Dan Olson Feature Archive

Lead-based paint is thought to be present in tens of thousands of homes dating to the 1940s, mostly in Minneapolis, but also in St. Paul and Ramsey County. (09/26/2011)
Minnesota's minority home ownership rate has declined again. New Census numbers show the drop off is a prolonged trend of four years. (09/23/2011)
A contingency fund and surplus when contractor bids came in lower than expected will allow the Central Corridor project to purchase more rail cars and address the problem of storm water runoff. (09/21/2011)
The project meets a construction deadline releasing $155 million in contingency funds that will be used for purchasing more rail cars, covering surprise expenses, and funding a marketing campaign aimed at boosting business along University Avenue. (09/21/2011)
State officials say they have revoked the real estate licenses of people involved in an alleged scheme to profit from inflating prices of property. (09/20/2011)
Experts delivered bleak statistics on minority unemployment based on findings that the rate of unemployed African Americans in Minneapolis is three-times that of whites, the highest disparity in the country. (09/15/2011)
A study finds the unemployment rate four times greater for African Americans than for Whites in the Twin Cities — the widest disparity in the country. (09/14/2011)
Members of the Minneapolis police pension fund voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to merge with a state pension fund, in a move that will save city taxpayers millions of dollars a year. (09/13/2011)
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak's proposed 2012 budget does not include a property tax increase. (09/12/2011)
The return of passenger rail service from the Twin Cities to Duluth is a step closer to reality Friday after Federal transportation officials announced $5 million for the Northern Lights project. (09/09/2011)
State officials say the recent conviction of Anita Soledolu on Medicaid fraud charges sends a message to others stealing public assistance dollars. But others say the health care fraud perpetrated by mom-and-pop-sized operations is small compared to the misdeeds of big companies. (09/06/2011)
Residents in Brooklyn Center rent-subsidized apartment building left in limbo after foreclosure. (08/30/2011)
The Central Corridor project has recovered from early season construction delays caused by wet weather. (08/29/2011)
MnDOT officials say the bridge is safe for the 17,900 vehicles that cross it daily, but they have imposed additional weight restrictions and are making temporary repairs on the span. (08/29/2011)
Twelve people have pleaded guilty to drug trafficking and selling methamphetamine in Minnesota. (08/23/2011)