Dan Olson Feature Archive

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)
Researchers are examining recently felled ash trees in St. Paul to learn more about the emerald ash borer infestation. (09/29/2011)
A new bike center opens Thursday for University of Minnesota students on the Minneapolis east bank campus. (09/29/2011)
Minnesota transportation officials say there is no deadline for finalizing funding plans for a new St. Croix bridge near Stillwater. (09/28/2011)
Central Corridor light rail officials say the project's two prime contractors are meeting goals for hiring women and minorities as part of the workforce. (09/27/2011)
Minnesota Department of Agriculture entomologist Mark Abrahamson said the ash trees near the intersection of Dale and Kent in St. Paul may have been infected by emerald ash borers spreading from a nearby neighborhood. (09/27/2011)