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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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Department of Justice wants Wetterling case documents returned to the FBI

Department of Justice wants Wetterling case documents returned to the FBI

The federal government argued in a complaint filed Tuesday that the FBI documents were merely on loan to Stearns County law enforcement and should be returned.
St. Paul slides into Super Bowl party mode with giant snowslide, winter market

St. Paul slides into Super Bowl party mode with giant snowslide, winter market

A 40-foot snowslide at CHS Field and a night market are among the activities planned.
'Giant of Minnesota politics' Warren Spannaus dies at 86

'Giant of Minnesota politics' Warren Spannaus dies at 86

Former Minnesota Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Warren Spannaus, known for pushing Minnesota's landmark gun-control law and for his longtime friendship and professional partnership with…
At 26, he's already played architect to 3 Super Bowls

At 26, he's already played architect to 3 Super Bowls

Event wunderkind Kyle Chank has his hands full with complicated logistics.
Tickets to Super Bowl media night event sell out in less than an hour

Tickets to Super Bowl media night event sell out in less than an hour

Next up: Tickets to the Super Bowl Experience go on sale Dec. 5.
Young Minnesota chefs picked to prepare Super Bowl treats next week in Snack Challenge

Young Minnesota chefs picked to prepare Super Bowl treats next week in Snack Challenge

Celebrity chefs will judge the youngsters, with the winner announced during Super Bowl week.
Tickets on sale Wednesday for Super Bowl media day

Tickets on sale Wednesday for Super Bowl media day

Televised festival, to be held at Xcel, will be first public look at players from both NFL teams.
Director of U.S. Bank Stadium's oversight board announces retirement citing health reasons

Director of U.S. Bank Stadium's oversight board announces retirement citing health reasons

The executive director of U.S. Bank Stadium’s public oversight body tearfully announced his surprise retirement Friday, citing health reasons. Rick Evans has been the…
Super Bowl will limit light-rail use to ticket holders on game day

Super Bowl will limit light-rail use to ticket holders on game day

Only ticket holders for the game can board on game day; all others must ride buses.
Officials push transit, Uber in planning for Super Bowl week

Officials push transit, Uber in planning for Super Bowl week

The takeaway : Use mass transit when possible.
Purple army deploys as 10,000 Super Bowl volunteers hold rally

Purple army deploys as 10,000 Super Bowl volunteers hold rally

Most of the 10,000 volunteers for Super Bowl LII joyfully raised their thundersticks and new “Bold North” purple mittens at a pep rally-orientation Sunday for…
Super Bowl host committee raises $50M; street closures planned

Super Bowl host committee raises $50M; street closures planned

The committee released detailed plans on street closings downtown, beginning two weeks before the game.
Expect rooftop snipers, restricted access and lots of security for Super Bowl

Expect rooftop snipers, restricted access and lots of security for Super Bowl

Planners have been going building by building around the stadium figuring out security logistics.
ESPN chooses IDS Crystal Court for Super Bowl week set

ESPN chooses IDS Crystal Court for Super Bowl week set

ESPN will broadcast from inside the skyscraper beginning on Wednesday before the game.
U.S. Bank Stadium authority, legislators agree on need for more oversight of building's operator

U.S. Bank Stadium authority, legislators agree on need for more oversight of building's operator

With the Super Bowl in February, officials want a smooth operation.
Prince tribute, and maybe Janet Jackson, in works for Super Bowl Live series

Prince tribute, and maybe Janet Jackson, in works for Super Bowl Live series

The pop mega-producers discussed their plans for the free outdoor concerts as organizers unveiled the look and layout.
Jam, Lewis to come home, bringing top talent to free Super Bowl concerts

Jam, Lewis to come home, bringing top talent to free Super Bowl concerts

Two star producers will coordinate the acts for the 10-day public event starting Jan. 26.
Washington Post star mocks Minnesota, gets the Twitter treatment

Washington Post star mocks Minnesota, gets the Twitter treatment

The reporter lampooned the "Prairie Home Companion" radio show and, surprise, Minnesotans on Twitter reflexively pushed back.
Minnesota Vikings offer first look of new Eagan practice facility and HQ

Minnesota Vikings offer first look of new Eagan practice facility and HQ

Vikings owner Zygi Wilf says massive new HQ is "as exciting as they come."
Free Super Bowl tickets for Minneapolis youth team kick off nationwide giveaway

Free Super Bowl tickets for Minneapolis youth team kick off nationwide giveaway

Entire eighth-grade park team players and coaches get first of 500 free tickets to big game Feb. 4.
Glossy new Target Center unveiled after multiyear renovation

Glossy new Target Center unveiled after multiyear renovation

Target Center's $140 million renovation gives a new-look team a new-look arena.
Vikings-Packers provides Super Bowl security preview

Vikings-Packers provides Super Bowl security preview

The full house of 66,848 at U.S. Bank Stadium offered an opportunity for Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee members to check the operation.
Barricades are being removed on south end of Nicollet Mall

Barricades are being removed on south end of Nicollet Mall

The mall's new design elements are also starting to take shape, from tree plantings and new seating areas to a mirrored "light walk" between 6th and 7th streets.
Skol: The Mountain comes to Minn. to amp up Vikings game-day chant

Skol: The Mountain comes to Minn. to amp up Vikings game-day chant

The "Game of Thrones" star will sound the gjallarhorn and lead fans in the Skol chant on Sunday.
U.S. Bank Stadium security, operators in hot seat at Capitol

U.S. Bank Stadium security, operators in hot seat at Capitol

A legislative hearing on security contracts at U.S. Bank Stadium got rough Thursday when the operator of the $1.1 billion building didn't know whether security officers were required to have photos on their ID badges.
Thanks but no thanks: 10,000 Super Bowl volunteers selected from 30,000 applicants

Thanks but no thanks: 10,000 Super Bowl volunteers selected from 30,000 applicants

Next up for Crew 52 — a Nov. 12 orientation at Xcel.
Parlour Burgers, sushi burritos added to menu after Target Center facelift

Parlour Burgers, sushi burritos added to menu after Target Center facelift

The building and its food will debut Oct. 20 for the Timberwolves home opener.
Super Bowl execs swarm Twin Cities for most 'complex' event

Super Bowl execs swarm Twin Cities for most 'complex' event

"This is as complex a Super Bowl as we've ever had to plan and lay out," one NFL executive said.

Fight over release of contested Wetterling documents expands

Judge to decide if FBI reports in Stearns County killing can be released.
Renovated Metropolitan Club at Target Field to be open to all next season

Renovated Metropolitan Club at Target Field to be open to all next season

The renovation is the largest offseason upgrade to the ballpark since it opened in 2010.
Lindsay Whalen working out before sunrise is the best thing to happen today

Lindsay Whalen working out before sunrise is the best thing to happen today

The 35-year-old Lynx point guard is too busy sweating to listen to your retirement questions.
Super snacks are basis for Minnesota kids' contest for Super Bowl cooking

Super snacks are basis for Minnesota kids' contest for Super Bowl cooking

Get your children into the kitchen to prep recipes for this Super Bowl of a cooking contest. But hurry. The deadline is Oct. 16.
Man charged in unmooring of Duluth tour boats boasted of expertise

Man charged in unmooring of Duluth tour boats boasted of expertise

Greenwood 47-year-old confessed to authorities.
Ellison: Alabama's Roy Moore 'completely unfit' to serve in U.S. Senate

Ellison: Alabama's Roy Moore 'completely unfit' to serve in U.S. Senate

The U.S. representative from Minneapolis weighed in after Moore won the Alabama Republican primary runoff for U.S. Senate.
U.S. Bank Stadium security firm is fired after investigation

U.S. Bank Stadium security firm is fired after investigation

U.S. Bank Stadium operator SMG abruptly terminated Tuesday the contract with security provider Monterrey Security one year into a three-year contract amid concerns that it failed to comply with state licensing requirements for its employees.
Hudson, Wis., woman fights City Hall to keep her downtown beauty shop pink

Hudson, Wis., woman fights City Hall to keep her downtown beauty shop pink

Woman is fighting Hudson City Hall, which says her house should be a muted, neutral hue.
Police arrest Excelsior man after Vista Fleet tour boats released in Duluth

Police arrest Excelsior man after Vista Fleet tour boats released in Duluth

Questions remain about how the boats were released.
Media, watchdog groups will be able to argue for release of Wetterling documents, judge rules

Media, watchdog groups will be able to argue for release of Wetterling documents, judge rules

The judge's ruling allows those seeking more public access to make their case.
U.S. Bank Stadium repairs run behind, with Super Bowl closing in

U.S. Bank Stadium repairs run behind, with Super Bowl closing in

Ongoing repairs to the zinc-paneled exterior of the 13-month-old stadium remain visible with no hard deadline for completion.
Robbinsdale's hot Travail restaurant sells discounted tickets for last-minute seats

Robbinsdale's hot Travail restaurant sells discounted tickets for last-minute seats

The foodie hot spot is known for its 15-course tasting menu.
Mystic Lake Casino locks up massive, glitzy nightclub for the Super Bowl

Mystic Lake Casino locks up massive, glitzy nightclub for the Super Bowl

During Super Bowl week early next year, Mystic Lake Casino will host a massive traveling nightclub for four days that counts some of pop music's biggest stars among its attractions as it has roamed the country.
Minnesota Vikings hire 18-year-old consultant to connect with Gen Z

Minnesota Vikings hire 18-year-old consultant to connect with Gen Z

Vikings exec says marketing is Jonah Stillman's business.
$5,000? Make that $65K raised for Philando Castile lunch fund

$5,000? Make that $65K raised for Philando Castile lunch fund

Online campaign in honor of Philando Castile far exceeds original goal.
'It's a lot of detail': Super Bowl plans run through host committee exec

'It's a lot of detail': Super Bowl plans run through host committee exec

As part of his daily routine, the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee's chief operating officer, Dave Haselman, habitually tests the precision of his planning skills.
Chaska couple escape San Juan on Twitter-famous Delta flight that pierced Irma's bands

Chaska couple escape San Juan on Twitter-famous Delta flight that pierced Irma's bands

The Delta flight was the last one into San Juan before Irma hit and quickly loaded passengers to return to the U.S.
Purple reign? Petition calls for Prince statue to replace Columbus at state Capitol

Purple reign? Petition calls for Prince statue to replace Columbus at state Capitol

Purple Rain? Love Sexy? Which Prince would rise in St. Paul?
Got a fearless kid? Young Olympic hopefuls wanted for luge tryouts in Mpls.

Got a fearless kid? Young Olympic hopefuls wanted for luge tryouts in Mpls.

Former Olympian Tony Benshoof of White Bear Lake was recruited at such an event decades ago.
Philando Castile fund aims to wipe out lunch debts at St. Paul school

Philando Castile fund aims to wipe out lunch debts at St. Paul school

The event aims to connect a lasting connection to the former school nutrition supervisor.

UMD College Republicans official steps down after white supremacist posts on Facebook page

In a statement, the group's president called the posts "tasteless," as well as "inappropriate and not representing the values of our organization."
Media argues case to intervene in Jacob Wetterling documents dispute

Media argues case to intervene in Jacob Wetterling documents dispute

Murder victim's parents argue some documents are too intensely private.
St. Paul Winter Carnival plans ice palace for Super Bowl, but cost not set

St. Paul Winter Carnival plans ice palace for Super Bowl, but cost not set

Organizers say the cost could run anywhere from $2 million to $15 million, depending on the community and fundraising response.
Wilfs teaming up with Nashville billionaire on MLS team bid for Tennessee

Wilfs teaming up with Nashville billionaire on MLS team bid for Tennessee

Mark Wilf says owning a Nashville soccer team wouldn't be a distraction.
Mankato businesses face life without the Vikings after 52 years

Mankato businesses face life without the Vikings after 52 years

The college town ponders the loss of a modest economic boost and its annual moment in the purple spotlight.
At Bloomington mosque, Dayton calls blast an 'act of terrorism'

At Bloomington mosque, Dayton calls blast an 'act of terrorism'

In announcing a $24,000 award offered for information leading to the perpetrator, Asad Zaman, executive director of the Muslim America Society of Minnesota, said, "We are saddened."
Pickle beer and Red Bull slushies among new brews at State Fair

Pickle beer and Red Bull slushies among new brews at State Fair

The State Fair will serve new brews inspired by and flavored with everything from lingonberries, apples and cucumbers to cotton candy, Red Bull and Limoncello.
Minnesota biodiesel standards to double in 2018

Minnesota biodiesel standards to double in 2018

Gov. Mark Dayton cancels trip to Minnesota Farmfest due to illness.
Adding women's locker room among upgrades at U.S. Bank Stadium

Adding women's locker room among upgrades at U.S. Bank Stadium

Expanded kitchen in the Hyundai Club also in the works.
Dayton appeals ruling that rejected his line-item veto strategy

Dayton appeals ruling that rejected his line-item veto strategy

The governor is arguing that his office must be protected from legislative encroachment.
Wetterlings file legal motion to keep media out of privacy fight over investigative files

Wetterlings file legal motion to keep media out of privacy fight over investigative files

In a motion filed this week, the Wetterlings say the media shouldn't have access to contested documents.
Legislative auditor: U should consider limiting regents' friends, family at TCF Bank Stadium suite

Legislative auditor: U should consider limiting regents' friends, family at TCF Bank Stadium suite

Policy is that "strategic guests are supplemented with family and friends, who are always welcome in the suite," a new report notes.
U.S. Bank Stadium's security firm awaits decision from regulatory board on license renewal

U.S. Bank Stadium's security firm awaits decision from regulatory board on license renewal

Chicago-based Monterrey Security chief spoke briefly before the panel deferred vote.
Wright County boy beats back E. coli that killed younger sister

Wright County boy beats back E. coli that killed younger sister

"It's so great to see he is finally starting to feel better," mom writes on CaringBridge.
At MSP Airport, the day after the Super Bowl will be a super test

At MSP Airport, the day after the Super Bowl will be a super test

On Monday, Feb. 5, an estimated 70,000 commercial air travelers will arrive at MSP to fly out.
In new dispute, Vikings say stadium agency can't sell seats

In new dispute, Vikings say stadium agency can't sell seats

The team says the suites were "gifted" by the team to the MSFA for the agency's use only. The MSFA disagrees.
Goats at work: St. Paul's weed-eating brigade moves to another park

Goats at work: St. Paul's weed-eating brigade moves to another park

The goats have been eating invasive plants at Indian Mounds park since May.
Vikings, Mankato parting ways after one final training camp

Vikings, Mankato parting ways after one final training camp

Training camp generally draws about 60,000 fans to Mankato over two weeks. The Vikings expect more visitors to their new suburban facility, but won't put a number on how many.
Target Center looks to get back in the game with $140M renovation

Target Center looks to get back in the game with $140M renovation

When the new Minnesota Timberwolves season opens in three months, Target Center will look as rejuvenated as the team's new roster.
Dayton names new chair of U.S. Bank Stadium oversight board

Dayton names new chair of U.S. Bank Stadium oversight board

Turnaround executive Mike Vekich takes over in wake of MSFA suites controversy.
Target Field charity policy for public suite is an instant hit

Target Field charity policy for public suite is an instant hit

The Minnesota Ballpark Authority also heard about the Twins' plans to improve the main concourse in the offseason.
Minnesota Super Bowl volunteer center to open on Nicollet Mall

Minnesota Super Bowl volunteer center to open on Nicollet Mall

Former Sports Authority corner will serve as the headquarters through the game Feb. 4.
X Games bring global spotlight, big show, traffic to U.S. Bank Stadium

X Games bring global spotlight, big show, traffic to U.S. Bank Stadium

Up to 160,000 fans likely in Minneapolis over four days.
Dayton declares 'Spam Day' in Minnesota

Dayton declares 'Spam Day' in Minnesota

He called the canned meat a "uniquely Minnesota icon."
Judge extends deadline for Wetterlings to identify disputed documents

Judge extends deadline for Wetterlings to identify disputed documents

As new issues arise, including an FBI request, a judge moves the deadline to challenge the release of some documents to July 31.
Minnesota's top election official won't give voter info to Trump panel

Minnesota's top election official won't give voter info to Trump panel

Steve Simon questioned whether Minnesota law would allow him to do it and what end the information would be used.
No quick fix for commute woes near downtown Minneapolis

No quick fix for commute woes near downtown Minneapolis

Road construction, light-rail repairs and rain combined to turn the Wednesday morning commute into a long slog. A Metro Transit official warns that rush-hour relief might not come until next week.
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