Dan Olson Feature Archive

Researchers are examining recently felled ash trees in St. Paul to learn more about the emerald ash borer infestation. (09/29/2011)
A new bike center opens Thursday for University of Minnesota students on the Minneapolis east bank campus. (09/29/2011)
Minnesota transportation officials say there is no deadline for finalizing funding plans for a new St. Croix bridge near Stillwater. (09/28/2011)
Central Corridor light rail officials say the project's two prime contractors are meeting goals for hiring women and minorities as part of the workforce. (09/27/2011)
Minnesota Department of Agriculture entomologist Mark Abrahamson said the ash trees near the intersection of Dale and Kent in St. Paul may have been infected by emerald ash borers spreading from a nearby neighborhood. (09/27/2011)
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)