Dan Olson Feature Archive

Reidar Dittmann, a retired professor at St. Olaf College in Northfield who was a prisoner at a German concentration camp during World War II, is being remembered by friends as a man committed to helping people marginalized by society. Dittmann died recently at the age of 88. (01/05/2011)
Gov. Mark Dayton is wasting little time in reshaping the Metropolitan Council. His administration is inviting anyone interested in serving on the 17-member Met Council to apply. (01/03/2011)
A new report from St. Paul-based Wilder Research finds the number of homeless veterans -- both men and women -- in Minnesota has reached an all-time high. (01/03/2011)
On Wednesday Gov.-elect Mark Dayton appointed Susan Haigh to replace Peter Bell as chair of the Metropolitan Council. Bell is the Met Council's longest serving chair, and the Republican appointee has overseen the completion of several major transit projects. (12/30/2010)
Gov.-elect Mark Dayton filled another cabinet post Wednesday with his selection of Susan Haigh as Metropolitan Council chair. (12/29/2010)
Federal officials are expanding anti-fraud efforts as they work to stem the flow of billions of dollars in fraudulent payments out of Medicare every year. (12/29/2010)
Homelessness has shot up during the recession and its aftermath. The federal government estimates that the number of homeless families has increased by a 30 percent over the past three years. (12/22/2010)
A brief history of the deflating dome. (12/20/2010)
Minneapolis city officials are asking the public to help clear snow at intersections. Minneapolis public works spokesman Mike Kennedy says the city's snow removal budget for this year is spent. (12/17/2010)
A group of St. Louis Park residents worries there will be more noise and safety problems if freight rail traffic is routed near them. (12/16/2010)
Hennepin County has cut its budget for the second year in a row. The county board approved its 2011 budget of $1.6 billion at its Tuesday meeting. That's about 5 percent less than the 2010 budget. (12/14/2010)
St. Paul business owners along University Avenue are worried light rail construction means revenue losses that may force them to close. (12/14/2010)
A new survey finds families using child care in Minnesota face the same problems as six years ago: they're having trouble finding quality day care they can afford. (12/09/2010)
Starting January 1, the Twin Cities-based Animal Humane Society will require people who want to turn in pets to make an appointment and go through a counseling process before they can surrender the animals. It's an attempt to reduce the number of animals that need to be euthanized. (12/08/2010)
The prospect of federal budget cuts could reduce the number of people in Minnesota who get foreclosure counseling. (12/01/2010)