Dan Kraker Feature Archive

The Fond du Lac Band of Chippewa is canceling its moose hunt because it wants to find out what's causing the plunge in moose population. (09/13/2013)
When city crews discovered the ash borer this summer in Superior, Wis., all of Douglas County was quickly placed under quarantine. That stopped firewood from being moved outside the county. But it's also kept the region's timber industry from transporting unprocessed ash trees through September. (09/13/2013)
Duluth settled a lawsuit with two men who wanted to preach Christian views at at a popular holiday festival. The city will pay for legal fees but will also restrict preaching to a 'free speech area.' (09/10/2013)
On the leading edge of interest in community energy generation, Grand Marais is contemplating using locally harvested wood to heat its buildings. (09/10/2013)
A panel of the Minnesota Court of Appeals today agreed that the environmental review requirement for mineral exploration is only triggered when a specific project is proposed, and not when leases are awarded. (09/09/2013)
The Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has canceled its moose hunt for this fall, a decision that came after the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources initiated a legal process to try stop the hunt. (09/06/2013)
The project will create a transportation hub that combines truck, rail and shipping facilities. (09/05/2013)
The Dorothy Molter Museum in Ely celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, telling the story of the last, full-time resident of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Above, paddles left for Dorothy by visitors to her cabins on Knife Lake. (09/04/2013)
Nearly two inches of rain have helped firefighters suppress a wildfire burning in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area near the Canadian border. (08/30/2013)
More financial help is on the way to the city of Duluth to repair lingering damage from last summer's devastating flooding. (08/28/2013)
Two small fires burning in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area have prompted the Superior National Forest to close some campsites and portages. (08/27/2013)
In an effort to prevent the kind of catastrophic fires burning across the western United States, northern Minnesota forest managers are laying the groundwork for a "prescribed" fire near Ely. (08/26/2013)
"Don't feed the wildlife!" is a message frequently trumpeted at campgrounds around Minnesota. It's usually meant to warn people not to feed deer or bears. But this summer wildlife managers are expanding that message to wolves. In northeast Minnesota, people are feeding wolf pups -- easy meals that could have very negative consequences. (08/22/2013)
A team of scientists begins a 10-day trip on the Great Lakes Sunday searching for microplastics, tiny plastic balls that researchers fear could be harming fish. (08/18/2013)
A tanker truck carrying 40,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate rolled over just after 8 a.m. today at the entrance to Hibbing Taconite. (08/16/2013)