Dan Kraker Feature Archive

The season's first oceangoing ship arrived Monday in Duluth-Superior. It's a change from last year when Great Lakes ice brought shipping to a virtual standstill for much of the spring. (04/13/2015)
While officials applaud the new Essar taconite mine, questions linger about the health of the ore business and Essar's decision to abandon plans for a steel plant. (03/30/2015)
When conditions are just right, Northern Lights can dance across the Minnesota night -- for those who know how to find them. (03/23/2015)
Duluth's leaders want to spend $50 million on outdoor recreation projects to revitalize a long overlooked part of the city. The plan faces a key vote tonight. (03/23/2015)
Two Coast Guard cutters will lay tracks in the ice to help ships navigate through the still-frozen passages. (03/21/2015)
It's the latest blow in the area. Last month, Minnesota iron ore producer Magnetation said it would also idle a plant in Keewatin that employs about 50 people. (03/12/2015)
More than three decades after the controversial deal that established the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, relatively small plots of land in the wilderness continue to generate big disputes. (03/11/2015)
Dr. Thomas Uncini is stepping down in St. Louis County, one month after scheduling controversial autopsies on Native Americans in Carlton County. (03/10/2015)
Given that the emerald ash borer is only kept at bay at temperatures of 30 below, experts are seeking ways to save Minnesota's northern forest as the climate changes. (03/09/2015)
A natural swing in ocean temperatures explains why the rate of global warming has slowed since the late 1990s. But UMD professor Byron Steinman said the trend will reverse itself. (03/04/2015)
For decades the state and federal government have failed to reach a deal. Environmental groups oppose a proposed swap of 30,000 acres. (03/03/2015)
Don Ness called the first two years of his term a "profoundly awful" time for Duluth. But now, he says, the economy is good and quality of life for residents is better. (03/03/2015)
Some Minnesota tribes want to change state law to prohibit an autopsy on religious grounds. Skeptics warn there are consequences to letting families stop the procedures. (03/02/2015)
The National Park Service says Wisconsin's Lake Superior caves will be reachable if the weather holds, but rangers caution that the hike will be slippery. (02/25/2015)
Citing falling ore prices, Grand Rapids-based Magnetation, which mines the waste piles left behind in the mining process, will lay off more than 40 employees. It still employs 300. (02/23/2015)