Dan Olson Feature Archive

She's only a freshman, but Hamline economics major Linda Umwali has already set a goal. She wants to become Rwanda's finance minister. (01/13/2015)
Whether with the student drum line or in the halls between classes, Jamal Abdur-Salaam expects a lot from the students at John A. Johnson Elementary in St. Paul. (01/06/2015)
Danes in Minnesota are importing "hygge," the perfect antidote to holiday stress. (12/23/2014)
Steel drum music has spread across the globe from Trinidad to the University of Minnesota, where a teacher and her students are bringing the Caribbean sound to the frozen north. (12/18/2014)
Scholars in Iraq and at St. John's University in Collegeville are working together to save documents, many of them Christian in origin, that define Middle Eastern culture. (12/05/2014)
Woodblock print artist, food co-op founder, electric bass player for the winter solstice celebration. Betsy Bowen fills many roles in Grand Marais. (11/26/2014)
In the 1950s and '60s, the Lenarz sisters learned songs in the kitchen while doing dishes with their dad. Today, they share their love of singing in the Twin Cities Women's Choir. (11/21/2014)
Walter Dziedzic is among nearly 95,000 Minnesotans who served in the Korean War. More than 700 were killed in action. (11/11/2014)
Ruth Knox was among the more than 100,000 women who enlisted during World War II. Now 95, the Twin Cities native shares her story for Veterans Day. (11/11/2014)
Author Carol Ryrie Brink died in 1981 but she left behind hours of recordings recounting her upbringing. The tapes were recently rediscovered by her 95-year-old son. (10/27/2014)
The Minnesota composer, who died Sunday, made accessible music that explored new ideas. He wrote pieces that players could play, but also challenged them. (10/21/2014)
The Minnesota composer made accessible music that explored new ideas. He wrote pieces that players could play, but also challenged them. Paulus died Sunday. MPR News' Dan Olson has more. (10/20/2014)
A Hastings biology teacher and his class wade into the Vermillion River for research. They emerge with larger lessons on society and the environment. (10/15/2014)
In studios and on stages, folk, indie-rock and other players are expanding the musical universe of the ukulele, an instrument that will be celebrated at this weekend's Uke-Fest. (10/03/2014)
Bison play a vital role in the region's ecology. It's one reason the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wants to grow the state's herd. (09/25/2014)