Dan Olson Feature Archive

Nou Yang escaped with her family from communist-controlled Laos some 30 years ago. They are part of Minnesota's estimated 52,000 Hmong residents. Poverty is still an issue, but rates are down and life for many is improving. (11/30/2010)
The Roseville City Council has unanimously voted down a proposed asphalt plant opposed by nearby residents. (11/30/2010)
A proposed high-speed rail link between Milwaukee and the Twin Cities is the topic of two public meetings, with the first one scheduled for today in St. Paul. (11/29/2010)
Minneapolis police are reacting strongly to an accusation that a man may have been shot before he fell to his death as he was fleeing from officers. (11/23/2010)
Anticipation is building among Twin Cities bicycling enthusiasts over a long awaited new trail link, but Minneapolis officials now say they're unlikely to meet their goal of having the new Cedar Lake trail through downtown Minneapolis open for use this year. (11/19/2010)
The Central Corridor light rail project won a large grant Wednesday from a local funding partner. The Counties Transit Improvement Board, or CTIB, approved more than $106 million for the Central Corridor line. (11/17/2010)
A plan by some Republicans in Congress to ban so-called earmarks could imperil projects such as the Central Corridor light rail line between Minneapolis and St. Paul. (11/16/2010)
A $45 million earmark for the Central Corridor light rail line between St. Paul and Minneapolis has won committee approval and awaits action by the full House. (11/15/2010)
Open enrollment begins Monday for the 735,000 Minnesotans on Medicare, the nation's health insurance program for Americans 65 and older. There are a couple of important changes to the program that they'll have to take into account this year. (11/15/2010)
The Metropolitan Council approved a plan Wednesday to cut back on transportation projects in the Twin Cities metro area over the next two decades. Lack of money is the main reason for the change. (11/10/2010)
Cycling advocates will hand out a limited number of free front and rear bicycle lights Tuesday evening in the Twin Cities. (11/09/2010)
The Minneapolis City Council on Friday approved bond sales totaling $80 million to rehabilitate the more than 1,300 apartments in Riverside Plaza in the city's West Bank neighborhood. (11/05/2010)
They want it repealed or at least changed -- and they've singled out a tiny provision which addresses a very big issue: how we will pay for our care when we get old. (11/05/2010)
After 36 years in Congress, Rep. Jim Oberstar's defeat means the loss of a lot of clout for Minnesota transportation projects on Capitol Hill. (11/04/2010)
The candidates for Minnesota governor appear to agree on major transportation issues: They all oppose a gas tax increase, they favor more borrowing and they support bus transit. But dig a little deeper and the three diverge on the details of all those issues. (10/29/2010)