Dan Olson Feature Archive

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)
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)