Dan Olson Feature Archive

In their 10th-grade poetry class, students at Central High School in St. Paul wrote poems about nature, dreams, nightmares and survival. But the words didn't come easily. (06/06/2014)
Jay Bell, a soil science professor at the U, wants you to know that soil isn't just dirt. (05/21/2014)
Just after noon the truck violated a red turn arrow from University Avenue and turned into the path of a west-bound test train, said Metro Transit spokesman John Siqveland. (05/11/2014)
Hassen Hussein, Oromo Community of Minnesota executive director, wants the United States to help calm the situation. (05/10/2014)
An estimated 500,000 people will be on the state's lakes Saturday for the walleye and northern pike opener, according to Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officials. (05/10/2014)
Sex education is part of the curriculum in every Minnesota high school. But 32 Hennepin County schools are expanding on the effort through the outreach program, known as TOP, which includes frank discussions on the biology of reproduction and also on healthy relationships. (05/07/2014)
At 79, Tom Warth remains an enthusiastic fundraiser, enlisting people from corporate boardrooms to elementary school classrooms. On Friday, he'll start a weekend fundraising walk from Taylors Falls, Minn., to the state Capitol. (04/24/2014)
A young couple with two small kids and an old dog buy a vintage vinyl record shop in the worst economy in decades, in a languishing part of Minneapolis, in an era when many teens wouldn't recognize an LP if you spun it at them. It sounds like a great, sad country song in the making, except this story turns out pretty well. (04/18/2014)
It's a battle fought in every Minnesota city and town during the spring. And the terms of engagement haven't changed much over the decades. Without enough money to rebuild the roads, it's patch and hope and patch again. (04/16/2014)
For Fiona Quick, the key to gardening is to give the soil a gentle tickle at most, all a part of nurturing the biology below the surface. Quick is a board member of Gardening Matters, a Twin Cities-based non-profit that advocates for community gardening and arranges seed and seedling exchanges. (04/02/2014)
The five members of Orkestar Bez Ime, Croatian for "orchestra without a name," have a wide range of musical pedigrees. But they focus their energy on folk music from the Balkans and the Romani culture. (03/28/2014)
For those tired of a frozen Minnesota winter and pining for spring, Bemidji-area artist Marley Kaul's work satisfies the seasonal need with color -- red, yellow and orange. In the woods near Bemidji, Kaul, 74, paints scenes filled with plants and animals. (03/21/2014)
Nancy Raddatz has taught thousands of students since she first started teaching dance in 1948 at age 12. (03/12/2014)
Laddie and Jim Elwell, now in their eighties, started the Headwaters Science Center to bring quality science education to a community that sorely needed it. (03/06/2014)
Bryant's current role is Marian the librarian in "The Music Man" at Ten Thousand Things theater in Minneapolis. The role often goes to blond, blue-eyed actors, which Bryant is not. She's been cast against type before as British royalty and Amelia Earhart, among others. (02/24/2014)