Dan Olson Feature Archive

The state's largest public works project ever has been a huge payday for thousands of workers, but some of the businesses along the line report sharp revenue losses as construction blocks access to them. (05/13/2011)
Mayors and superintendents from Minneapolis, St. Paul and Duluth say the bill would cut literacy programs for children. (05/12/2011)
New census data released Thursday show Minnesota's population of seniors is rapidly growing. (05/12/2011)
The proposed Northern Lights Express line would run from Duluth to downtown Minneapolis. The 155-mile passenger rail service could cost as much as $990 million to build. (05/09/2011)
The Dalai Lama is making his first official visit to the Twin Cities since 2001, when he spoke at the University of Minnesota as part of the Carlson Lecture Series. (05/06/2011)
The union, which has 2,200 members, realized that funding for transit is likely to be cut at the Legislature. (05/04/2011)
The Grain Belt brewery closed in the 1970s, and the property deteriorated. In 1989, the city of Minneapolis stepped in to save it from demolition. (05/03/2011)
A worker with a family needs a full-time job paying more than $15 an hour to afford the average two-bedroom apartment,but the typical renter in Minnesota earns just over $11 an hour. (05/02/2011)
The Nokomis library in south Minneapolis reopens Saturday, after closing for two years of renovations and expansion. (04/29/2011)
Homeowners working with their lenders to avoid foreclosure face a lot of red tape, but a new service offered by the Minnesota Home Ownership Center may make the process easier for some. (04/27/2011)
Metropolitan Council officials signed an agreement Tuesday that commits federal dollars to the Central Corridor light rail project. (04/26/2011)
The locks on the Mississippi River through the Twin Cities have been opened to all navigation traffic. (04/25/2011)
A former librarian has given the Hennepin County Library a $646,000 gift. The bequest is from the estate of Lillian Wallis. (04/25/2011)
Bowell started the Padelford Packet Boat Company, a St. Paul-based river cruise business that carried thousands of people on trips up and down the Mississippi. (04/21/2011)
Minneapolis police say a bicyclist was killed in Dinkytown this morning and are urging caution following that and three other accidents involving bicyclists or pedestrians within the last week. (04/21/2011)