Dan Olson Feature Archive

Handbell choir performances around our region reach a peak during the holidays. Minnesota Sounds and Voices reporter Dan Olson recently spoke with Betty Fletcher Mast, a matriarch of the Minnesota handbell scene. (12/20/2011)
As they do with the coming of winter every year, thousands upon thousands of crows -- maybe even millions -- have started to swarm, caw and roost each night in downtown Minneapolis. (12/07/2011)
Over the past four years more than a hundred north Minneapolis Hmong residents have benefited from the homework help program. (12/02/2011)
Every week, Bea Hasselmann walks past the razor wire-topped security fence and into the state's oldest juvenile detention facility to show young men how music can affect the soul. (11/25/2011)
The number of native speakers of the Dakota language is dwindling, but one teacher is keeping it alive to preserve a culture and a way of life. (11/16/2011)
Seminary Fen, on the edge of the Twin Cities with its prairie sedge, swamp thistle, goldenrod and marsh marigolds, has had its share of threats. (11/02/2011)
Long-time Minnesota civil rights activist Kwame McDonald organized community athletic opportunities for young people and was a pioneer in covering women's sports. He died Wednesday at age 80. (10/27/2011)
The leaves that paint the landscape burnt orange and bright red can just as easily forge ties to the land and other Minnesotans. (10/26/2011)
Instead of coming up through church choirs or music conservatories, the members of the Messiah's Men choir found their voices together, after escaping their civil war-ravaged homeland of Liberia. (10/17/2011)
The Venture North Bike Walk and Coffee shop opens for business this weekend. The shop is a partnership, underwritten by the city, to help instill work ethic and skills in young employees and promote exercise and health habits. (10/07/2011)
Fewer drunk drivers are on Minnesota roads, reflecting a national trend reported by the Centers for Disease Control. (10/06/2011)
Public school officials today launched a campaign to attract more students to the district, even as enrollment is rising. (10/05/2011)
University of Minnesota police say their decoy bike helped them arrest a campus bike thief. (10/04/2011)
Federal disability benefits ended today for 89 Minnesota residents, many with military ties to the United States' war in Vietnam. (09/30/2011)
U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis spoke in Minneapolis to drum up support for the President's jobs plan. (09/29/2011)