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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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Lakeville schools sued for death of two students during 2015 'Nerf Wars'

Lakeville schools sued for death of two students during 2015 'Nerf Wars'

Dakota County lawsuit says administrators knew of the dangers and failed to protect students.
Calling for stricter gun laws, Mpls. students head to City Hall

Calling for stricter gun laws, Mpls. students head to City Hall

A couple hundred Minneapolis students set out Wednesday afternoon on a march from Martin Luther King Jr. Park in south Minneapolis to City Hall to "voice our concerns about gun violence in schools," according to a Facebook post.
Gophers' Lynch to drop appeal but denies sexual misconduct

Gophers' Lynch to drop appeal but denies sexual misconduct

"I did not commit any of the acts I'm accused of," the U of M basketball player said at a news conference just before the hearing over his expulsion was to begin.
Lawyer for Gophers' Reggie Lynch plans Thursday news conference

Lawyer for Gophers' Reggie Lynch plans Thursday news conference

It'll take place just before they're expected at the player's sexual misconduct appeal hearing.
U.S. Bank Stadium's chairman had cellphone stolen during Super Bowl fight

U.S. Bank Stadium's chairman had cellphone stolen during Super Bowl fight

After trying to break up a fan fight, Mike Vekich still doesn't have his cellphone back.
McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul files for bankruptcy

McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul files for bankruptcy

St. Paul school closed abruptly in December without paying staffers.
52 pickup: a look at the Super Bowl numbers

52 pickup: a look at the Super Bowl numbers

With Super Bowl LII over and visitors out of town, the counting is just gearing up.
'Bold North' Super Bowl was smooth showstopper

'Bold North' Super Bowl was smooth showstopper

Super Bowl LII's 10-day celebration of all things winter — ice sculptures, ice skating and even ice in cocktails down Nicollet Mall — culminated Sunday with record-setting cold temps outside as a warm U.S. Bank Stadium cradled a hotly contested game inside.
Super Bowl Live security firm is fired over missed checks

Super Bowl Live security firm is fired over missed checks

Background checks of workers at Super Bowl Live raise questions. Others providing security Friday night said they were unaware of the firing.
Wilfs, Dayton give warm Bold, cold, North welcome to media at Mall of America

Wilfs, Dayton give warm Bold, cold, North welcome to media at Mall of America

Minnesota Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf, Gov. Mark Dayton and the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee gave a warm welcome Monday at the Mall…
It's game on for Super Bowl LII as Minneapolis events kick off

It's game on for Super Bowl LII as Minneapolis events kick off

Idina Menzel sang "Let It Go" as she kicked off the 10-day party.
Wilfs to host invite-only dinner for NFL owners with Sting performing

Wilfs to host invite-only dinner for NFL owners with Sting performing

After the meal, the crowd will swell to a some 1,500 guests who will be entertained by Sting and his band as well as hip-hop DJ and performer Biz Markie.
Hot or Not: History shows Super Bowl game day weather in Minnesota can swing wildly

Hot or Not: History shows Super Bowl game day weather in Minnesota can swing wildly

It's too far out to tell for sure, but not too soon to speculate.
Goodbye, Vikings. Hello, Patriots and Eagles. U.S. Bank Stadium transforms for Super Bowl

Goodbye, Vikings. Hello, Patriots and Eagles. U.S. Bank Stadium transforms for Super Bowl

Sneak peek shows U.S. Bank Stadium's makeover into neutral territory.
For Vikings fans, defeat is familiar ending to 'miracle' season

For Vikings fans, defeat is familiar ending to 'miracle' season

The Eagles fans lived up to their reputation — pelting Vikings fans with beers before the game and doing the same to the team bus as it prepared to head to the airport.
A purple army of Vikings fans brings intense passion to Philly

A purple army of Vikings fans brings intense passion to Philly

Vikings fans are going to extremes to ensure a purple and gold presence amid the green and white in Philadelphia at the NFC Championship Game.
Super Bowl volunteers turn out to ready Minnesota hospitality

Super Bowl volunteers turn out to ready Minnesota hospitality

Super Bowl Host Committee organizers are midway through the final week of orientation sessions for 10,000 volunteers.
Pop-up Prince exhibit, ice skating and an IMAX-style dome part of 10-day Super Bowl Live event

Pop-up Prince exhibit, ice skating and an IMAX-style dome part of 10-day Super Bowl Live event

Organizers announce more activities on Nicollet Mall before the big game.
After whiplash of hope and gloom, Vikings fans explode into frenzy of joy

After whiplash of hope and gloom, Vikings fans explode into frenzy of joy

This time, Vikings fans were on the good side of an unbelievable finish.
Twin Cities to light up purple to cheer Vikings to 'bring it home'

Twin Cities to light up purple to cheer Vikings to 'bring it home'

Landmarks will glow, but team wants even more.
Lawyer: Gophers' Lynch denies allegations, requests hearing

Lawyer: Gophers' Lynch denies allegations, requests hearing

The appeals process would likely take weeks if not months, making it unlikely Lynch will return to the court for the university, where investigators have recommended that he should be expelled.
Expulsion recommended for Lynch in third sex assault allegation

Expulsion recommended for Lynch in third sex assault allegation

University of Minnesota basketball player Reggie Lynch has been recommended for expulsion after a third woman has come forward accusing him of sexual assault.
Reggie Lynch won't play for Gophers during his appeal

Reggie Lynch won't play for Gophers during his appeal

Athletic director Mark Coyle said Reggie Lynch will not play while he appeals his suspension and ban from campus after a sexual misconduct investigation.
Kickoff time for Twin Cities Super Bowl preparations

Kickoff time for Twin Cities Super Bowl preparations

Years of planning start coming to life this week.
Gophers' Lynch faces suspension until 2020

Gophers' Lynch faces suspension until 2020

A University of Minnesota office investigated after an incident on April 28, 2016, in Roy Wilkins Hall, a student dorm. Unless Lynch appeals, his suspension from the campus and related activities will begin Tuesday.
U.S. Bank Stadium, Vikings head to the playoffs together for the first time

U.S. Bank Stadium, Vikings head to the playoffs together for the first time

The future looked bright to Minnesota Vikings fans, no matter what history says. After beating the Chicago Bears 23-10 Sunday in the last regular season…
Vicious chill grips Minnesota for New Year's weekend

Vicious chill grips Minnesota for New Year's weekend

Black ice on I-494 bridge blamed for at least one serious crash.
Seriously cold weather will stick around much of week

Seriously cold weather will stick around much of week

Sunshine belied windchills that were well below zero.
Cancer-fighting chemist Edward Taylor dies at 94

Cancer-fighting chemist Edward Taylor dies at 94

An award-winning Princeton University chemist, Taylor died last month in St. Paul at 94.
Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee CEO was paid $469K in 2016

Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee CEO was paid $469K in 2016

The compensation for Maureen Bausch included a $124K bonus. The Super Bowl Host Committee's COO received compensation of $338K.
U.S. Bank Stadium authority sees third transition at the top in less than a year

U.S. Bank Stadium authority sees third transition at the top in less than a year

Chief tech consultant Jim Farstad will take reins, probably until after the Super Bowl.
North High football team will play in Super Bowl 'dress rehearsal'

North High football team will play in Super Bowl 'dress rehearsal'

The North Polars will run routes and formations, kick, pass, punt and block much like the two championship teams will do two days later in the real game.
Vikings' successful season complicates Super Bowl preparation

Vikings' successful season complicates Super Bowl preparation

Even one home playoff game for the home team slices league's time to gussy up stadium.
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.
2017: U.S. Bank Stadium security firm is fired after investigation

2017: 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.
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