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

Driving between the elms
Today, the Jaus farm is a destination for people who want to learn more about organic farming techniques that create healthy soil to nourish crops and ward off pests without synthetic chemicals. (07/14/2014)
Encouraging students
Lorna Her Many Horses grew up on South Dakota's Rosebud Indian Reservation, but she didn't master the language of her ancestors until she came to Minneapolis. She now teaches the Dakota language, of which Lakota is a dialect, in the Minneapolis public schools. She's also been working to translate "The Star Spangled Banner" to honor her family members who are veterans. (07/01/2014)
Sphinx moth caterpillar
Even city dwellers can create a welcoming habitat for butterflies, bees and songbirds. (06/23/2014)
Norwegian glee club singers from around the Upper Midwest will perform at the Ted Mann Concert Hall in Minneapolis Saturday night. There'll be an orchestra, soloists and a mass chorus of more than 200 male voices. (06/13/2014)
In their 10th-grade poetry class, students at Central High School in St. Paul wrote poems about nature, dreams, nightmares and survival. But the words didn't come easily. (06/06/2014)
Jay Bell, a soil science professor at the U, wants you to know that soil isn't just dirt. (05/21/2014)
Just after noon the truck violated a red turn arrow from University Avenue and turned into the path of a west-bound test train, said Metro Transit spokesman John Siqveland. (05/11/2014)
Hassen Hussein, Oromo Community of Minnesota executive director, wants the United States to help calm the situation. (05/10/2014)
An estimated 500,000 people will be on the state's lakes Saturday for the walleye and northern pike opener, according to Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officials. (05/10/2014)
Sex education is part of the curriculum in every Minnesota high school. But 32 Hennepin County schools are expanding on the effort through the outreach program, known as TOP, which includes frank discussions on the biology of reproduction and also on healthy relationships. (05/07/2014)
At 79, Tom Warth remains an enthusiastic fundraiser, enlisting people from corporate boardrooms to elementary school classrooms. On Friday, he'll start a weekend fundraising walk from Taylors Falls, Minn., to the state Capitol. (04/24/2014)
A young couple with two small kids and an old dog buy a vintage vinyl record shop in the worst economy in decades, in a languishing part of Minneapolis, in an era when many teens wouldn't recognize an LP if you spun it at them. It sounds like a great, sad country song in the making, except this story turns out pretty well. (04/18/2014)
It's a battle fought in every Minnesota city and town during the spring. And the terms of engagement haven't changed much over the decades. Without enough money to rebuild the roads, it's patch and hope and patch again. (04/16/2014)
For Fiona Quick, the key to gardening is to give the soil a gentle tickle at most, all a part of nurturing the biology below the surface. Quick is a board member of Gardening Matters, a Twin Cities-based non-profit that advocates for community gardening and arranges seed and seedling exchanges. (04/02/2014)
The five members of Orkestar Bez Ime, Croatian for "orchestra without a name," have a wide range of musical pedigrees. But they focus their energy on folk music from the Balkans and the Romani culture. (03/28/2014)