Dan Olson Feature Archive

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)
Xcel Energy says it wants to complete the conversion of one of its Minnesota power plants from coal to natural gas. (08/23/2011)
A new survey reveals that a significant proportion of crime in Minnesota goes unreported. Crime is reportedly down, but the results make it clear that the police record is incomplete. (08/22/2011)
State names inspector general to detect fraud and recover money improperly spent on human services. (08/18/2011)
New, temporary weight restrictions go into effect Thursday for heavy trucks using the Stillwater lift bridge across the St. Croix River. (08/17/2011)
The state government shutdown and high water levels will delay completion of the Hastings and Lafayette bridges. (08/16/2011)
The Boy Scouts successfully navigated the bureaucratic thicket that manages the historic Upper Post, opening their new North Star Council Base Camp in October. (08/10/2011)