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.

COVID-19 cases in Minnesota drop below 1,000 per day for first time in months

COVID-19 remains persistent in Minnesota despite Biden's proclamation that the "pandemic is over." However, severity is down.

Auditor: Minnesota's oversight of COVID-19 health grants was adequate

The audit did find instances in which Minnesota Department of Health didn't explain variations in awards or follow state criteria for making those grants.

Wastewater sampling finds COVID uptick, new variant in Twin Cities area

New booster formulated against existing variants, but will improve protection against BA.2.75, state health official says.

COVID falls a bit in Minnesota amid absence of new variant

The nursing strike of 15 Twin Cities and Duluth hospitals this week appears to have combined with a COVID-19 decline to reduce bed usage.

With nurses strike reaching its final day, what comes next?

Union will assess whether walkout and high-visibility pickets built public support and weakened hospital resolve over staffing, pay.

Despite replacements, nurses strike impacting patients

One family's account of hospital care amid the transition to replacement nurses during the strike shows the pressures that hospitals are under.

3-day nurses strike begins at hospitals in Twin Cities, Duluth

The protest is scheduled to last until 7 a.m. Thursday. Hospital administrators said last week that they were planning to hire enough temporary nurses to maintain their usual operations but will scale back as needed.

3-day nurses strike is set to begin at 7 a.m. in Twin Cities, Duluth

Nurses have asked for pay increases of about 30% over three years to provide incentives to stay in the high-stress profession. Hospitals have countered with increases above 10%, arguing they can't afford bigger raises.

Twin Cities hospitals ready to train temp nurses to fill in during strike

A last-minute agreement could forestall strike, but nurses and their hospitals remain far apart on wage proposals.

COVID-19 levels decline 30% in Twin Cities wastewater

Research scientist cautions that recent progress is no guarantee of continued declines in infections this fall.