton continued his budget-selling swing across Minnesota with a town hall meeting Tuesday in the Iron Range town of Virginia, Minn. (04/16/2013)
Researchers at the University of Minnesota told Iron Range workers to protect themselves from taconite dust, despite a new study that was unable to prove that exposure to the dust causes the rare cancer mesothelioma. The study linked time spent working in the taconite industry to a higher risk of mesothelioma but stopped short of pinpointing its cause. (04/12/2013)
Researchers today will visit the Iron Range to share findings of their study into possible links between asbestos exposure in taconite mines and the deadly lung disease, mesothelioma. More than 80 former miners have died from the rare cancer. For more than five years, researchers have been trying to determine whether exposure to dust in the mines and processing plants makes workers more vulnerable -- not only to mesothelioma but to other respiratory diseases. (04/12/2013)
In the last few months, several hospitals in northeast Minnesota have stopped selling soda and other beverages that are sweetened with sugar. They are at the forefront of a growing national trend among health care facilities that are trying to combat the nation's obesity problem. (04/05/2013)
AT&T has completed construction of a controversial new, 450-foot tall communications tower near the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Area. (04/03/2013)
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)