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Rochelle Olson

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Rochelle Olson covers St. Paul City Hall and Ramsey County government.
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U.S. Bank Stadium oversight panel closes out era of Kelm-Helgen, Mondale

U.S. Bank Stadium oversight panel closes out era of Kelm-Helgen, Mondale

Incoming Chair Blatz comes on board with lots of questions in first session.
Kathleen Blatz selected as interim chief of U.S. Bank Stadium panel

Kathleen Blatz selected as interim chief of U.S. Bank Stadium panel

Gov. Dayton appoints former chief justice as interim chair to "turn the page."
Dayton to announce interim chief to U.S. Bank Stadium oversight panel Thursday

Dayton to announce interim chief to U.S. Bank Stadium oversight panel Thursday

Panel's top two officials resigned last week under legislative pressure.
New leadership for U.S. Bank Stadium is in the works, Dayton says

New leadership for U.S. Bank Stadium is in the works, Dayton says

Replacements for the two departed top officials on U.S. Bank Stadium's oversight panel are likely to come next week.
Mondale joins Kelm-Helgen in resigning from stadium panel

Mondale joins Kelm-Helgen in resigning from stadium panel

The two highest-profile public officials on the U.S. Bank Stadium oversight committee left their jobs amid public and legislative pressure after revelations of two luxury suites used to host friends and family at games and concerts.
Stadium panel being reshaped after luxury suites controversy

Stadium panel being reshaped after luxury suites controversy

A legislative effort to reshape the U.S. Bank Stadium oversight panel pushed ahead Tuesday despite a headwind of opposition from Gov. Mark Dayton.
Auditor: U.S. Bank Stadium panel violated ethics with free tickets

Auditor: U.S. Bank Stadium panel violated ethics with free tickets

The legislative auditor said the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority "violated a core ethical principle" by providing 158 tickets to family members and friends for U.S. Bank Stadium. Three GOP legislators called for the dissolution and replacement of the panel.
Focus turns north as Houston hands off to Minnesota's host committee

Focus turns north as Houston hands off to Minnesota's host committee

As the clock expired in Houston, it reset to a countdown to Minneapolis in '18.
Super Bowl planners promise Minnesotans will be blown away next year

Super Bowl planners promise Minnesotans will be blown away next year

Where Houston is a big city always ready to host a major convention, the Twin Cities will do more with less money, less infrastructure, less political support and much lower temperatures.
For Minnesotans in Houston, there's plenty of homework

For Minnesotans in Houston, there's plenty of homework

The state's committee is in Houston this week to study how next year's event can have a local flavor.
Ruling expected soon for 10 Gophers football players

Ruling expected soon for 10 Gophers football players

Over two days, a panel heard the Gophers' appeals of their recommended punishments.
Hearing continues for suspended Gophers football players

Hearing continues for suspended Gophers football players

All are enrolled in the current semester at the university but have been recommended for penalties from expulsion to probation for their roles in an alleged sexual assault last fall.
Vikings want to do more for women — set up advisory board

Vikings want to do more for women — set up advisory board

Focus is on women in the stands, the organization and the community.
Suspended Gophers get closed-door hearings in alleged sexual assault

Suspended Gophers get closed-door hearings in alleged sexual assault

Suspended Gophers football players begin closed-door hearings.
Glen Taylor paying $9 million more for Target Center renovations

Glen Taylor paying $9 million more for Target Center renovations

New funds push project's cost to $138 million.
Audit on MSFA stadium suite use delayed for joint legislative hearing

Audit on MSFA stadium suite use delayed for joint legislative hearing

Release now due in February to coincide with House-Senate hearing on MSFA use of suites.
Yarn shops report a run on pink as women prepare for protests

Yarn shops report a run on pink as women prepare for protests

From bright fuchsia to a delicate petal, pinks are in demand at some Twin Cities yarn shops in advance of women's protest marches planned in…
Prince divorce file shows luxe lifestyle, dispute over videos, jewels, photos

Prince divorce file shows luxe lifestyle, dispute over videos, jewels, photos

The Star Tribune moved to unseal the files after questioning whether they would shed light on why Prince was taking painkillers, any potential heirs, or the value of his estate.
Former Minnesota Supreme Court chief justice headed to U.S. Bank Stadium oversight panel

Former Minnesota Supreme Court chief justice headed to U.S. Bank Stadium oversight panel

Kathleen Blatz was appointed by Gov. Mark Dayton.
Kelm-Helgen defends stadium suite use in House hearing

Kelm-Helgen defends stadium suite use in House hearing

But she acknowledged outcry and says policy has been changed.
U.S. Bank Stadium suite guests feasted on $32,000 in food on state dime

U.S. Bank Stadium suite guests feasted on $32,000 in food on state dime

The first of several committee hearings examining the operations of the stadium begin Wednesday.
At White House, Obama tells forlorn R.T. Rybak 'We aren't done yet'

At White House, Obama tells forlorn R.T. Rybak 'We aren't done yet'

The former mayor's social media post on his White House visit went viral.

Lawyers' bills challenged in Prince estate case

Special administrator's filing says that some assets squandered by legal teams.
Stadium protester's activism runs in his family

Stadium protester's activism runs in his family

Son follows path of dad, former Green Party leader Dean Zimmermann.
Stadium protesters passed through security with rope, other supplies

Stadium protesters passed through security with rope, other supplies

Disruption at Sunday's Vikings game raises concerns about security.
Stadium protesters won't be charged until investigation is done

Stadium protesters won't be charged until investigation is done

Charges against pipeline protesters could be filed after investigation done.
WDGY Radio personality, 'Bowling for Dollars' host Johnny Canton dies

WDGY Radio personality, 'Bowling for Dollars' host Johnny Canton dies

Longtime Twin Cities radio personality John Canton, a popular disc jockey at WDGY more widely known as Johnny Canton, died Saturday at age 75.Canton, of…
Two pipeline protesters arrested after hanging banner at Vikings game

Two pipeline protesters arrested after hanging banner at Vikings game

Play was not interrupted as the two men, one wearing a No. 4 Brett Favre Vikings jersey, were suspended in air above section 120. Six rows of fans were cleared below the protestors.
Two Dakota Access Pipeline protesters scaled the indoor heights of U.S. Bank Stadium during Vikings game

Two Dakota Access Pipeline protesters scaled the indoor heights of U.S. Bank Stadium during Vikings game

2 men hang banner at U.S. Bank Stadium over Dakota Access pipeline.
U.S. Bank Stadium panels come loose again during windstorm

U.S. Bank Stadium panels come loose again during windstorm

The exterior panels failed early Monday morning, during a stretch of extremely wet and windy weather. One panel fell to the ground.
Longtime swim coach, former Gophers star Tim Daly dies

Longtime swim coach, former Gophers star Tim Daly dies

From his days as a star on the swim teams of Bloomington Lincoln High School and the University of Minnesota to a beloved coach at west metro clubs and high schools, Tim Daly left a network of coaches, teammates and swimmers who mourned his Christmas Eve death.
Men face backlash over false posts about stadium opening to homeless

Men face backlash over false posts about stadium opening to homeless

Minneapolis man apologizes for his false Twitter claim about U.S. Bank Stadium.
Virtual Vikings: Team wants fans on its app for food, replays

Virtual Vikings: Team wants fans on its app for food, replays

Vikings say fans can more easily find parking, order food ahead and earn rewards.
Stadium agency bans friends, family from state-owned suites

Stadium agency bans friends, family from state-owned suites

The agency that runs U.S. Bank Stadium banned friends and family from using two luxury suites that for weeks has embroiled in controversy the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority and its leaders.
U.S. Bank suite guests included longtime DFL activists, friends

U.S. Bank suite guests included longtime DFL activists, friends

The list of guests released this week shows that many of the people invited into the two suites controlled by a public authority were politically connected DFLers and their friends.
Attorneys for officer claim Castile was high on marijuana, not responsive

Attorneys for officer claim Castile was high on marijuana, not responsive

Jeronimo Yanez asks court to dismiss manslaughter charge against him in Castile's death last summer
MSFA identifies guests who used stadium suites; changes policy

MSFA identifies guests who used stadium suites; changes policy

The government body that runs U.S. Bank Stadium proposed a ban on the recently revealed practice of board members bringing friends and family as guests to Vikings games and concerts.
Dayton: Vikings opposition to Minnesota United at U.S. Bank Stadium is 'sour grapes'

Dayton: Vikings opposition to Minnesota United at U.S. Bank Stadium is 'sour grapes'

Governor added that he was "shocked" by the Vikings position.
Stadium officials clear to name suite guests, says data privacy expert

Stadium officials clear to name suite guests, says data privacy expert

"They're hiding behind the complexity of the language," said Don Gemberling, the former top data privacy official in Minnesota.
10 U officials got free access to MSFA suites at Vikings stadium

10 U officials got free access to MSFA suites at Vikings stadium

The university provided the names, adding that though the officials' attendance was "clearly work-related, the involved individuals value their public roles and the public's desire for transparency."
Vikings threaten to sue over talk of soccer at U.S. Bank Stadium

Vikings threaten to sue over talk of soccer at U.S. Bank Stadium

The owners of the Major League Soccer expansion franchise the Minnesota United are in talks about playing games at U.S. Bank Stadium — and it has left the stadium's primary tenant, the Minnesota Vikings, crying foul and threatening to sue.
Auditor will investigate stadium panel's use of 2 suites

Auditor will investigate stadium panel's use of 2 suites

The state's top auditor said he has opened a "priority" investigation into the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority's control of two prime luxury suites at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Work or perk? Stadium execs have free access to luxury suites

Work or perk? Stadium execs have free access to luxury suites

The suites are for marketing purposes. The government appointees admit friends and family are often in attendance but decline to say who else joins them.
Critic of stadium management loses board seat

Critic of stadium management loses board seat

Gov. Mark Dayton did not reappoint John Griffith.
Minnetonka middle-schoolers develop bird-safe glass solution for U.S. Bank Stadium

Minnetonka middle-schoolers develop bird-safe glass solution for U.S. Bank Stadium

Ultraviolet film could reduce bird collisions, they found.
Howard Lake hunter's luck changes big time in bagging 36-point buck

Howard Lake hunter's luck changes big time in bagging 36-point buck

Sitting in a lawn chair just before dusk Friday with his 20-gauge Winchester shotgun, Jim Wackler heard the buck coming "like a freight train."
Charges: St. Paul man raped 3 women in van

Charges: St. Paul man raped 3 women in van

The rapes were committed inside a van on the east side of St. Paul.
Humane Society offers $6,000 reward for tips on Hopkins dog poisonings

Humane Society offers $6,000 reward for tips on Hopkins dog poisonings

One dog died and two have suffered liver damage.
Vikings want to find out how loud U.S. Bank Stadium can become

Vikings want to find out how loud U.S. Bank Stadium can become

Team is testing crowd's volume at new stadium.
Hopkins police seek public's help in possible dog poisonings

Hopkins police seek public's help in possible dog poisonings

Antifreeze and blocks of poison have been places in dog food and yards of dog owners.
Aramark paying local partners at U.S. Bank Stadium 3 months later

Aramark paying local partners at U.S. Bank Stadium 3 months later

A "clerical" error was the cause of the delays, an Aramark spokesman said.
Fhima, Timberwolves reveal menu items for new suites at Target Center

Fhima, Timberwolves reveal menu items for new suites at Target Center

The unveiling of menus at sports arenas continues, with a look at the home of Twin Cities basketball.
Maplewood woman charged with murder in 4th heroin death

Maplewood woman charged with murder in 4th heroin death

Beverly "Ice" Burrell faces murder trial in the ODs.
U.S. Bank Stadium will open for runners, in-line skaters on limited nights this winter

U.S. Bank Stadium will open for runners, in-line skaters on limited nights this winter

U.S. Bank concourses will be open for 16 nights this winter.
Ready for winter? Forecasters are, with some seeing big cold

Ready for winter? Forecasters are, with some seeing big cold

Predictions range from slightly colder to the dreaded polar vortex. Paul Douglas has a big but: "It's a little like predicting now how your fantasy football team is going to be doing in January."
Yes, some panels are supposed to be off U.S. Bank Stadium this week

Yes, some panels are supposed to be off U.S. Bank Stadium this week

Inspectors are checking a fix to the building's moisture barrier.

Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee wants your videos for upcoming handoff from Houston

Host committee planning one large game of catch.
Fall colors peaking; head south for best views this weekend

Fall colors peaking; head south for best views this weekend

This weekend is the last best chance for viewing.
4 days in jail for texting driver who killed man getting his paper

4 days in jail for texting driver who killed man getting his paper

The driver, who was texting with her daughter at time of crash, told the court that she thinks about the man she killed every day. The New Prague man was crossing the street to get his morning paper.
Minnesota Wild rolls out new foods for upcoming home season starting Oct. 15

Minnesota Wild rolls out new foods for upcoming home season starting Oct. 15

Ready to eat at the hockey arena? The Wild is.
Twins want $1.65 million to upgrade lighting at Target Field

Twins want $1.65 million to upgrade lighting at Target Field

The new, efficient, energy sipping lights wouldn't require replacement and come with a 20-year warranty. The lights are similar to what has been installed at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Airbnb reports spike in Twin Cities rentals for Ryder Cup

Airbnb reports spike in Twin Cities rentals for Ryder Cup

Nearly 3,500 guests stayed in a four-county area between the Twin Cities and Chaska.
Dog survives six months alone in Eagan woods

Dog survives six months alone in Eagan woods

"I assumed it was a coyote that caught up with its pack or a dog that was killed," an Eagan animal control officer said.
Twin Cities Marathon runners shut out of U.S. Bank Stadium

Twin Cities Marathon runners shut out of U.S. Bank Stadium

The 20,000 runners gathering before dawn for the Twin Cities Marathon and 10-mile runs won't be able to stretch out and stay warm inside U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday morning because of a Vikings game.
Ryder Cup breakdown expected to take until late November

Ryder Cup breakdown expected to take until late November

It's going to be awhile before Hazeltine is back to normal
Vikings to try dedicated skyway as a way to tackle postgame congestion

Vikings to try dedicated skyway as a way to tackle postgame congestion

The route's main goal is to help alleviate postgame congestion around the stadium for fans in cars.
Ryder Cup practice round tickets are selling for $33; Saturday is hottest day for tickets

Ryder Cup practice round tickets are selling for $33; Saturday is hottest day for tickets

Thursday's tickets are selling for $33; Saturday's for $339.
Minnesota gets ready for global sports spotlight with first Ryder Cup

Minnesota gets ready for global sports spotlight with first Ryder Cup

With 250,000 spectators over the six-day event, the operation is the biggest in golf.

Bloomington pimp sentenced to 33 years for trafficking young women

A Bloomington man who described himself as a pimp received a 33-year sentence Tuesday for trafficking three young women over Memorial Day weekend in 2013.…
In settlement, Vikings allow Wells Fargo to keep elevated signs on roofs near stadium

In settlement, Vikings allow Wells Fargo to keep elevated signs on roofs near stadium

The agreement followed months of negotiations, dozens of legal filings and several hearings in front of U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank.
Fans in top form for stadium's big day

Fans in top form for stadium's big day

As promised, the pregame pomp for the new stadium's breathless season debut was size XXL.
Vikings bring fanfare for biggest day in long franchise history

Vikings bring fanfare for biggest day in long franchise history

The team is finally ready to play its first regular-season game at its shiny new home.
What you need to know before Sunday's first Vikings game

What you need to know before Sunday's first Vikings game

To avoid problems Sunday, fans should plan their routes to the game, allow extra time to get there and arrive early. Fans also are strongly encouraged to enter the gate designated on their ticket.
Vikings are now worth $2.2B, up 38%, according to annual Forbes tally

Vikings are now worth $2.2B, up 38%, according to annual Forbes tally

Estimate of $2.2 billion is a 38 percent increase, thanks to new subsidized home.
Vikings look to play up U.S. Bank Stadium's debut on Sunday night

Vikings look to play up U.S. Bank Stadium's debut on Sunday night

"We're hoping that when people leave they say, win or lose, 'that was one heck of an experience' and that they're not going to forget it," a Vikings executive says.
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