Dan Olson

Dan Olson

Reporter
Minnesota Public Radio
dolson@mpr.org

Dan Olson reports and produces Minnesota Sounds and Voices for MPR News. He has been a reporter at Minnesota Public Radio since 1974. He's covered agriculture, education, the city of Minneapolis and metropolitan government during that time. He's also been a substitute and permanent host of several of Minnesota Public Radio's news programs over the years. Dan's Bachelor of Science degree is in agricultural journalism from the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication in 1975 with a minor in agricultural economics.

Dan Olson Feature Archive

Scientists used canoes braced together.
Scientist Dan Engstrom says the sediment on lake bottoms can show how — or even if — certain farming practices affect water quality. (06/11/2015)
Staff meeting
Salvador Miranda views the new crop of Minnesota activists, many in their twenties, as the "future of democracy." He knows how hard it can be to get your voice heard. (06/04/2015)
After being displaced by the fire, worshipers found temporary spaces throughout the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood to carry on the mosque's activities. (05/30/2015)
The museum's collection includes more than 1,000 pieces of art from realists, impressionists and modernists. It also showcases works by local and regional artists. (05/26/2015)
White Earth band member Clyde Bellecourt said American Indian people are treated differently. "We're the only people in America that they still make fun of," he said. (05/19/2015)
John Fraser Hart is retiring after 48 years teaching geography at the University of Minnesota. But the small town expert isn't done yet. (05/12/2015)
Hundreds of Twin Cities students left school Friday to protest the prosecution of activists arrested at the Mall of America and the killings of black people by police. (05/01/2015)
Many of Leo Smith's wood sculptures reflect the objects he has encountered during a lifetime of exploring the Mississippi River near his Winona-area home. (04/29/2015)
The Nazis took control of Norway 75 years ago today. Memories of the invasion and life under occupation are still fresh to Odd Lovoll. (04/08/2015)
April marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide. As many as 1.5 million perished at the hands of Turkish forces. The remembrance is personal for Minnesota's Keljik family. (04/02/2015)
At Struthers Parkinson's Center in Golden Valley, music therapist Sandi Holten combines exercise and song to ease the symptoms of Parkinson's patients. (03/26/2015)
Linda Walther was a nurse for decades before she found the specialty that gives her passion. (03/18/2015)
Barbara Holmes, president of United Theological Seminary in New Brighton, marched into Montgomery, Ala., in 1965 with Martin Luther King Jr. The country has changed, she said, but racism persists. (03/05/2015)
On land that once held the St. John's Abbey hog farm, Kevin Doyle runs the state's largest mushroom growing enterprise. We get the tour, and a story. (02/24/2015)
Conversation is a central aim of nurses and volunteers at the Augsburg College Central Health Commons in downtown Minneapolis. (02/17/2015)