Dan Kraker Feature Archive

The 610-mile "Sandpiper" line would carry more than 200,000 barrels per day from western North Dakota's Bakken oil fields to the company's terminal in Superior, Wis. The web of pipelines that transport Bakken oil now is straining to keep up with supply, so a new line is crucial, company officials say. (10/28/2013)
Minnesota is losing its battle to keep out the gypsy moth and state officials say that in some areas their only recourse may be to try to slow the insect's spread. (10/22/2013)
The project will replace a controversial pipeline from the Poplar River, a designated trout stream. (10/20/2013)
In coming years, organizers will consider shortening the race or moving it to later in the winter. (10/18/2013)
The Department of Natural Resources has cut the number of wolves that hunters can kill this year, which frustrates hunters and trappers. But Native American groups and the Humane Society want to see the hunt stopped altogether. (10/17/2013)
Northshore Mining wants to expand its Peter Mitchell Mine south of Babbitt, Minn. Environmental groups, arguing the expansion could cause acid mine drainage, petitioned the Department of Natural Resources for an environmental assessment. (10/16/2013)
Ryan Scharber has been charged with three felony counts of setting forest fires while he was fire chief in the Iron Range town south of Ely, Minn. He is also charged with attempting to set a fire at Mattila's Birch Lake Resort in Babbitt. (10/15/2013)
Wisconsin's goal is to reduce the population of gray wolves from its current level of more than 800, down to 350. Hunt opponents say 350 wolves is too few to maintain a sustainable population. (10/15/2013)
Instances of people feeding wildlife has increased as urban and suburban developments have steadily encroached on wildlife habitat -- and this is not necessarily good for the animals. Foxes, for instance, are growing increasingly tame. (10/14/2013)
Starting next spring, library customers can borrow heirloom seeds to grow in their gardens. After the growing season, they'll be asked to save a portion of seeds for themselves and return a portion to the library. (10/10/2013)
The region's aviation sector, which includes plane manufacturers Cirrus and Kestrel, is expected to grow by 40 percent in the next seven years. (10/03/2013)
The wolf had deformities that might have limited its ability to hunt, which may have contributed to its unusual behavior. (09/26/2013)
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has approved a plan by Duluth-based Minnesota Power to install pollution control upgrades at one of the state's largest coal-fired power plants. The $350 million project is expected to reduce mercury emissions. (09/25/2013)
The 114th Transportation Company will spend 10 months in Bagram, Afghanistan. This will be the unit's second deployment in the past four years. (09/24/2013)
Haw Festival attendees will be looking broad-wing and sharp-shinned hawks, goshawks, eagles and other raptors on their long journey south from as far away as the Arctic. (09/21/2013)