Robert Olson

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2010

    Tarryl Clark raises $1.1M in bid to oust Michele Bachmann

    ​Democrat Tarryl Clark announced today that she raised $505,000 in the first three months of the year in her bid to unseat Michele Bachmann. Add that to the $602,000 she raised in 2009, and she's hit $1.1 million total.Clark, a state senator from St. Cloud, has already won the DFL endorsement. She ... More >>

  • News

    December 5, 2007

    Unfriendly Fire

    Duy Ngo will receive $4.5 million for getting shot by a fellow officer in the line of duty, but that won't restore his reputation

  • News

    July 26, 2006

    Little Earth: The Troubles

    Another accusation of police misconduct reopens the old rift between cops and residents at south Minneapolis's Little Earth housing complex

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2006

    Chief search: Now with 100% less hype!

    Just two and half years ago, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak pulled out all the bells and whistles in searching for his top cop. This time around, things are, uh, a little quieter.

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2006
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    January 25, 2006

    The Gang That Shot Itself in the Foot

    The May medal: How the MPD managed to embarrass itself and reopen old wounds

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2005

    Hamstrung: How the MPD's federal mediation agreement has failed

    There continues to be fallout from the removal two weeks ago of MPD Lt. Medaria Arradondo from the federal mediation talks.

  • News

    October 13, 2004

    Try, Try Again

    The courts are determined to make a 10-year-old murder charge stick

  • News

    June 9, 2004
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    June 2, 2004

    Under Investigation

    Another in-custody death raises questions about the MPD's ability to police itself

  • News

    April 7, 2004

    Does This Bus Stop at the Capitol?

    Rybak frets about transit--but can he do anything?

  • News

    January 14, 2004

    Boss Lady

    Meet Barb Johnson, the most powerful politician in Minneapolis

  • News

    December 24, 2003

    And Then There Was One

    Rybak picks a reformer for the MPD

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    November 19, 2003

    A Blast from the Past

    Former mayor Sharon Sayles Belton on her successor

  • News

    October 29, 2003

    Snitching on a Snitch

    The Strib outs a police informant. Was it worth the risk?

  • News

    October 29, 2003

    A Whiter Shade of Pale

    Why mayor Rybak is loathed on the north side

  • News

    August 27, 2003

    Requiem for an Ex-Heavyweight

    Ray Whebbe Jr., hustler, journalist, champion of lost causes, dies at 48

  • News

    May 21, 2003

    Shot to Hell

    Duy Ngo, The Minneapolis police officer wounded by one of his own colleagues in a February drug stakeout, speaks out for the first time

  • News

    December 4, 2002

    He's Sorry

    Former gang prosecution snitch Johnny Edwards recants--sort of

  • News

    October 2, 2002

    Don't Ask, Don't Tell

    Police misconduct? Tell somebody who cares.

  • News

    September 25, 2002

    The Jordan Shuffle

    The city plays politics with police/minority relations

  • News

    August 14, 2002

    The Chain Gang

    Want to change the world? Get out of your car and onto a bike.

  • News

    November 21, 2001

    Jeanette Kamman's Library For Orphans

    Searching for the beginnings of the self and the end of the world in 100,000 cast-off books

  • Books

    January 10, 2001

    Try, Try Again

    Minneapolis files a second set of charges against protesters who picketed last year's animal-genetics conference

  • News

    August 23, 2000

    Assisted Suicide

    Minneapolis officials insist police did everything by the book before Clay Fingerman killed himself. But nobody wants to talk about the shotgun left by his door.

  • News

    August 16, 2000

    The Complaint Department

    Fifty years ago Minneapolis launched a program to stamp out discrimination. Now many of the dream's supporters doubt the city's civil-rights agencies are equal to the task.

  • News

    March 29, 2000

    The Yo-Yo Files

    Why did it take three investigations, two trials, and one year of legal ups and downs to convict Alfred Flowers of sassing a cop? He may never know: Minneapolis, Hennepin County, and the FBI have declared the records top-secret.

  • Books

    September 22, 1999

    Snitch Botch

    When police informant Johnny Edwards sang, men went to prison. Now his tune is coming back to haunt the courts.

  • News

    August 18, 1999

    The People v. Minneapolis

    A crack in the sidewalk, a cop's slippery sole,and other lawsuits just waiting to happen

  • Books

    April 7, 1999

    CODE Red

    For the last year, Minneapolis's CODEFOR strategy has been packing the jails. Now state taxpayers are being asked to pay the price.

  • Books

    February 24, 1999

    Hard and Fast

    Recent embarrassments notwithstanding, Minneapolis isn't softening its stance on high-speed chases

  • Books

    February 3, 1999

    Not a Pretty Picture

    Police to press: Behave or go to jail

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    November 25, 1998

    Snitch Glitch

    Has Johnny "Walk on Water" Edwards finally met his match?

  • News

    August 19, 1998

    Holding The Line

    911 operators answer the phone 1,000 times a night. But what if the line goes down?

  • Books

    May 27, 1998

    Pound of Flesh

    The former owner of Buns & Roses says Minneapolis cops wanted him to pay up or shut down

  • Feature

    May 1, 1998
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    April 15, 1998

    Officer Not-So-Friendly

    A scuffle at Minneapolis's South High has caused some parents to ask whether school police liaisons should be allowed to use force as readily as cops do elsewhere

  • News

    February 18, 1998

    Stool Pigeon

    Sure, he's got an unfortunate knack for running afoul of the law. But that's nothing compared to his talent for getting himself set free.

  • News

    October 29, 1997

    Air Barbara

    With a week to go until Judgment Day, Barbara Carlson returns to her roots.

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    October 22, 1997

    Four More Years in Minneapolis?

    Race discrimination in the fire department has cost Minneapolis millions, infuriated the courts, and divided the force. Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton's response? Zilch.

  • News

    September 17, 1997

    Friendly Fire

    When 12 COPS arrived at Andre Madison's house for a routine drug bust, they wandered into a ferocious gunfight with themselves.

  • News

    September 3, 1997

    The Riot Card

    When police critically wounded 15-year-old Lawrence Miles Jr., TV reporters went out of their way to point out that being a cop in "Murderapolis" is dicey stuff. But after a witness said he saw Miles drop his gun and run before being gunned down, the stor

  • Feature

    April 9, 1997

    Taking the Third

    A federal investigation is looking into misconduct at the MPD's Third Precinct -- but how far will it go?

  • News

    January 22, 1997

    Get Out of Jail Free

    In drug- or gang-related cases, one of the favorite weapons of prosecutors is confidential informants like Johnny Edwards. Trouble is, a lot of them will say anything to get themselves out of the hot seat--and continue committing crimes while they're turn

  • News

    January 22, 1997

    Another Day, Another Lawsuit

    Business as Usual at the Minneapolis City Hall

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    January 1, 1997



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    May 29, 1996
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    November 15, 1995

    The Lord's Own Safety Net

    As social programs fall away, fundamentalist groups like Teen Challenge are rushing to take their place.