Dan Kraker Feature Archive

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)
Duluth officials say it's not a question of whether the tree-killing emerald ash borer crosses the St. Louis River, but when. (08/15/2013)
An electronics manufacturer on the Iron Range broke ground on a new facility Wednesday that could bring another 50 jobs to the region. (08/14/2013)
The federal agency cites progress in the design and documentation of PolyMet Mining's proposal to mine copper, nickel and precious metals near Hoyt Lakes. (08/14/2013)
A new coalition of advocates for people with disabilities and the elderly is calling for a 5 percent increase in state funding for services they receive at home and in the community. (08/13/2013)
Famed scientist Jane Goodall, best known for her 54-year study of African chimpanzees, has lent her support to Lynn Rogers, the embattled black bear researcher in northern Minnesota. (08/12/2013)
Hoping to create a large waterfront pedestrian plaza, Duluth Mayor Don Ness on Thursday unveiled plans on to build a walkway. (08/08/2013)
State economic officials are set to approve nearly $2 million to boost higher education efforts in northeast Minnesota. (08/07/2013)
More than a year after torrential rainfall led to massive flooding in northeast Minnesota, many people are still struggling to piece together small loans, grants and savings to repair their homes. Meanwhile, another pool of money has funded some fairly expensive projects to repair erosion damage near lakes and streams. (08/02/2013)
An effort to raise $159,000 to fund the completion of a giant bronze sculpture of Bob Dylan, to be placed in the songwriter's hometown, has fallen well short of its goal. (08/02/2013)
The Whitefish Bay, one of six new ships built for Canada Steamship Lines, marked its first transit in the Great Lakes. (07/29/2013)
Ely bear researcher Lynn Rogers goes to court on Monday in Ramsey County to ask a judge to allow him to keep GPS collars on 10 study bears. (07/28/2013)