Dan Kraker Feature Archive

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)
Minneapolis Police say 19 people have been arrested after crowds filled the streets of Dinkytown following the Gophers' NCAA hockey title game loss. (04/13/2014)
Tom Emmer has won the Republican endorsement in the race to replace U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann in Minnesota's 6th District. (04/12/2014)
The Hennepin County Medical Center has reopened after it went into an emergency lockdown late Saturday morning. (04/12/2014)
St. Louis County Judge Shaun Floerke ruled Friday that a grand jury in October had cause to indict Scannell on two counts of fourth degree criminal sexual conduct for his alleged inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old girl two years ago. (04/11/2014)
The quotas for individual lakes range from 304 walleyes from Tait Lake north of Lutsen in Cook County to 59 for Cadotte Lake southeast of Hoyt Lakes in St. Louis County. (04/08/2014)
During the winter, when there is deep snow, there are few trails for fat bikers to ride. Snowmobile "grants-in-aid trails," which snowmobilers pay to maintain, are illegal for fat bikes, but tempting to their riders. (04/04/2014)
A four-year long war waged between defiant "Last Place on Earth" owner and synthetic drug hawker Jim Carlson and the city of Duluth -- which played out on newspaper front pages, TV screens, and eventually in federal court - is now the subject of a new art exhibit. (04/03/2014)
The need for more housing has increased as Duluth's unemployment rate has shrunk to pre-recession levels. The city's rental vacancy rate is less than two percent, half of what housing experts consider a healthy rate. Other towns far from the Twin Cities metro area face similar dilemmas, from Roseau and Thief River Falls to Worthington. (04/01/2014)