Dan Olson Feature Archive

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)
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)