Dan Olson Feature Archive

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)
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)