Dan Kraker Feature Archive

The vacant houses, spread throughout the city, near downtown and in eastern and western neighborhoods, have been holding back the community for years by reducing property values, officials said. (12/23/2013)
The last ocean-bound ship to leave the Duluth - Superior harbor for the season departs this afternoon. (12/19/2013)
The wolf hunting and trapping season will close today in northeastern Minnesota. (12/18/2013)
Representatives of 59 Midwestern groups asked the Environmental Protection Agency today to consider the cumulative effects of mining across the Lake Superior basin, including from the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine. (12/16/2013)
A coalition of national labor and environmental groups released a report today calling for significant additional spending on roads, sewers, water lines and other public projects in Minnesota. (12/11/2013)
Attorneys suing the Diocese of Duluth are pressing for the release of a list of 17 priests accused of sexually abusing minors. (12/09/2013)
A proposed copper-nickel mining operation in northeast Minnesota would need long-term water treatment to ensure potentially toxic rock won't pollute area waterways, according to an environmental review released Friday. (12/05/2013)
The battle over copper-nickel mining has its roots in a 1948 discovery by Fred Childers, of Ely. He discovered mineralized rock while blasting to build a Forest Service road. (12/05/2013)
Northeast Minnesota is digging out from over two feet of snow that's fallen in some places since this major winter storm began on Monday. That's wreaked havoc on the roads -- but it's also transformed the region into a winter playground. (12/04/2013)
A study on how an open pit copper-nickel mine could change the landscape just north of the town of Hoyt Lakes will be released in a 1,800-page environmental impact statement available on Dec. 6. This map shows the locations of proposed sites for the PolyMet and Twin Metals copper-nickel mines northern Minnesota. (12/02/2013)
This Friday the public will get its first peek at a long anticipated environmental study of one of the state's most controversial development projects in years: copper and nickel mining in northeastern Minnesota. (12/02/2013)
A detailed look at copper-nickel mining proposals in northeastern Minnesota. (12/02/2013)
Minnesota needs to know more about the potential effects of copper-nickel mining in the state, State Auditor Rebecca Otto said Tuesday, to a group of about 75 people in Ely. (11/26/2013)
The Minnesota Department of Transportation has closed a busy stretch of Interstate 35 in Duluth for the next three to four weeks, after inspectors found corrosion in pilings that help support a bridge. (11/22/2013)
A southbound stretch of Interstate 35 through Duluth will be closed three to four weeks to repair a bridge after corrosion was found in the piling supporting one of the bridge's 38 piers. (11/21/2013)