Dan Kraker Feature Archive

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)
Duluth needs the Legislature's approval to renew the tax. Don Ness aims to raise as much as $18 million for new trails, amenities and improved river access along the St. Louis River in West Duluth. (03/27/2014)
Cirrus made its name with a sleek four-seat piston-engine plane that features a safety parachute. For much of the last decade, the company has been developing a seven passenger personal jet. (03/25/2014)
The first cargo ships are scheduled to leave the Duluth harbor Saturday. But it's going to be a slow start to the season because the harbor is clogged by ice that's five feet thick in places. A Coast Guard cutter and local tugs are working feverishly to break up the ice to allow the ships to depart. We rode along with one of them. (03/21/2014)
Duluth Mayor Don Ness on Wednesday waded into the controversy over the growing web of oil pipelines across northern Minnesota as he endorsed Enbridge Energy's pipeline expansion plans. (03/19/2014)
Enbridge Energy plans to boost the capacity of its Alberta Clipper pipeline that carries oil from Edmonton in the Alberta Tar Sands region to Clearbrook, Minn. and then to Superior, Wis. (03/18/2014)
Scientists who study the park's wolves and moose say the wolf was a loner and had been attacked by other wolves before escaping this winter across a Lake Superior ice bridge. (03/14/2014)
As the Irish and would-be Irish prepare to celebrate St. Patrick's Day on Monday, in small towns across Minnesota and the nation, Finnish-Americans are readying for the celebration of St. Urho, which falls on Sunday. (03/14/2014)
Three years after the Legislature ordered a study on how a key pollutant affects wild rice, state officials said more questions remain about whether and how Minnesota water quality standards should change. (03/12/2014)
Minnesotans have until Thursday to comment on the environmental analysis of the proposed PolyMet mine, a huge document containing detailed plans on how the company would keep pollutants from the mine and tailings basin out of nearby lakes and rivers. That plan hinges on new technologies and engineering that PolyMet added after its last proposal was sharply criticized four years ago. (03/09/2014)
Two teenagers were taken into custody as police responded to a report of a gun on campus. One of the teenagers was carrying an Airsoft pistol, which looks like a real gun but fires plastic pellets. Campus officials have lifted an early morning shelter-in-place order. (03/06/2014)
The Calgary-based company this week proposed spending $7 billion to replace its 46-year-old Line 3 pipeline, which runs from near Edmonton to Clearbrook, Minn., on to Superior, Wis. (03/05/2014)
Rogers' attorney argued that since he doesn't possess or control the bears he studies, and since it is not illegal to feed bears in Minnesota, Rogers should not be required to obtain a DNR permit. (03/04/2014)
Mayor Don Ness laid out a plan to make Duluth equally well known for its location on Lake Superior and the St. Louis River inhis State of the City address. He envisions a renaissance on the west side of Duluth that stretches along the river to attract tourists, as well as new residents. (03/04/2014)