A University of St. Thomas graduate, Olson completed fellowships at the Kaiser Family Foundation, Poynter Institute and New York Times. Honors include a Premack Public Affairs award for scrutinizing a schizophrenia drug trial, a SABEW award for uncovering abuses of meatpackers, and a Casey Medal for examining deaths in foster care. His Pulitzer-winning series on child care led to a decline in child deaths. Olson and his family live in Edina.

Gov. Walz, Pawlenty get COVID-19 boosters in show of support

Hospitals report that unvaccinated patients suffer more severe COVID-19; state discloses death of 20- to 24-year-old.

COVID-19 pandemic wave continues retreat in Minnesota

State has identified 331 COVID-19 deaths in nearly 3.2 million fully vaccinated Minnesotans, or .008% of that population.

COVID wave hits rural hospitals, leaving sick begging for beds

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Minnesotans hospitalized for COVID-19 40,000 times

Minnesotans with COVID-19 have been admitted 40,000 times to inpatient beds in U.S. hospitals since the start of the pandemic. A state update from the weekend identified 5,686 coronavirus infections and 21 COVID-19 deaths.

State has 7th-highest COVID case rate, 1,000 hospitalizations

Gov. Tim Walz and health officials unveiled new incentives to increase COVID-19 vaccinations in teenagers to confront the latest pandemic wave.

Average age of COVID-19 deaths in Minnesota is getting younger

Latest CDC ensemble modeling forecast predicts level coronavirus infection numbers in Minnesota through October.

Rising COVID-19 numbers returning to pre-vaccine levels in Minnesota

COVID-19 hospitalizations reach 960 in Minnesota, a 2021 record that includes 254 people in intensive care, state data shows.

Unvaccinated continue to drive COVID growth in Minnesota

More than 900 inpatient hospital beds in Minnesota filled with COVID-19 patients for the first time since last December.

COVID testing, positivity rate reach 2021 highs in Minnesota

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