Dan Kraker Feature Archive

Most lakes are ice free south of a line from roughly Bemidji to Grand Rapids to Duluth, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. (05/07/2014)
Minnesota's Iron Range is littered with the legacy of 130 years of iron mining. Mine pits, enormous waste rock piles and tailings basins dot the landscape. A newfound interest in the leftover rock is leading to a resurgence of mining on the western edge of the Iron Range. (05/04/2014)
Jim Oberstar grew up a tiny house on the Iron Range. His dad was an underground iron ore miner during an era of often brutal working conditions. But from those humblest of beginnings, he became Minnesota's longest-serving Congressman, conversant in six languages, renowned for his intellect and rambling oratory. (05/04/2014)
Chief Administrative Law Judge Tammy Pust agreed this week to reopen the record until Friday because of 28 pages of new documents from the Department of Natural Resources. (04/30/2014)
An airplane maintenance operation that opened in Duluth in 2012 celebrated a milestone Tuesday as it announced a new five-year contract and plans to grow. (04/29/2014)
The biggest outages came in Duluth and International Falls, Minnesota, where more than 1,000 customers temporarily lost power Monday. (04/28/2014)
Three heavy ice breakers are escorting ships in convoys of five across the lake, where stacks of wind-blown ice are still 8 feet thick in places. (04/25/2014)
Duluth drivers wait for the city's decision on how to plug a four-year budget hole that's tearing up the streets. (04/23/2014)
There is a growing need for skilled mining workers in Minnesota, and the University of Minnesota Duluth is developing a center to train a new generation of workers. (04/22/2014)
Lutsen Mountains Ski Resort has announced that heavy recent snowfall will allow it to stay open into May, its latest closing date ever. (04/21/2014)
Twin Metals has been quietly completing its plans for a massive underground mine just a few miles south of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The mine would create more than 1,000 jobs, but those benefits aren't enough to win over critics. (04/17/2014)
The Great Northern Transmission Line would carry at least 750 megawatts of electricity into the U.S. beginning in 2020. (04/16/2014)
In addition to a $19,000 fine, the city also has to install sand filters at its treatment plant to remove mercury from its effluent. (04/15/2014)
Many of the closed roads and trails are located in state forests in the northern half of the state. (04/14/2014)
State officials are reminding Minnesotans who may need help with heating bills to ask for assistance now before a key rule expires on Tuesday. (04/13/2014)