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Rochelle Olson

Reporter | General Assignment
Phone: 612-673-1747
Location: Minneapolis
Other languages: French

Rochelle Olson is a general assignment reporter for the Star Tribune. Olson has been on the quick strike team for three years, writing about a wide variety of topics. She specializes in the intersection of sports, business and culture.

Olson has covered St. Paul and Minneapolis City Halls, Ramsey and Hennepin county governments as well as courts and state government. Before joining the Star Tribune in 2000, Olson worked for eight years with the Associated Press in Kansas City, Topeka, Charleston, W.Va. and St. Paul. She has a master's degree from the University of Kansas and a bachelor's from Hamline University. She grew up in Bloomington. She loves to swim and do yoga.
Recent content from Rochelle Olson
Following a three-year study that showed high bird mortality rates around U.S. Bank Stadium, conservationists are pushing for swift action to make the

Activists say retrofitting of U.S. Bank Stadium glass to protect birds is long overdue

Stadium authority will meet for first time since $300K study released.
The Vikings said they would study the recommendations from the study on bird deaths in downtown Minneapolis.

Study: U.S. Bank Stadium in top 4 downtown Mpls. buildings in bird deaths

The stadium and three unidentified high-rises were involved in 74% of bird collisions and 68% of bird fatalities at downtown buildings.
Roland Faricy

Roland Faricy Jr., former Ramsey County district judge, dies

The law was central to Faricy's life, but his daughters say his true love was juvenile court, especially when finalizing adoptions.
St. Paul Police investigators on the scene of a shooting in the Highland Park neighborhood.

Man killed, wife injured in St. Paul Highland Park shooting

Police say the shooting does not appear to be random.
Workers at the South Hennepin Recycling and Problem Waste Drop-off Center in Bloomington sorted through items being brought in Wednesday.

Fire hazard from vaping pen leads Hennepin County to halt collection of batteries at community sites

All batteries now must go to either the Brooklyn Park or Bloomington drop-off locations.
Hennepin County officials see the Parkside building, at 825 S. 8th St. and 826 S. 9th St., as tied to the future renovation and redesign of the health

Hennepin County moves to acquire office building near HCMC for $8 million

The $8 million Parkside Professional Center is eyed for Hennepin Healthcare.
The body camera request was the first major initiative from new Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson.

Hennepin County approves $5.1 million for body cameras for sheriff's deputies

Ramsey County started outfitting for cameras last month, and many police officers already wear them
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan speaks in Northrop Auditorium in Minneapolis as part of the Stein Lecture on Monday, Oct. 21. 2019.

Supreme Court Justice Kagan encourages, amuses crowd at U lecture

Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan shares insights, anecdotes at U.
Dorene Day sang the American Indian Movement theme song during a march in 2014 outside TCF Bank Stadium protesting the name of the Washington team.

Protest planned when Vikings play Washington Redskins next week

Team's owner has long resisted calls to change nickname that some groups consider to be offensive.
Hennepin County Sheriff Dave Hutchinson, shown in June

Hennepin County sheriff encrypts 911 calls and radio traffic, blocking public from listening

The public can no longer hear the Sheriff's Office emergency dispatches in real time.
The University of Minnesota, Morris, with an enrollment of 1,900 students, is located in Stevens County in western Minnesota.

Rape joke flyer on University of Minnesota Morris campus gets attention of President Gabel

Morris campus GOP head says his group had no part of poster bearing its name.
Justice David Lillehaug wrote the 16-page majority opinion.

Minn. Supreme Court rules in favor of Firefighters Union in dispute with Brainerd

Brainerd's elimination of union positions is an "unfair labor practice," under the law
Grounds crew prepared Target Field for Game 3 of American League Division Series between the Twins and the Yankees.

At end of first decade, Target Field has what it needs: A winning team

Monday's game against the Yankees is only the third postseason home game ever to be played at Target Field; the first two, in the ballpark's inaugural 2010 season, were consecutive losses to the Yankees.

Global conference speakers say U.S.-Mexico are family, must form beneficial economic union

Mexican ambassador welcomes Minnesotans.
Judge Fred Karasov delivered the sentence for former Minneapolis police officer Christopher Reiter in 2017.

Hennepin County judge on life support, faces uncertain prognosis after collapse

Karasov was a county prosecutor before he was appointed to the Hennepin bench in 2008.
Eagan’s Mallory Weggemann, a gold medal paralympic swimmer, said she’s excited her Olympics teammates are coming to her hometown.

Paralympics trials come to Minneapolis in June 2020 for swimmers, cyclists and track athletes

Cyclists, swimmers and track athletes will seek team spots for Tokyo.
Burhan Elmi, co-owner of the cafe, left, chatted with John Torgeson, right, who works in emergency glass services, who had come to measure the windows

Minneapolis man charged with bias crimes in East Franklin window smashings

The man told officers he hates "the Somalis," police say.
Minnesota Sports Facility Authority Chairman Mike Vekich spoke about the Final Four at U.S. Bank Stadium on March 5. The board approved a 60% raise in

U.S. Bank Stadium authority OKs 60% pay raise for chairman

Michael Vekich's pay will rise to $95,000 to reflect workload, members say.
Chrissie Olson took a photo of her 5-month-old daughter Marion as T.C. Bear jokingly took a bite of the youngster during a free "Post-season Push" par

Those feisty Twins bring out dedicated fans for playoff fan viewing party

Viewing parties slated, then Minnesota gets a rare home playoff game Oct. 7.
Residents in St. Paul’s Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood were shaken by Tuesday’s fatal shooting of Terry L. Edwards at the intersection of N. Mendot

St. Paul struggles as gun slayings spike in September

The jump in homicidal violence is reverberating from residential neighborhoods to City Hall.
An image from body camera video of an officer-involved shooting of 31-year-old Ronald Davis in St. Paul.

Body camera: St. Paul officer screamed at man to drop knife

"Get away from me! Drop the knife!" the video shows the rookie officer saying shortly before he shot the 31-year-old man, who charged with a knife after he rammed a squad vehicle.
Mike Sherels on the field at TCF Bank Stadium as the Gophers warmed up in 2016.

Former Gophers player and coach settles with U hospital over treatment

Mike Sherels, a football captain who later became an assistant coach, reached a $1 million settlement with the University of Minnesota Medical Center Fairview for treatment in 2016 that left him in a coma.
Gophers sophomore wrestler Gable Steveson (pictured) and teammate Dylan Martinez remain suspended, pending the results of a Hennepin County investigat

Criminal investigation ongoing for U wrestlers Steveson, Martinez

The wrestling season is set to begin Nov. 1, with the Gophers starting practice Oct. 10, but Gable Steveson and Dylan Martinez remain off the team.

White Bear Lake pilot's $27 million jury award, lawsuit sent back to lower courts

The White Bear Lake man said a fuel pump failed, causing the severe-injury crash in 2010.

U.S. Bank Stadium manager Patrick Talty leaving for Indianapolis job

Patrick Talty has booked venue's events since 2015.
The Vikings are adding amenities to enhance fans’ experience at U.S. Bank Stadium. But fans themselves do plenty to add to the experience. According

New technology, foods and a quiet space await Minnesota Vikings fans at season-opener Sunday

Team banking on new attractions inside stadium.
“Simply, basketball is not fundamental to democracy,” said the 16-page unanimous decision, written by Justice Natalie Hudson, shown in 2016 at Lak

State Supreme Court ruling limits criticism of public high school coaches

The former Woodbury girls' basketball coach claimed that parents had defamed him. The high court ruling reinstates his lawsuit.
Two young soccer fans cheered as the members of the U.S. Women's National Team players entered Allianz Field on Tuesday night before the exhibition ma

Soccer fans fly the flag for U.S. Women's National Team in St. Paul

The final score was beside the point for fans who showed their love for the team with their exuberant red, white and blue attire.
Dede Hard pumped her fist as her kitchen staff in the 4-H Building banged pots and pans announcing the last meal served at the 2019 State Fair.

After decades feeding 4-Hers at the fair, Dede Hard calls it a day

For years, Dede Hard has ordered the food, organized the crew and overseen preparations. The 4-H kitchen gets the biggest food delivery at the State Fair.
Traffic moved along Hennepin Avenue near West 24th Street during the evening commute.

Minnesota traffic study reports uptick in vehicle fatalities in 2018

Minnesota traffic fatalities were up 6 percent in 2018 even though state totals continue to trend down over a five-year period.
The scene outside the Super Bowl last year. Fun-loving fans are welcome, but there is little tolerance for bad antics.

Bad behavior can get Minnesota pro-sport fans ejected — or banned

Getting a beer buzz is fine; repeatedly spilling beer on a neighbor is not. Rooting for your team is good; yelling obscenities is not.
When asked to share their views about food choices at U.S. Bank Stadium, Vikings fans have six sure favorites: hot dogs, chicken tenders, burgers, nac

Minnesota Vikings fans love nachos, hot dogs and cheese curds and they will get them

U.S. Bank Stadium operators also need workers to work upcoming games.
Nancy Slaughter

Nancy Slaughter, Westminster Church and Macalester volunteer of many decades, dies at 83

Nancy Slaughter loved a game of bridge, Minnesota Gophers football, fine scotch and sharing her life with friends, family and just about anyone she encountered…
The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority put out a news release last week that the stadium had received a platinum LEED rating for environmental oper

Bird advocates question green award won by U.S. Bank Stadium

The stadium received a platinum LEED rating for environmental operations, but that recognition doesn't evaluate the building's wildlife conservation issues.
Justice Paul Thissen, shown at his swearing-in ceremony, wrote the opinion that the search of Guntallwon Brown while he was strapped down and sedated

Minn. Supreme Court says forced body cavity search is unconstitutional

A man observed selling drugs was arrested and then sedated and strapped down while a doctor removed evidence.
Fans took in the scene April at U.S. Bank Stadium when the NCAA Final Four was in Minneapolis.

U.S. Bank Stadium becomes first pro sports venue to achieve top sustainability status

Three-year-old stadium already won LEED gold for design.
Damage shown in 2017 at Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington after the bombing.

FBI agent testifies on discovery of Bloomington mosque bombing suspect's weapons cache

Black duffel with four AR-15s, four shotguns were found during search in Illinois.
Jamar Clark’s father, James Clark, addressed a recent news conference calling on the city to award $20 million to the family -- the same amount awar

Mpls., family of Jamar Clark reach tentative $200,000 settlement

Lawyer says the family realized change isn't possible through the courts. The City Council will be asked to sign off on the amount.
X Games veteran Ryan Sheckler performed a 360 flip during the X Games street qualifiers at U.S. Bank Stadium in July.

Star skateboarder Ryan Sheckler reaches out to Twin Cities adaptive athletes

Ryan Sheckler also donated $10,000 to limb-loss group.
A practice of the St. Cloud State University men's tennis team in 2016. Ten recent members of SCSU’s tennis and Nordic ski teams filed suit over the

Federal judge: St. Cloud State athletics fails to provide equal opportunity to women

U.S. District Judge John Tunheim came down on the side of the young women, ordering SCSU to take immediate steps.
November 23, 1992: Cleveland's Dan Fike tried to hold off Vikings defensive end Al Noga as he zeroed in on quarterback Mike Tomczak in the first quart

Vikings not obligated for ex-lineman's dementia, Minn. Supreme Court rules

Al Noga claimed his dementia was related to multiple concussions during his years as a Vikings defensive lineman. The Minnesota Supreme Court threw out his workers' compensation award.
Farass Adnan Ali (Facebook)

Federal judge again orders release of Iraqi native held for two years at Department of Justice discretion

Farass Ali has been held alongside criminals despite his status as a permanent U.S. resident.

Minnesota wineries win second chance in court at getting their grapes

A federal appeals court ruling served up another round in court for the two wineries challenging state law requiring most grapes to be grown in state.
This April 13, 2014, photo, shows the Internal Revenue Service headquarters building in Washington.

Medina man convicted of tax evasion for cat-and-mouse game of nearly 20 years with IRS

Randal S. Brinkman and his wife own 50% of a successful Twin Cities commercial remodeling business.
Boats cruised the St. Croix River in 2018.

Drownings so far this year running slightly lower than recent years

Of this year's drownings so far, all but four were in lakes and rivers.
After overseeing construction of the Metrodome, Don Poss became Blaine city manager in 1988.

Don Poss, who oversaw construction of Metrodome, dies at 86

In 1990, as Blaine city manager, Poss delivered the $20 million National Sports Center, a sprawling facility that became a popular hub for youth athletics, especially soccer.
Omni Hotels and Resorts will open its first Minnesota location next year at the Viking Lakes complex being developed by the Wilfs, owners of the Minne

Luxury hotel to open next year at Vikings complex in Eagan

The full-service Omni is slated to open in 2020.
Luann M. Johnson

Five months in workhouse for drunken driver who fatally struck pedestrian

Her sentence includes 20 cautionary speeches.
Minneapolis police Lt. Eddie Frizell, 2012.

A model of persistence, Minneapolis police veteran Eddie Frizell to take over Metro Transit force

Frizell will lead the department's 120 full-time and 60 part-time officers.
Ramsey County’s lawsuit seeks to end an agreement with Arden Hills to redevelop the land into the Rice Creek Commons plan.

Affordable-housing group seeks to join lawsuit against Arden Hills

It backs Ramsey County's action for more affordable units in sprawling project.
Dale Barsness

Dale Barsness was Minneapolis homicide chief at a deadly time in the city's history

After Dale Barsness died, his son Jeff found two case files for unsolved murders spread out on a table in his dad's Minneapolis apartment."Still trying…

Minnetrista mayor, two council members, former council member face campaign finance penalties, criminal probe

Mayor and others did not follow financial reporting laws, a judge has ruled.
Minneapolis is in the sixth year of its $1.7 million annual plan to tear down and replace 40,000 ash trees, part of the city’s attack on the invasiv

Minneapolis ash tree removal hits the Chain of Lakes, starting at Bde Maka Ska

Minneapolis works to get ahead of emerald ash borer.
Norie will provide companionship to adult and child victims through the prosecution process.

Ramsey County attorney's latest hire: A golden retriever named Norie

The job is to provide a calming presence for clients who are nervous, distraught and wary of recounting painful stories.
Artist's rendering of the hotel being built near the Vikings' headquarters in Eagan.

Ecolab joins Wilfs as investor in hotel project on Vikings' Eagan campus

St. Paul-based Ecolab is on investment team behind hotel on Eagan campus.

Edina City Hall closes one entrance in an effort to tighten security

Safety concerns spark change across Twin Cities.
TCF Bank Stadium, home of the University of Minnesota football team.

Judge tosses out former football players' lawsuit vs. university

The lawsuit sought unspecified damages for discrimination against the players after a woman alleged she was the victim of a gang rape in 2016. U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank said the players offered "no factual support for their allegations."
Workers take down NCAA Final Four signage outside U.S. Bank Stadium during Monday night's title game between Virginia and Texas Tech.

NCAA Final Four economic infusion for Twin Cities set at $143 million

April college basketball tournament resulted in $23 million in tax revenue.
Irma Burns, the mother of Jamar Clark, leaned on a sign bearing a photo of her son during a vigil in November 2017.

Federal case involving Jamar Clark returns to federal court next week

U.S. District Judge Michael Davis will get an update on negotiations or move closer to a trial.

Minneapolis summer lecture series on race begins in late July with history lesson

But controversial sessions with city staffers have not been rescheduled.
Minnesota Supreme Court Paul C. Thissen. Thissen wrote for the majority when the Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday reversed the cyberbullying convi

Minn. Supreme Court: Stalking, harassment laws overly broad in cyberbully case

A Scott County student was convicted of cyberbullying, but the high court ruled that the laws on mail harrassment and stalking by mail were overly broad.
Gable Steveson warms up before wrestling in an NCAA Big Ten tournament in Minneapolis, Minn, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. Nationally-ranked University of Min

No charges filed against Gophers wrestlers; investigation continues

Gophers wrestling star Gable Steveson, 19, and teammate Dylan Martinez, 21, were released from the Hennepin County jail. They had been held on suspicion of criminal sexual conduct since their arrests over the weekend.
Standout Gophers wrestler Gable Steveson was arrested Saturday evening along with a second U wrestler, Dylan Martinez, on suspicion of criminal sexual

Two U wrestlers jailed on suspicion of sexual assault await fate

Star wrestler Gable Steveson, 19, and teammate Dylan Martinez, 21, remained in the Hennepin County jail Monday on suspicion of third-degree felony criminal sexual conduct.
Fans sat in the stands during a Gophers men's hockey game in this 2016 file photo.

To boost crowds, U extends beer and wine sales outside arenas' premium seats

Alcohol sales are quickly becoming the norm at college and university events and would be another attempt at energizing the fan base and boosting revenue.

Judge dismisses claims against one officer in Jamar Clark shooting

A Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot a 24-year-old man in November 2015 has been formally dismissed as a defendant in the excessive force lawsuit…
Daniel Homstad

Daniel Homstad, attorney who worked as both public defender and county prosecutor, dies at 51

As a young law clerk in the Hennepin County Public Defender’s office in the early 1990s, Daniel Homstad worked on a case that became a…
Minneapolis city coordinator Nuria Rivera-Vandermyde listened as Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey delivered his second State of the City address in April

Mpls. officials cancel segregated meetings for city staff members

Three sessions had been planned through July, with black and white staffers meeting separately.
Detective Travis Serafin lied in court but didn’t commit perjury, the McLeod County attorney said Friday.

Ex-Eden Prairie detective who falsified search warrant won't face charges

As a result of the falsified warrant, charges against an alleged drug dealer were dropped and Serafin was dismissed by the Eden Prairie police.
Robert Brown, a water resource specialist for the Minneapolis Park Department, tested the water at Webber Park Pool in 2018.

Webber, Lupient pools open in Minneapolis; North Commons undergoing repair

The North Commons Water Park won't open until July, due to underground pipe repairs.
A federal excessive-force lawsuit in Justine Ruszczyk Damond's case was settled for $20 million.

Police payouts vary widely in Mpls., other cities facing suits

A deeper look at two recent Minneapolis cases other recent brutality settlements reveal the calculations that go into determining how much gets paid out by a municipality.
Michael Hartzell, nicknamed "Bones," and a longtime fixture on Rice Street, died last year. His trademark wheelbarrow is to be planted with flowers as

St. Paul's Rice Street loses, then finds piece of the late "Bones" legacy

Wheelbarrow the local legend used on his daily rounds will hold blooms.
FILE - This undated photo released by Javille Burns shows her brother, Jamar Clark, who was fatally shot in a confrontation with police on Sunday, Nov

Jamar Clark mediation hits wall; wrongful-death lawsuit now on track for trial

Day of closed-door discussions yields nothing in 2015 fatal shooting by Minneapolis police
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman at a news conference in December. He said Friday in a statement that he had begun a medical leave based on his d

Freeman will begin treatment for alcohol, return in June

The Hennepin County attorney, 71, will enter treatment on Monday and expects to return to work no later than the middle of next month. He also has high blood pressure.
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman addressed the media about Mohamed Noor case.

No deadline set for Freeman to return after abrupt departure

The Hennepin County attorney will collect his $182,025 salary and face no deadline for returning to work from his medical leave, the reasons for which remained unclear Monday.
In his role with the county, Chester Cooper will focus on reducing disparities.

Ex-U receiver tackles toughest task yet in 34-year career: disparities in Hennepin Co.

From Hennepin County detention deputy to head of county corrections and now operations, Chester "Chet" Cooper's 34-year government career has had what he sees as a unified focus: raising the boat.