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.

Minnesota continues uptick in COVID-19 hospitalizations, positivity rate

State health officials schedule first briefing in weeks to discuss pandemic trends, more infectious delta variant.

Competing models at start of pandemic hurt public's trust

Simulations at the pandemic's start by the U and the state predicted 50,000 to 74,000 COVID-19 deaths. The state's toll so far is nearing 7,700.

Anoka County funeral outbreak, death in 20s show risks remain

Pandemic measures remained low in Minnesota, but a cluster of infections were traced to a funeral and the state recorded its 14th COVID-19 death of someone in their 20s.

COVID-19 levels remain lower in Minnesota amid U.S. uptick

Genomic sequencing finds more delta variant infections in Minnesota, but not at rates seen in other states.

Minnesota misses state virus vaccine goal, hits federal target

The state appears poised to surpass President Joe Biden's challenge of providing vaccine to 70% of adults 18 and older by July 4 — reaching 69.9% on Wednesday. COVID-19 vaccine promotion will continue in at-risk communities and regions where rates are low.

Elective abortions declined 8% in Minnesota in 2020

Pandemic's role in decline in abortions unclear, but providers suspect lack of access during COVID-19 restrictions.

Sun Country offers an airfare drawing as vaccine incentive

Minnesota is one tenth of a percent away from the federal goal of vaccinating 70% of adults by July 4.

COVID hospitalizations drop below 100 in Minnesota

State nears federal vaccination goal of providing shots to 70% of adults by July 4.

Minnesota research documents stress on health care sites, workers during pandemic

Minnesota researchers also contribute to national study on stress, anxiety levels in public health workers amid pandemic.

Minnesota set to miss state COVID-19 vaccine goal, hit federal one

State has one of the lowest new infection rates after having the highest for much of the spring.