Dan Kraker Feature Archive

Duluth's Tall Ships Festival begins today, bringing nine replicas of historic sailing ships to the lakefront -- and a significant economic boost to the city. (07/25/2013)
Law enforcement officials from 11 different agencies seized more than 5,500 marijuana plants from a pot-growing operation near Hinckley, Minn., Wednesday. (07/24/2013)
Minnesota officials are struggling to fight the spread of knotweed, buckthorn, wild parsnip and other noxious weeds and invasive species. It's a battle fought on thousands of different fronts against a clever enemy. (07/23/2013)
Black bear researcher Lynn Rogers meets with Gov. Dayton on Monday, with hopes on convincing the governor to allow him to continue his controversial program beyond the end of this month. (07/22/2013)
Duluth is growing jobs in health care, engineering, aviation and other sectors. But its aging housing stock is falling behind the region's growing economy. (07/17/2013)
City officials say adding more affordable housing is crucial to building the city's workforce and population. On Wednesday, they celebrated the opening of a 37-lot subdivision as a step forward. (07/17/2013)
No one was hurt when a replica biplane crashed into Superior Bay in Duluth. (07/16/2013)
A federal judge Monday denied a request to block a new Duluth ordinance requiring anyone who sells synthetic drugs to first apply for a city license. (07/15/2013)
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)