Dan Kraker Feature Archive

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)
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)