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Rochelle Olson

Reporter | Hennepin County Courts and Legal Affairs
phone: 612-673-1747
Rochelle Olson covers St. Paul City Hall and Ramsey County government.
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Soccer stadium for St. Paul? Minneapolis isn't rolling over

Soccer stadium for St. Paul? Minneapolis isn't rolling over

Some in city pledge to continue the pursuit despite stinging news of a possible deal across the river.
Worker who survived fall at Vikings stadium hit post on way down

Worker who survived fall at Vikings stadium hit post on way down

A pole stopped one man’s fall, but not the other’s, the report says. The full state investigation could take months to be made public.
Safety investigation begins at new Vikings stadium

Safety investigation begins at new Vikings stadium

The death investigation results will become public upon completion.
1 worker dead, 1 injured in fall from roof at Vikings stadium

1 worker dead, 1 injured in fall from roof at Vikings stadium

The worker killed after falling Wednesday morning during construction on the roof was a Northfield man. Another worker who was hurt was in stable condition.

PR veteran Andrea Mokros joins Super Bowl planning team

  Andrea Mokros’ public relations career has taken her to Gov. Mark Dayton’s office, President Obama’s White House and now the National Football League’s Super…
Vikings buying land in Eagan for new Winter Park facility

Vikings buying land in Eagan for new Winter Park facility

Team owners have signed a surprise purchase agreement for 185 acres in Eagan that would be the site of the Vikings' corporate headquarters and practice facility.

Vikings stadium authority files response to $15 million pay dispute

The authority said cost disputes on a big project like U.S. Bank Stadium are normal.
Tours of the new Vikings stadium are not for the faint of heart

Tours of the new Vikings stadium are not for the faint of heart

The $1.1 billion building that is almost double the size of the old Metrodome is a gantlet of heavy equipment, tools and construction materials waiting to be lifted into place.
First purple seats go in at new Vikings stadium

First purple seats go in at new Vikings stadium

Vikings’ season ticket-holders, young athletes check progress.
Hennepin ready to work with United owner on soccer stadium

Hennepin ready to work with United owner on soccer stadium

Commissioner Mike Opat says Minnesota United owner Bill McGuire must decide where he wants a team to play: Minneapolis or St. Paul.
Hennepin County's 'Flawless Lawless' a steady presence as chief budget officer

Hennepin County's 'Flawless Lawless' a steady presence as chief budget officer

  His work for Hennepin County is so routinely beyond reproach that he’s earned the nickname, “Flawless.” Dave Lawless is the director of budget and…
Deputy sues Stanek over retirement of his K-9 partner

Deputy sues Stanek over retirement of his K-9 partner

He says sheriff retaliated for his pointed election-year questions at a forum.
Vikings stadium cost dispute is critical to Mortenson's project share

Vikings stadium cost dispute is critical to Mortenson's project share

General contractor seeks mediation to resolve clash involving $15 million in alterations at Vikings site.
Hennepin County plans to shift courtrooms from Southdale Library site to Bloomington

Hennepin County plans to shift courtrooms from Southdale Library site to Bloomington

  Hennepin County has a tentative plan for the future of the Southdale Library complex that will move the two courtrooms from Edina south to…
Dayton appoints Tony Sertich to sports facilities commission

Dayton appoints Tony Sertich to sports facilities commission

Gov. Dayton appoints Tony Sertich to vacancy on Sports Facilities Authority board.
Plymouth swimmer abandons English Channel crossing

Plymouth swimmer abandons English Channel crossing

Karen Zemlin was more than three-quarters of the way across when she gave up her attempt, according to an online tracker.
Is Vikings stadium as much as $50 million over budget? Officials at odds

Is Vikings stadium as much as $50 million over budget? Officials at odds

The outgoing treasurer of the stadium panel says there are tens of millions of dollars in cost overruns, but the authority's director says the estimates are "patently false."
Roof, glass doors next as Vikings stadium reaches turning point

Roof, glass doors next as Vikings stadium reaches turning point

The stadium is 65 percent complete and set to open in just over a year, in time for the Vikings to kick off the 2016 season in their new home.
Vikings' Bagley learned to roll with punches of new stadium deal

Vikings' Bagley learned to roll with punches of new stadium deal

In the 15 years it took to get the new Minnesota Vikings stadium built, Lester Bagley was the guy out front, trying to complete a…
Number of registered medical pot users surges in first week

Number of registered medical pot users surges in first week

State officials expect enrollment to keep growing; 276 patients are already certified.

Hennepin County Medical Examiner Andrew Baker gives law students a lesson in death

  When Hennepin County Medical Examiner Andrew Baker is called to testify in courtrooms, his presentation tends to be somber and focused on the facts…
Minn. Supreme Court reinstates priest's sexual misconduct conviction

Minn. Supreme Court reinstates priest's sexual misconduct conviction

The ruling in Christopher Wenthe’s case focused on his understanding of he nature of his meeting with the woman he was involved with, who claimed he was her spiritual counselor.

3 named to committee for 2018 Super Bowl in Minnesota

Three prominent Minnesota executives have signed on to join the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee for the 2018 game at the new Vikings stadium, CEO…
Treasurer quits Vikings stadium board, blasts Kelm-Helgen

Treasurer quits Vikings stadium board, blasts Kelm-Helgen

The treasurer of the panel overseeing construction of the new Minnesota Vikings stadium resigned abruptly Friday, saying he couldn’t continue to work with Chair Michele Kelm-Helgen.

Experts: Synthetic-drug ruling won't hit Minnesota hard

An attorney for a prominent defendant says it’ll help his appeal. But other legal experts say it will have little effect in the state.
U.S. Bank has deal for naming rights on new Vikings stadium

U.S. Bank has deal for naming rights on new Vikings stadium

The team announced what is likely to be a lucrative 20-year deal with U.S. Bank for stadium naming rights, but a bank spokesman said the reported $220 million price was “on the high side.”
HCMC striving to attract more patients with private insurance

HCMC striving to attract more patients with private insurance

Patient visits are up, administrative costs are down and an operating loss has been replaced by a profit at Hennepin County Medical Center. But the hospital still hopes to attract more patients with private insurance.

Winter Park fundraiser set for Saturday for school for gifted, learning-disabled kids

Leah Brzezinski’s Arete Academy was inspired by her own son’s struggles.
A calm, candid Adrian Peterson comes full circle with Vikings

A calm, candid Adrian Peterson comes full circle with Vikings

Tuesday’s 30-minute news conference couldn’t have been further in tone or mood from the turmoil, confusion and tension of the past eight months.
Vikings look to Chanhassen for the team's new headquarters

Vikings look to Chanhassen for the team's new headquarters

In addition to having executive offices scattered downtown and in the suburbs, the team’s current offices and practice facilities lag by NFL standards.
Hopes and cheers will pave the way to Vikings' plaza

Hopes and cheers will pave the way to Vikings' plaza

Some fans are laying down a couple of hundred dollars for a personalized piece of granite that will line the western plaza of the new stadium.

Minn. Appeals Court strikes down criminal defamation law

A man convicted of criminal defamation for posting sexually explicit comments, purportedly by his ex-girlfriend and her minor daughter, won a reversal Tuesday from the Minnesota Court of Appeals, which struck down a 52-year-old state law.
Detention deputy climbs the ranks to lead Hennepin County Corrections

Detention deputy climbs the ranks to lead Hennepin County Corrections

Chester Cooper came to Minnesota to play wide receiver for the Gophers in the 1970s.

Hennepin County Board wants more kids to learn to swim

Majority of board members express desire to use Target Field tax revenue for swimming.
Vikings creating tech infrastructure to match scope of stadium

Vikings creating tech infrastructure to match scope of stadium

At the heart of the Vikings’ gameday fan plan is the concept of connectivity — to the Vikings’ brand, the players, each other.
Players want NFL held in contempt over Peterson case

Players want NFL held in contempt over Peterson case

Discipline of Dallas Cowboys player Greg Hardy sparked the latest filing against the league.
Vikings bump up team's contribution to stadium by $14M

Vikings bump up team's contribution to stadium by $14M

About $13 million of the $14 million will be directed toward the stadium’s television system, including more than 2,000 HDTV monitors that will be displayed throughout the building.

Hennepin Co. taxes will likely pay for better child protection

Minnesota’s move toward more aggressive investigation of child-abuse reports will mean more cases and more caseworkers — and more money needed.
Arrest warrant out for ex-Gophers basketball player McNeil

Arrest warrant out for ex-Gophers basketball player McNeil

Daquein McNeil’s former lawyer says he doesn’t know where the player is.
Golden Valley man admits supplying guns to New Hope cop shooter

Golden Valley man admits supplying guns to New Hope cop shooter

Supplier is likely to get 12 to 18 months in prison when sentenced.
Sept. 26, 2013: There's progress for the homeless in Hennepin County

Sept. 26, 2013: There's progress for the homeless in Hennepin County

Hennepin County is midway through an intensive two-year pilot project aimed at getting people who haven’t had shelter for a long time into stable housing. Results look positive.
Faribault welcomes its winners amid controversy

Faribault welcomes its winners amid controversy

The school held a pep rally to honor a team engulfed in controversy and school officials were celebrating the dance team’s victory during a high school basketball game later in the evening.
Revitalized Downtown East betting on stadium momentum

Revitalized Downtown East betting on stadium momentum

Construction dominates skyline, but other changes are in store.
Glass work soon to begin at new Vikings stadium

Glass work soon to begin at new Vikings stadium

10,000 shiny panes eventually will form the skin of the soaring structure. Bird lovers remain unhappy, saying the glass will jeopardize migrating songbirds.
Minnesota moves closer to MLS; stadium issue needs to be settled

Minnesota moves closer to MLS; stadium issue needs to be settled

The remaining hurdle for Minnesota is finalizing for a new downtown outdoor soccer stadium, as preferred by the league. How it would be funded is still unknown.
Minneapolis police officer files whistleblower lawsuit over 'pointergate'

Minneapolis police officer files whistleblower lawsuit over 'pointergate'

He alleges he was unfairly transferred after fallout from mayor’s high-profile photo.
Hennepin County seeks to halt rail traffic by buying key property in Crystal

Hennepin County seeks to halt rail traffic by buying key property in Crystal

Hennepin County Board pledges a fight to stop routing of heavier trains through northwestern suburbs, past Wirth Park.
Bill McGuire keeps after MLS franchise, new soccer stadium

Bill McGuire keeps after MLS franchise, new soccer stadium

Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk says there’s no legislative support for building the stadium.
Four activists push bird safety at Vikings stadium to forefront

Four activists push bird safety at Vikings stadium to forefront

Casual birders and nature lovers, they are waging fight over glass for new Vikings stadium.
Judge overturns Peterson's suspension; NFL to appeal

Judge overturns Peterson's suspension; NFL to appeal

Judge David Doty determined that the NFL arbitrator exceeded his authority in suspending the Vikings running back. The league returned him to the commissioner's exempt list.

Floodgates open for first Section 8 applications since 2007

More than 13,000 apply to the Met Council to have future shot at the rental assistance program.
Mpls. panel rebuffs latest bird safety effort for park near Vikings stadium

Mpls. panel rebuffs latest bird safety effort for park near Vikings stadium

The latest effort to protect migratory birds near the new Minnesota Vikings stadium hit a dead end at the Minneapolis City Council on Thursday.
Minnesota Super Bowl CEO dazzled by this year's game

Minnesota Super Bowl CEO dazzled by this year's game

Phoenix effort helps local group plan size, scope for 2018 game, said Maureen Bausch.
Vikings stadium won't get special bird-safe glass, authority says

Vikings stadium won't get special bird-safe glass, authority says

The new Vikings stadium won’t get the special glass that migratory bird advocates are seeking because there would be a major cost involved in delaying the project.
Vikings seek to commission local artists for works at new stadium

Vikings seek to commission local artists for works at new stadium

The Minnesota Vikings raised the culture quotient at their new stadium with a request Thursday for hometown artists to apply for commissions so their work…

Hennepin County's dated Southdale Library may be in for a new chapter

County leaders are weighing whether to raze the 42-year-old building, which also houses a service center and courtrooms.
Denny Hecker appears headed for divorce No. 5 from prison

Denny Hecker appears headed for divorce No. 5 from prison

This past fall, Christi Rowan-Hecker sought a restraining order against Hecker, saying he threatened to have her followed.
WWE figure named new general manager of Vikings stadium

WWE figure named new general manager of Vikings stadium

Patrick Talty starts Monday in booking events for the $1.1 billion facility in Minneapolis.
Vikings stadium workers don't sweat below-zero temps

Vikings stadium workers don't sweat below-zero temps

Clothing alone does not a warm worker make, especially with a windchill advisory that was extended through 10 a.m. Wednesday by the National Weather Service.
As gas prices plummet, consumers delight, but benefits don't go far

As gas prices plummet, consumers delight, but benefits don't go far

Among those benefiting are those who drive a lot and car dealers. Not so much: diesel fuel users and air passengers.
Minnetonka's Callison poised to become Hennepin County's top figure

Minnetonka's Callison poised to become Hennepin County's top figure

The former mayor and council member is seen as the favorite to be named chairwoman in 2015.
New details emerge in Hwy. 212 police shooting

New details emerge in Hwy. 212 police shooting

New documents and dash camera videos show the confusion and tension before police killed a couple.
Hennepin County Board criticizes sheriff's overtime costs

Hennepin County Board criticizes sheriff's overtime costs

Commissioners debate cuts to Stanek’s budget after overtime doubles to $5 million.
Tricked-out food truck keeps Vikings stadium workers well fed

Tricked-out food truck keeps Vikings stadium workers well fed

From his tricked-out truck parked before dawn on the edge of the gritty construction site of the new Minnesota Vikings stadium, Ryan McCann sells a…
Vikings exceeded ticket sales goals for new stadium in 2014

Vikings exceeded ticket sales goals for new stadium in 2014

The Minnesota Vikings are outperforming expectations off the field, if not on it. Ticket sales for the new $1.1 billion stadium are exceeding goals and the team is adding suites to accommodate demand, according to information released Monday by the team’s front office.
Opat won't run again for chairmanship of Hennepin County Board

Opat won't run again for chairmanship of Hennepin County Board

The 22-year Hennepin County commissioner has led the panel for nine years.
No. 10: NFL had a long, pricey and secret Super Bowl wish list for Minneapolis

No. 10: NFL had a long, pricey and secret Super Bowl wish list for Minneapolis

The National Football League had a long and expensive list of confidential requests before it awarded the 2018 Super Bowl to Minneapolis.
No. 1: Behind Adrian Peterson's perfect image lay an imperfect person

No. 1: Behind Adrian Peterson's perfect image lay an imperfect person

Adrian Peterson was the face of the Vikings and marketing magic, his brushes with the law and personal life ignored – until suddenly no one could look away.
Hennepin County increases levy; Ramsey County holds steady

Hennepin County increases levy; Ramsey County holds steady

Hennepin County increases by 2.1 percent while Ramsey County will again hold steady.
Vikings treat stadium workers to a free lunch

Vikings treat stadium workers to a free lunch

900 workers get burgers and Vikings hoodies in a show of thanks.
Vikings, 3M to test bird-safe film for stadium this spring

Vikings, 3M to test bird-safe film for stadium this spring

A Twin Cities-based manufacturing and innovation giant is working with the Minnesota Vikings on an effort to save migratory birds from colliding with 200,000 square feet of glass on the new stadium rising in Downtown East.
Twins will add bar, remove retail in $2.5M changes to Target Field

Twins will add bar, remove retail in $2.5M changes to Target Field

The bar would replace retail space on the main concourse between Gate 6 and the left-field foul pole. About 200 fans could gather at the new bar, which will be elevated, creating additional drink rows from which to see the field.
Gophers' McNeil appears in court on assault charges

Gophers' McNeil appears in court on assault charges

He’s charged with choking and whipping his girlfriend last week.
Megamall maven is amped up for her Super Bowl gig

Megamall maven is amped up for her Super Bowl gig

Maureen Bausch is about to leave shopping’s mecca for America’s No. 1 sporting event.
At 70, Hennepin County Judge Robert Small moves on to his next job

At 70, Hennepin County Judge Robert Small moves on to his next job

Just four months shy of a 50-year anniversary in public service, Hennepin County Judge Robert Small packed his boxes last week and moved out of…
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