Dan Olson Feature Archive

As far as Minnesota protest movements go, the Occupy movement is nothing new, writer and historian Rhoda Gilman at the Minnesota Historical Society says in her new book, "Stand Up! The Story of Minnesota's Protest Tradition." (02/23/2012)
The Flamingo Bingo charitable bingo operation in Rochester last year returned $90,000 to its operator, the Rochester Senior Center Foundation. (02/16/2012)
The rhythmic pounding of a 4,000-year-old Japanese drumming tradition will pulse through Minnesota in the coming weeks as the St. Paul-based Mu Daiko drumming ensemble embarks on its 15th anniversary tour. (02/10/2012)
With the unseasonably warm weather this February across Minnesota, the sound of skate blades on ice feels increasingly endangered. But not at the Guidant John Rose Minnesota skating oval in Roseville. (02/03/2012)
The University of Minnesota's Visible Heart lab is the only place in the world where researchers can study beating hearts outside the body. (01/27/2012)
Meet 16-year-old Rose Hollermann of rural Elysian, the youngest woman ever to have been picked to represent the United States in wheelchair basketball at the paralympics. (01/12/2012)
"The end of our disease is death or recovery," the Rev. Jo Campe says of the addiction to alcohol that prompted him to contemplate suicide nearly 17 years ago. "There aren't any other options." (12/28/2011)
Handbell choir performances around our region reach a peak during the holidays. Minnesota Sounds and Voices reporter Dan Olson recently spoke with Betty Fletcher Mast, a matriarch of the Minnesota handbell scene. (12/20/2011)
As they do with the coming of winter every year, thousands upon thousands of crows -- maybe even millions -- have started to swarm, caw and roost each night in downtown Minneapolis. (12/07/2011)
Over the past four years more than a hundred north Minneapolis Hmong residents have benefited from the homework help program. (12/02/2011)
Every week, Bea Hasselmann walks past the razor wire-topped security fence and into the state's oldest juvenile detention facility to show young men how music can affect the soul. (11/25/2011)
The number of native speakers of the Dakota language is dwindling, but one teacher is keeping it alive to preserve a culture and a way of life. (11/16/2011)
Seminary Fen, on the edge of the Twin Cities with its prairie sedge, swamp thistle, goldenrod and marsh marigolds, has had its share of threats. (11/02/2011)
Long-time Minnesota civil rights activist Kwame McDonald organized community athletic opportunities for young people and was a pioneer in covering women's sports. He died Wednesday at age 80. (10/27/2011)
The leaves that paint the landscape burnt orange and bright red can just as easily forge ties to the land and other Minnesotans. (10/26/2011)