Bob Kelleher

Bob Kelleher

Reporter
Minnesota Public Radio
bkelleher@mpr.org

Bob Kelleher joined MPR's Duluth News staff in 1990, after three years with a Duluth commercial radio station, and several years on broadcast stations in Iowa. Kelleher was appointed head of the Duluth News Bureau in 1994. He covers regional business and environmental issues including iron mining, forestry, and news from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Bob Kelleher Feature Archive

A Cirrus plane
Rep. Chip Cravaack raised concerns about jobs and sensitive technology over the sale of Cirrus to a Chinese company. But analysts say China already has access to Cirrus' technology and that it wouldn't make financial sense for the company leave the U.S. -- for now anyway. (03/29/2011)
Lake Superior waves
People braved the winter-like weather near Duluth's Canal Park museum Wednesday to see the giant waves and spray generated by winds that have been gusting up to 50 mph from a storm sweeping through the Minnesota. (03/23/2011)
Jim Essig, Bill Miller
The state Department of Natural Resources has not determined a cause for a blaze in the main shaft of the Soudan Underground Mine State Park in northeastern Minnesota. (03/21/2011)
A fire burning deep inside the Soudan Underground Mine State Park in northern Minnesota on Friday threatened a $50-million physics laboratory operated by the University of Minnesota, and a site that allows visitors to travel more than 2,300 feet into the earth. (03/18/2011)
A trust fund for Minnesota schools will likely balloon if the state approves nickel-copper mining on the Iron Range. But critics say the fund isn't generating as much money as it should. (03/16/2011)
Iron Range mining companies hold mineral rights to the iron under Highway 53 near Eveleth and Virginia, and they've sent notice they intend to mine it. (03/16/2011)
Wisconsin lawmakers have given final approval to a proposal by Gov. Scott Walker to strip nearly all collective bargaining rights from public workers. Walker said he will sign the legislation as soon as possible. Wisconsin residents are reacting taco the fast-paced political action in Madison. We visited several border communities Thursday to sample opinion. (03/10/2011)
A 2009 loan to a mining exploration company has turned a profit for the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board. (03/09/2011)
A new International Joint Commission water report warns about ongoing chemical pollution and new algae blooms problems in the Great Lakes. (03/09/2011)
Conservation groups say they've reached an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency that will lead to new restrictions on invasive plants and animals in the ballast water of ships traveling the Great Lakes. (03/08/2011)
Rep. Chip Cravaack of Minnesota's 8th Disctric held a closed-door roundtable discussion on the PolyMet mining project Friday with dozens of parties involved in the project, but few opponents. (03/04/2011)
Students and Duluth community leaders are criticizing newly elected GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack for a vote that could lead to severe cuts to a financial aid program. (03/03/2011)
MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Duluth-based reporter Bob Kelleher about the latest on the Cirrus sale, updates on the PolyMet mining project, highways on the move in the Iron Range, and other news from his part of the state. (03/02/2011)
A brief company timeline of the Cirrus Aircraft Corporation. (02/28/2011)
Duluth-based plane maker Cirrus Aircraft has agreed to be acquired by a Chinese company, China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Co., Ltd. (02/28/2011)