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Dan Kraker


Duluth, MN, United States

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Recent articles by Dan:

Duluth mural project connects city to its Ojibwe history

Recently a group of young people from the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa in northern Wisconsin traveled to Duluth to contribute to the mural honoring their ancestors. → Read More

‘We’ll fight through it together’: Locals endure emotional grind of living beside flooding Rainy Lake

Earlier this month the flooding broke the lake's all-time record set in 1950, and it's only come down a few inches since. → Read More

Wet conditions bring onslaught of mosquitoes, biting flies across Minnesota

After a relative reprieve from mosquitoes and biting flies due to drought conditions last summer, Minnesotans are facing an onslaught of those pesky insects this year. → Read More

MacKenzie Scott makes 'transformative' donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters Twin Cities

Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott’s $6 million donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters Twin Cities is slightly larger than the Twin Cities nonprofit’s annual budget. → Read More

77 years after his death in WWII, a Minnesota soldier to be buried in Washington

“Yankee Gal” was one of 21 bombers lost during the mission. German forces recovered Nando Cavalieri's body and ID tags and buried him in Doberitz, Germany, a small town outside Berlin, about four days later. → Read More

Anglers can keep one walleye for part of the upcoming Mille Lacs fishing season

Anglers will be allowed to keep one walleye during parts of the upcoming fishing season on Mille Lacs Lake. The Minnesota DNR has strictly regulated walleye harvest on the popular lake for the past several years to try to boost the fish’s population. → Read More

State Rep. Jennifer Schultz announces bid for Congress in Minnesota's 8th district

State Rep. Jennifer Schultz is seeking the DFL nomination in the race for Congress in the state’s 8th District. The Duluth lawmaker said she’s a better choice for the vast district in northeastern Minnesota than Republican incumbent Pete Stauber. → Read More

Biden touts new money for bridge, road repair in Superior speech

One day after delivering his first State of the Union address, President Joe Biden traveled to the Twin Ports Wednesday to talk about the expected impact of his $1.2 trillion infrastructure spending package on Minnesota, Wisconsin and the nation. → Read More

Ancient cooking vessel found in Boundary Waters dates back more than 1,600 years

Broken pieces were discovered on a dig in 2003. → Read More

Ancient cooking vessel found in Boundary Waters dates back more than 1,600 years

The findings indicate the long history of Native Americans using the site in the border lakes region during the summer months, for fishing and processing of wild rice. → Read More

Rising health needs drives new Minnesota effort to draw Native students to medical school

Last year, nearly 21,000 students graduated from medical schools in the United States. Only 160 of those new doctors — fewer than 1% — were Native American. → Read More

Cities across Minnesota declare climate emergencies, demand action

From Moorhead to St. Louis Park, cities around the state are working with the Minnesota Cities Climate Caucus to draw local attention to the climate crisis, calling on state and federal governments for legislative and financial support. → Read More

Biden administration cancels Twin Metals' leases to mine near BWCA

The action deals a potentially fatal blow to the company’s bid to build an underground mine on the doorstep of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. → Read More

Video captures enormous bear in northern Minnesota

Researchers in northern Minnesota captured a video of an enormous black bear this fall, weighing an estimated 700 pounds. Ironically, bears in the state tend to grow bigger in years with poor supplies of natural food. → Read More

Cross-country skiers grapple with how to rid their sport of 'forever chemicals'

The so-called “forever chemicals” are used in a huge variety of products, from nonstick cookware to fire-suppressing foam, carpet and water-resistant clothing. For decades they’ve also been used to make ultra-fast, fluorinated ski wax, prized by cross-country ski racers. → Read More

Superior National Forest hires first full-time tribal liaison

Juan Martinez coordinates communication between the national forest and the three Ojibwe bands in northeastern Minnesota — the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa, the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, and the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. → Read More

Superior National Forest hires first full-time tribal liaison

The Superior National Forest has hired its first full-time tribal liaison. Juan Martinez will help the Forest Service consult with area Ojibwe bands on projects that impact them within the forest boundaries. → Read More

Minnesotans return from climate summit energized despite its shortcomings

More than 60 Minnesotans have returned home after spending up to two weeks in Scotland at the United Nations climate change summit known as COP26. The delegates say they're energized from the experience, but that a lot more work needs to be done to prevent the worst impacts of climate change. → Read More

Bemidji touts quality of life — and a little cash — to recruit new residents

Bemidji is offering people $2,500 to relocate to the North Woods and bring their remote job with them. So far, more than 20 telecommuters have taken the city up on it, from the Twin Cities to as far away as Oregon and Arizona. → Read More

For first time, MnDOT puts up signs recognizing treaty boundaries

The Minnesota Department of Transportation installed the first sign on Nov. 1 on southbound Highway 61, just south of the Canadian border and near the entrance to Grand Portage State Park. → Read More