Dan Kraker Feature Archive

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)
Conditions seem to be worst on scattered lakes in north central Minnesota. Deep snow acts like a heavy blanket, trapping a slushy, crusty layer of ice underneath. (03/01/2014)
The funding will help stabilize banks and build retaining walls along several streams that run through Duluth into Lake Superior. (02/27/2014)
About two dozen environmental groups asked the DNR to extend the comment period from 90 days to 180 days. They wanted more time to analyze the complex study and to address what they say are newly discovered gaps in the document. (02/27/2014)
It builds off a preschool Ojibwe immersion program sponsored by the University of Minnesota Duluth that has taught more than 40 students over the past three years. (02/26/2014)
The loss is a blow to an already struggling wolf population at Isle Royale, which has fallen sharply in recent years. (02/25/2014)
Lynn Rogers' work collaring research bears near Ely and placing web cams in their dens has won him legions of online fans and made him the star of several BBC documentaries. But it's also raised the ire of Minnesota's Department of Natural Resources. (02/24/2014)
The so-called "green infrastructure" grant will help the city reduce stormwater runoff from the Lake Superior Zoo parking lot and Chambers Grove Park at Duluth's far southern edge, both of which were extensively damaged by flooding in 2012. A third project will help redevelop a contaminated site near the St. Louis River that once housed a cement plant. (02/20/2014)
An MPR News investigation found the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has dealt with allegations and suspicions of child sexual abuse involving at least 70 clergy members since 1950 -- nearly double the church's official count. (02/19/2014)
The Park Service estimates about 50,000 people have visited so far -- more than come to the area most summers. The Bayfield County Tourism estimates those tourists have spent as much as $10 million. (02/18/2014)
Though their numbers show "no significant change" compared to last year, the moose population is still down dramatically from years past, the state DNR says. (02/15/2014)
Officials believe the fire started with a faulty blower motor in the building's heating system. Damage to the building is estimated at $15,000. (02/14/2014)
Five inches of quickly falling snow on Thursday caused dozens of accidents across Duluth, including a multi-car crash that closed a stretch of Interstate 35 for hours. (02/13/2014)
If passed, Duluth would become the first city in the state to back a higher wage. (02/10/2014)
While a gopher diet pill is a long way away, UMD scientists have identified thousands of genes in the fat of these creatures that could someday lead to drugs that help burn fat in humans. (02/10/2014)