Dan Kraker is a reporter for Minnesota Public Radio.
Latest Stories (16)
In an ever-brighter world, tourists travel north for truly dark skies
Jan 2, 2023
As light pollution affects more of the globe, astrotourism is taking off in remote spots where skies are dark and stars shine bright.
A Minnesota company says its ecological logging approach is good for the forest — and the bottom line
Dec 26, 2022
With an approach that harvests trees selectively, instead of clearcutting, profits are deferred.
Farm tourism puts vacationers to work — and they love it
Sep 5, 2022
On a Minnesota egg farm, visitors embrace a more intimate agritourism experience — in which they sleep and even work on the farm.
Medical respite provides a place for unhoused people to land after a hospital stay
Mar 30, 2022
A growing number of new facilities around the country are designed to give people experiencing homelessness a place to recover after they’ve been discharged from the hospital.
How much is climate a factor in where people are moving?
Jan 28, 2022
Duluth, Minnesota, is welcoming people who say they are moving away from places like California because of climate concerns.
Small towns offer cash to lure telecommuters
Nov 25, 2021
Bemidji, Minnesota, population about 15,000, is offering people $2,500 to relocate to the Northwoods and bring their remote jobs with them.
As mountain biking booms, so does demand for trail builders
Oct 7, 2021
High-quality trails take expertise and meticulous work. Professionally built trails can cost up to $70,000 a mile.
New wood products plant in Minnesota will create jobs, could help climate
Aug 9, 2021
The facility would have ancillary benefits for loggers and truckers, and its building materials would keep carbon locked up, expert says.
As precious metals prices soar, so do catalytic converter thefts
Mar 22, 2021
There's something more valuable than gold attached to the bottom of your car — and it's sparking a crime wave across the country.
Spruce top thieves illegally cutting a northwoods cash crop
Dec 23, 2020
So far this season conservation officers have seized well over 15,000 spruce tops illegally harvested in Minnesota.