Dan Olson Feature Archive

The nation's war on drugs has created a huge population of ex-offenders. At St. Paul's Ujamaa Place, though, there's a path for young African-American men, 17 and older, with a record. (07/18/2013)
Sightings are rare of the Monarch, Minnesota's state butterfly and one of its most colorful summer residents. The migrating population has crashed. (07/09/2013)
The teams face tough competition on the Fourth of July weekend when teams from around the country arrive in St. Paul for the annual Hmong Freedom Celebration. That's not the only challenge they've faced, though. (06/28/2013)
Jeanne Arland Peterson, the matriarch of a well-known Twin Cities jazz family, died Sunday at age 91. (06/24/2013)
Movie buffs and regular residents in the western Minnesota city came together to keep the theater's doors open. (06/20/2013)
Why worry about frogs? Well, for one, experts say, their numbers tell us about the health of our environment. (06/12/2013)
To the untrained eye, a certain greenhouse of plants at the University of Minnesota may seem like nothing special. But Dennis McKenna, an ethno-pharmacologist, sees much more than that. (06/04/2013)
Hundreds of people who live in Minnesota are here because they fear persecution, even death, in their home countries, says Mark Lee, a lawyer who helps refugees win asylum in the United States. "They're beaten and abused in ways that is hard to imagine." (05/28/2013)
The arrival of warm weather in Minneapolis marks a new beginning for "singing season," a nod to the past when thousands of people flocked to Minneapolis parks to sing together for the fun of it. (05/17/2013)
Along with spring, migratory birds are back. More than a century ago, their seasonal arrival was the object of intense interest by one of the state's most important ornithologists, Thomas Sadler Roberts. (05/14/2013)
St. Paul bagpipe player Dick Hensold is inspired by the traditional Celtic music heard in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Hensold wants more Minnesotans to hear the music, so he's invited a Cape Breton fiddler to join him on a swing around Minnesota. (05/02/2013)
Erwin Farkas was 10 years old when World War II began in 1939. His subsequent Holocaust survival is one of eight that have been woven together in a new Twin Cities theatrical production. (04/24/2013)
A White Bear Lake man has a passion for an activity -- falconry -- that dates back thousands of years. Falconry is the practice of capturing and training raptors to hunt. It's a way of life for Frank Taylor, the man we meet in this installment of our series Minnesota Sounds and Voices. (04/11/2013)
Anthropologist and author Zora Neale Hurston had an ear for the African American dialect of the early 1900s. People would "grab a hot," which means get a meal, or, "collar a nod," get some sleep. Many of the expressions are gone now, but they have new life on stage at the Penumbra Theater's production of "Spunk" in St. Paul. (04/05/2013)
A non-profit founded in 1987 by the 88-year-old Heitzman at a suburban Twin Cities church, Bridging has grown into one of North America's largest furniture stores in which customers too poor to pay can shop for free. (03/27/2013)