Dan Olson Feature Archive

Every year around about this time, a Minnesota businessman brings in an unusual harvest: seeds from native prairie plants. He aims to help preserve those species -- at a profit -- as their habitat slowly shrinks. (09/19/2012)
The two-day Rosh Hashana holiday, which began at sundown on Sunday, commemorates the creation of the world in the Jewish calendar. It's ushered in with prayers and the blowing of a shofar, a horn carved from a kosher animal. Minnesota Sounds and Vices reporter Dan Olson visited a school in St. Paul to learn how the tradition is being passed to a new generation. (09/17/2012)
Sheldon Wolfchild from the Lower Sioux Agency in southern Minnesota says few Americans understand what caused the US-Dakota War of 1862. And he said he recognizes that emotions run high on all sides. Still, he's firm on this: The Dakota people didn't cause the war. (09/07/2012)
Minnesota Sounds and Voices reporter Dan Olson wondered, Who has the hottest job in the hot weather this summer? (09/05/2012)
Blacksmith work, especially in a piping hot Minnesota summer, is not for the faint of heart. (09/04/2012)
Jan Klein, a descendant of white settlers killed in the US- Dakota War of 1862, wants to make sure her ancestors aren't forgotten, and she was one of 85 people who advised the Minnesota Historical Society on its exhibit about that war. (08/24/2012)
How rapidly police deploy drones and what they use them for will be largely determined by how much they cost. But before drones become accessible to the average department, various players are working through a lot of issues, such as how exactly they will be used and how to protect personal privacy. (08/17/2012)
Historians agree that the U. S. - Dakota War of 1862 was one of Minnesota's most momentous events. That part of the state's history has been documented and shared by people who have a range of perspectives. (08/17/2012)
If Yellowstone is part of your summer travel plans you may be interested to hear that a Minnesotan played a key role in creation of the country's first national park. Nathaniel Pitt Langford's life rivals any wild West shoot em up story. (08/06/2012)
If Yellowstone is part of your summer travel plans, you may be interested to hear that a Minnesotan played a key role in creation of the country's first national park. Nathaniel Pitt Langford of St. Paul was Yellowstone's first superintendent. But he was much more than that. (08/06/2012)
This quartet has been singing together nearly 20 years. (07/30/2012)
Tucked away in Wirth Park on the western edge of Minneapolis, the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary's 15 acres is a small slice of woodland, bog and prairie respite from city life. (07/16/2012)
The St. Croix River has been in the news a lot of late, owing to the controversy over the new bridge that will link Highway 36 in Minnesota to Highway 64 in Wisconsin. But this summer, the river becomes something else. (07/10/2012)
Michael Charette says he learned to play the flute in off hours from his day job as a baker. And he says smiles from people eating his baked goods give him the same good feeling he gets from making music. (07/06/2012)
Helina Leino Pakola was a talented violinist headed for the concert stage in her native Finland. And then life threw her a curve ball. "My career was destroyed by falling in love with a man!" she laughs. (06/22/2012)