Dan Olson Feature Archive

A Metro Transit spokesman says light-rail service has been halted in downtown Minneapolis because of a downed wire that powers the trains from overhead. (01/27/2011)
The number of juveniles behind bars in Hennepin County is down by nearly half from five years ago, the Hennepin County officials reported Thursday. (01/27/2011)
Tucked inside a new Legislative Auditor's report on transit is a recommendation that lawmakers repeal an obscure state law that bans studying commuter rail service from Northfield to Minneapolis. (01/26/2011)
In a new report, the Legislative Auditor says the governance of Twin Cities transit is complex and fragmented and reform should start by changing the membership of the Metropolitan Council. (01/21/2011)
Thursday night into Friday morning is expected to be the coldest night of the winter so far, and yet some outreach workers predict a number of homeless people will sleep outside. (01/20/2011)
Minnesota transportation officials say tolls could pay nearly half the cost of a new St. Croix River crossing near Stillwater, if one should ever be built. (01/19/2011)
Twin Cities transit ridership made a comeback last year, after a drop during the recession. (01/18/2011)
Construction crews are starting a $243 million renovation that will turn St. Paul's historic Union Depot back into a hub for trains and buses. (01/18/2011)
The mayors of Minneapolis and St. Paul said they expect proposals this legislative session to further reduce local government aid to Minnesota cities. (01/14/2011)
St. Paul police and the FBI are investigating an early morning armored car robbery. (01/14/2011)
The Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors released 2010 numbers on Thursday showing the worst sales year in eight years. (01/13/2011)
There's more money on the way to help low-income Minnesotans pay heating bills, but state officials aren't sure it will be enough to meet the need. (01/13/2011)
Minnesotans involved in the ongoing reconstruction work in Haiti praise the people there for their personal strength and resolve. Even so, they report bureaucratic red tape and corruption are slowing recovery. (01/12/2011)
Ford Motor Company says the auto sales picture is strong, but there's no change in the company's plan to close its St. Paul plant this year. (01/11/2011)
Gen. Vang Pao, a key U.S. ally during the Vietnam War, died Thursday near Fresno, Calif. He was 81. The military leader is described by admirers as a warrior chieftain of the 18 Hmong clans he helped lead. (01/06/2011)