Dan Olson Feature Archive

The war on potholes in Minnesota includes a search for ways to prevent them. Road experts say they're making progress on that front, but many of the ideas are expensive; in the meantime, the worst of the pothole season is still to come. (03/14/2011)
Minnesota education officials are taking steps that will likely lead to the closing of BlueSky, an online charter school based in West St. Paul. (03/07/2011)
A growing number of people living along the Central Corridor light rail line between St. Paul and Minneapolis are already dealing with high housing costs, according to a new study released by a coalition of community groups. (03/04/2011)
The bill would reverse last year's decision by the National Park Service that the project doesn't meet wild and scenic river rules and regulations. (03/01/2011)
Bicyclists will pedal to the capitol in St. Paul on Monday for what organizers are calling the Inaugural Bike Summit on Capitol Hill, an event intended to educate state leaders about the benefits of cycling for people, communities and the environment. (02/28/2011)
Starting Saturday, crews will begin preparing the Washington Avenue bridge in Minneapolis for the Central Corridor light rail project. (02/25/2011)
Stephen and Anita Soledolu, the owners of a company called Sole Provider Nursing Services, are charged with fraudulently billing Medicaid for nearly $1 million in claims. (02/24/2011)
A St. Paul man is a suspect in a large copper theft from a vacant factory in the Lowertown area of St. Paul. (02/23/2011)
Gov. Mark Dayton's proposed budget retains more than $20 million to end homelessness in Minnesota. At the same time, Dayton proposes a $5 million cut in support services for homeless people. (02/22/2011)
Officials are still not revealing much about what prompted the FBI and IRS to search the West Side offices of St. Paul businessman Jerry Trooien's JLT Group Inc Thursday. (02/18/2011)
Minnesota's private sector employers say they had nearly one-third more job openings late last year than the year before. (02/17/2011)
The former Abbott Northwestern nurse who is alleged to have taken a painkiller intended for a patient was not at her Hennepin County court appearance Tuesday morning. (02/15/2011)
Ridership on the Northstar commuter rail line went up last month. That's welcome news for the service, which runs passenger trains daily between Big Lake and Minneapolis, because ridership last year was 20 percent below projections. (02/14/2011)
The Metropolitan Council's goal is that women and minority subcontractors win 15 percent of the Central Corridor work. That's nearly double the goal set by the federal government for public works projects. (02/09/2011)
MnDOT has repeatedly failed over the past decade to meet its goals for hiring women and minorities. But after two years of negotiations with critics and others to change the patter, the department, has a new hiring plan. (02/04/2011)