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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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Vikings, Wells Fargo file competing motions in signage dispute

Vikings, Wells Fargo file competing motions in signage dispute

Judge Donovan Frank will conduct a hearing on June 3.
Bernhardson defeats Bransford in unusual election for Hennepin County chief judge

Bernhardson defeats Bransford in unusual election for Hennepin County chief judge

Bernhardson was the presumptive winner until Bransford jumped in to challenge her.
Now enough local Target Field workers to avoid busing in out-of-staters

Now enough local Target Field workers to avoid busing in out-of-staters

Twins games this weekend will be staged by local hires from new pool of applicants.

Fatality reported in overnight house fire in Brooklyn Park

Brooklyn Park fire chief says cause of blaze, death remain under investigation.
Harper Lee sent signed books to paralyzed hockey player Jack Jablonski

Harper Lee sent signed books to paralyzed hockey player Jack Jablonski

"As private as she was, she had a big heart for someone like Jack."
Willmar sailor's remains return home 72 years after his D-Day death

Willmar sailor's remains return home 72 years after his D-Day death

A nephew's years of sleuthing led to identification of remains in an unmarked grave in France.
Vikings stadium job fair begins in search for 2,500 part-time workers

Vikings stadium job fair begins in search for 2,500 part-time workers

Most are part time; many are union.

'World's meanest mom' punishes daughter by listing truck for sale

Ad offers a discount if buyer attends North Branch High School.
Nonprofit gives Fort Snelling a Dakota name – or does it?

Nonprofit gives Fort Snelling a Dakota name – or does it?

Fort Snelling has been dubbed "Bdote Fort Snelling" by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. But the nonprofit group doesn't have the authority to officially change the name of the state park and national historic landmark.
Target Field buses in workers for concessions from out of state

Target Field buses in workers for concessions from out of state

Last week, the first homestand of the season, had fans lining up for food and encountering poorly trained staff. Officials insists the team wants to hire locally, and has job fairs scheduled.
U study finds emojis are just another way to miscommunicate

U study finds emojis are just another way to miscommunicate

University of Minnesota researchers have found that anthropomorphic emojis, like language, can get lost in translation, causing significant misunderstandings.
U.S. Bank Stadium turns to finer points inside just weeks from finish line

U.S. Bank Stadium turns to finer points inside just weeks from finish line

With 95 percent of the U.S. Bank Stadium completed, the focus at Friday's oversight meeting was on the finer design points: concessions signs, personnel matters and the need to hire 24/7 staff for the building.
New Vikings stadium will open to the public July 23 and 24 for free tours

New Vikings stadium will open to the public July 23 and 24 for free tours

Tickets aren't yet available, but they will be free to public.
Rochelle Olson: My Perfect Saturday

Rochelle Olson: My Perfect Saturday

I start my perfect day indoors even though it’s a sunny summer Saturday, because my favorite instructor teaches a class at 7:30 a.m. every week…
Is Super Bowl worth $338M in spending? Math raises debate

Is Super Bowl worth $338M in spending? Math raises debate

Determining the net benefit relies on dozens of assumptions and calculations that can vary widely depending on who's running the numbers.

Henn. Co. sheriff's department wants to begin using drones this summer

Department is awaiting federal approval.

Reward offered for eagle found mutilated, dead near Albert Lea

Eagle found in plastic bag south of Albert Lea with talons, breast meat removed.
Wells Fargo, Vikings ordered to settlement talks over signs

Wells Fargo, Vikings ordered to settlement talks over signs

A federal judge has ordered the Minnesota Vikings and Wells Fargo into an April 26 settlement conference in their dispute over the bank's placement of signs on their two new bank towers near U.S. Bank Stadium.
Two Minnesota craft brewers are among top 50 for sales nationwide

Two Minnesota craft brewers are among top 50 for sales nationwide

Two Minnesota brewing companies cracked the top 50 in sales of craft brews, according to a report from a national brewers association. New Ulm-based August…
Pizza Luce, chili, poutine joining Twins' new food lineup at Target Field

Pizza Luce, chili, poutine joining Twins' new food lineup at Target Field

The Minnesota Twins' menu at Target Field this season will include pizza from Pizza Luce, Pecos Red River Chili from the Loon Cafe and Canadian favorite poutine.

Vikings announce VenueNext as creator of new stadium app

New app will integrate lots of information, content for fans at U.S. Bank Stadium

Three old-school phones mysteriously mounted on tree near Como Lake

Internet buzzed, but installation likely will be removed.
Vikings stadium purple seats ready, waiting for first event in 4 months

Vikings stadium purple seats ready, waiting for first event in 4 months

U.S. Bank Stadium's purple seats, which can be moved to add capacity for big events, are ready and waiting for the first event just four months away, according to an announcement Tuesday.
Three men charged in double killings at St. Paul's Midway Motel

Three men charged in double killings at St. Paul's Midway Motel

Police say they confiscated a stolen revolver from accused shooter's home.
Revival's hugely popular southern fried chicken coming to St. Paul

Revival's hugely popular southern fried chicken coming to St. Paul

Award-winning restaurant duo hopes for full liquor license, Sunday service
Bent Paddle Brewing fights Silver Bay City Council over ban at municipal liquor store

Bent Paddle Brewing fights Silver Bay City Council over ban at municipal liquor store

Bent Paddle is one of almost 70 businesses in the Downstream Business Coalition, which opposes copper mining in northeastern Minnesota, including PolyMet's project near Hoyt Lakes.
Vikings already expanding new stadium with a $7.5M event space

Vikings already expanding new stadium with a $7.5M event space

The space, called the "northeast expansion area," will be an event center at U.S. Bank Stadium. The stadium authority will pay the Vikings $300,000 annually to use the space.
Vikings submit 200 pages of plans for new headquarters

Vikings submit 200 pages of plans for new headquarters

Eagan Mayor Mike Maguire is expected to tout the arrival of the development plan in his state of the city address Thursday, while also emphasizing a need to make sure the details can be worked out for both sides.
Former congressman Mark Kennedy named UND president

Former congressman Mark Kennedy named UND president

He was recently director of graduate studies at George Washington University.
Charges: New Prague driver was texting when she killed pedestrian

Charges: New Prague driver was texting when she killed pedestrian

A New Prague woman faces criminal charges because her texting while driving caused her to hit and kill a 79-year-old man collecting his morning newspaper…
Chicago firm selected to protect Vikings fans at U.S. Bank Stadium

Chicago firm selected to protect Vikings fans at U.S. Bank Stadium

Officials tout Monterrey Security's experience and high standard as well as minority ownership.
Apology over Roseville Joe's Crab Shack's photo of hanging of black man

Apology over Roseville Joe's Crab Shack's photo of hanging of black man

The photo in a table display included a joke. "We just felt sick and confused," said a customer who objected to the restaurant manager.
Como Park High gets back to class after attack on teacher

Como Park High gets back to class after attack on teacher

Operations at the St. Paul school appeared normal after two high-profile incidents involving its teachers.
Pack up the parkas; we're having a heat wave that's here to stay

Pack up the parkas; we're having a heat wave that's here to stay

Pity the neighbors who blew their vacation budget on a spring getaway to escape the cold.On Monday, the Twin Cities area was toastier than all…

Delta Dental pays almost $5M for naming rights to new clinic at HCMC

Naming rights aren't just for pro sports teams and stadiums.Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation is giving $4.6 million to Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) for…
U.S. Bank Stadium operator looking to hire 2,500 part-time workers

U.S. Bank Stadium operator looking to hire 2,500 part-time workers

Interested applicants should apply online by April 15.
Vikings alums Matt Blair, Jim Marshall will display art at new stadium

Vikings alums Matt Blair, Jim Marshall will display art at new stadium

Vikings chief operating officer Kevin Warren said the team is proud to honor the players who "have maintained a deep connection to the organization following their successful football careers."

Gun safety groups plan caucus push to promote background checks

Volunteers will be at both DFL and Republican caucuses Tuesday.

State Supreme Court hears case of student suspended 2 years ago

The Court of Appeals had reversed the suspension of student Alyssa Drescher.

Help us help NDSU gather a new stanza for school song

Propose a replacement stanza to the Star Tribune.
U.S. Bank Stadium needs about $4M in repairs for leaky gutter

U.S. Bank Stadium needs about $4M in repairs for leaky gutter

Contractor M.A. Mortenson announced Friday that gutters on the roof of the $1.1 billion U.S. Bank Stadium were leaking and needed about $4 million in repairs. The work will affect about 30 percent of the roof, whose black panels will have to come down.

Vikings stadium deal resolves $16M dispute with contractor, for now

Sports authority, design team agree to put millions aside for Mortenson; Vikings kick in $5.5M more.
New Vikings stadium, 90 percent done, is 'right on track'

New Vikings stadium, 90 percent done, is 'right on track'

Mortenson Construction showed off the 90 percent complete Minnesota Vikings stadium Tuesday with a tour minutes after an upbeat announcement of a resolution with the state over $15 million in disputed costs on the $1.1 billion building.
Twin Cities' restaurateur Kostroski pulls off his 25th Taste of NFL event

Twin Cities' restaurateur Kostroski pulls off his 25th Taste of NFL event

Chefs serve up dazzling dishes with truffles, foie gras and crawfish, representing the nation at this popular longtime fundraiser for food banks.
Minneapolis on deck as Houston takes ball for next Super Bowl

Minneapolis on deck as Houston takes ball for next Super Bowl

Houston plays host to the 2017 Super Bowl, then comes Minneapolis in 2018 — Super Bowl LII, to be precise, at U.S. Bank Stadium. Minnesota's big-game planners were out in force last week in the Bay Area.
Super Bowl brunch draws Twin Cities tourism, sports, business brass

Super Bowl brunch draws Twin Cities tourism, sports, business brass

Former Viking Matt Birk calls Super Bowl "the biggest secular holiday that we have."
Minnesotans watch and learn from San Francisco's Super Bowl

Minnesotans watch and learn from San Francisco's Super Bowl

When Minneapolis' turn to host comes in 2018, activity will be concentrated in a smaller, colder city.
Spoiler alert: Puppy Bowl theme might not be about puppies this year

Spoiler alert: Puppy Bowl theme might not be about puppies this year

Thick crowds gather to watch cute canines wrestle around a fake football field.
Minnesota host committee hits the ground in San Francisco, at Super Bowl

Minnesota host committee hits the ground in San Francisco, at Super Bowl

The days are long and packed for members of Minnesota's Super Bowl Host Committee as they observe, learn and plan.
Vikings: 90 percent of stadium-builder licenses sold

Vikings: 90 percent of stadium-builder licenses sold

The team also has commitments for 123 of 131 of the new suites at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Fargo student replaces gun with eagle to get photo in yearbook

Fargo student replaces gun with eagle to get photo in yearbook

Fargo high school said rifle in yearbook picture violated several policies.

Minnesota travel agents seeing some cancellations because of Zika virus

Local travel agents are warning anyone going to affected areas.
Movie house buys rights to 'Little House on the Prairie'

Movie house buys rights to 'Little House on the Prairie'

Hollywood's taking another shot at turning the literary luminaries of the prairie into stars of the silver screen.
Wells Fargo can keep signs up near Vikings stadium for now

Wells Fargo can keep signs up near Vikings stadium for now

The Vikings had argued the signs photo-bomb the adjacent U.S. Bank Stadium, violating a contract. But the team received some hope for success later.
Lake Superior ice cave visits in doubt this year

Lake Superior ice cave visits in doubt this year

Warm El Niño winter is limiting formation of ice.
Who do you think should play Pa?

Who do you think should play Pa?

Hollywood hasn’t weighed in on who would play Ma, Pa, Laura and the like, if and when “Little House on the Prairie” makes it to…
First of signature glass doors opens on Vikings' new stadium

First of signature glass doors opens on Vikings' new stadium

The first of five massive, pivoting glass doors at U.S. Bank Stadium is in place, partly working and visible to anyone passing by for the coming weeks.
Five planets to be visible in morning sky for couple of weeks

Five planets to be visible in morning sky for couple of weeks

On a clear day, the planets can be seen without a telescope, but binoculars might help. The event is visible through mid-February, but gets more challenging later in the month.
Oops! U.S. Figure Skating program puts wrong Twin City in spotlight

Oops! U.S. Figure Skating program puts wrong Twin City in spotlight

“You may notice some things have changed since we last hosted this great event in 2008,” St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman wrote in a welcome…
More than half of Minnesota counties now have tick infestations

More than half of Minnesota counties now have tick infestations

Infested Minnesota counties grow from nine to 45.
Vikings finalize land purchase in Eagan, could move headquarters

Vikings finalize land purchase in Eagan, could move headquarters

The land might be the future site for the team's headquarters and also for mixed-use development.
Dalai Lama receiving treatment for a common prostate issue at Mayo

Dalai Lama receiving treatment for a common prostate issue at Mayo

The Dalai Lama is receiving treatment for a common prostate condition at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. A Mayo spokeswoman said the Tibetan Buddhist leader’s…
Dayton's scion Bob Dayton, who owned the Harold store, dies

Dayton's scion Bob Dayton, who owned the Harold store, dies

He spent his early career in the family business before buying Harold department store.
Minneapolis students walk out to protest immigration policies

Minneapolis students walk out to protest immigration policies

A couple hundred students from Washburn, Southwest and other high schools took part in the march.
Judge to Vikings, Wells Fargo over signs: Why can't you work it out?

Judge to Vikings, Wells Fargo over signs: Why can't you work it out?

The team argued in court that the bank's signs encroach on the new stadium's image. The bank said they cause no harm.
New Vikings stadium 87 percent complete

New Vikings stadium 87 percent complete

Hiring of 1,700 concession workers set for spring – in plenty of time for July opening.
Vikings kicker Blair Walsh tells 1st-graders he'll 'cherish' their cards forever

Vikings kicker Blair Walsh tells 1st-graders he'll 'cherish' their cards forever

The Blaine students wrote to the Vikings kicker after his missed field goal Sunday.
North Dakota hands out first Bakken scholarship as oil prices slide

North Dakota hands out first Bakken scholarship as oil prices slide

Seven years ago, the fast-chugging oil economy in western North Dakota lured Warren Logan from his hometown in Riverton, Wyo. As oil prices sank this…
Have the Vikings been cursed by a northern Bambino?

Have the Vikings been cursed by a northern Bambino?

Some familiar names pondered the curse word Monday, the morning after the Vikings snatched defeat from victory.
Wells Fargo to Vikings: Our signs are just fine, thank you

Wells Fargo to Vikings: Our signs are just fine, thank you

"A sign is made to be seen," bank says in legal response.
Mpls. man will remain in custody pending trial over alleged threats to judge, attorneys

Mpls. man will remain in custody pending trial over alleged threats to judge, attorneys

The federal judge ruled that the man's contacts with ISIL made him a threat.
Vikings' growing media network takes game to fans '365/24/7'

Vikings' growing media network takes game to fans '365/24/7'

And the new stadium will allow the team's media-ops to rocket to another level.
Hennepin County finding new ways to fill rash of upcoming job openings

Hennepin County finding new ways to fill rash of upcoming job openings

As retirements loom, Hennepin Co. uses new paths to fill jobs, diversify
Twin Cities swim coach wants to bring Olympic pool in Coon Rapids

Twin Cities swim coach wants to bring Olympic pool in Coon Rapids

The new center would be open to all clubs for practice and competition.
Dayton wants special session answer by Jan. 8; Daudt doubtful

Dayton wants special session answer by Jan. 8; Daudt doubtful

Gov. Mark Dayton has told legislative leaders they have until Friday to reach "firm agreement" on whether to hold a special session, and the House speaker isn't optimistic that will happen.
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