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

Odd Lovoll
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)
Tom and Mark Keljik
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)
Celebrating voices
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)
Robert Hickman, a community activist who helped found the Inner City Youth League, died Jan. 28. Friends remembered his contributions to the league, a beacon of hope to young black people. (02/05/2015)
David Kortier has been making early Irish harps in Duluth for more than 20 years, one of only a handful of people in the world to preserve the craft. (01/29/2015)
After four decades of making his Schneider Drug store a welcoming place, owner Tom Sengupta is retiring. In his honor, Minneapolis has declared today Tom Sengupta Day. (01/16/2015)
She's only a freshman, but Hamline economics major Linda Umwali has already set a goal. She wants to become Rwanda's finance minister. (01/13/2015)
Whether with the student drum line or in the halls between classes, Jamal Abdur-Salaam expects a lot from the students at John A. Johnson Elementary in St. Paul. (01/06/2015)
Danes in Minnesota are importing "hygge," the perfect antidote to holiday stress. (12/23/2014)
Steel drum music has spread across the globe from Trinidad to the University of Minnesota, where a teacher and her students are bringing the Caribbean sound to the frozen north. (12/18/2014)
Scholars in Iraq and at St. John's University in Collegeville are working together to save documents, many of them Christian in origin, that define Middle Eastern culture. (12/05/2014)