Dan Olson Feature Archive

The Federal Transit Administration told Twin Cities transportation officials Wednesday that the FTA has approved federal funding for the Central Corridor light rail project. (04/20/2011)
The long-awaited full funding grant agreement is expected, but not in hand. It will virtually ensure that the state's largest public works project will be built. (04/20/2011)
A Metro Transit spokesman said ridership on Metro Transit buses and trains for the first quarter of 2011 is up 2 percent over the same period last year. (04/14/2011)
Anita and Stephen Soledolu are accused of bilking the state of Minnesota out of $864,878.35. It's the latest move in an expanded effort by state and federal officials to try to get back some of the billions in fraudulent payments. (04/12/2011)
The Minnesota Department of Transportation on Wednesday announced its road construction projects for 2011, totaling nearly $900 million. (04/06/2011)
Juvenile crime in Hennepin County has dropped by more than 40 percent in the past five years. One of the reasons is the presence of community coaches -- people hired by the county to steer young people away from crime. (04/05/2011)
The state auditor reported that 204 of the state's 242 municipal on- and off-sale liquor stores made money. (03/31/2011)
Thousands of Minnesota nursing home residents are given powerful mood-altering drugs called antipsychotics to treat dementia. A new program seeks another way. (03/31/2011)
State officials on Thursday opened the emergency operations center in St. Paul which will collect and dispense flood information for the entire state. (03/24/2011)
The leak began at about 11 a.m. at the University and Snelling avenues intersection in St. Paul when construction crews ruptured a 12-inch gas main. (03/24/2011)
The late winter snowstorm that swept through Minnesota is nearly over, and temperatures are going to stay at or below freezing for the next few days. Hydrologists say the colder temps will likely delay some of the flooding expected on Minnesota rivers and streams. (03/23/2011)
Minnesota Department of Health epidemiologist Dr. Ruth Lynfield said the outbreak of measles in Minnesota in the past month exceeds the number from the last five years combined. (03/22/2011)
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)