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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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In this December 2016 file photo, University of Minnesota athletic director Mark Coyle spoke to the media about the suspensions of 10 Gophers football

Accused football players sue U over sexual misconduct case

The lawsuit against the University of Minnesota seeks unspecified damages for "being falsely cast as sex offenders."
Cydni Bickerstaff, VP of event operations with the Fan Jam truck. Staff members shot baskets on the side of the truck. from left, Cordell Smith, Jack

College hoops fans can jam and slam with the touring Final Four truck

Fan Jam truck to give Minnesotans a summertime taste of March Madness.
Gretchen Carlson, shown in October. The Miss America Organization is dropping the swimsuit competition from its nationally televised broadcast. Carlso

Backlash greets Miss America bikini ban, Gretchen Carlson says

"It's kind of a no-win situation," said 1988 Minnesota winner now running pageant.

Orono man pleads guilty to conspiracy and tax fraud in $13 million scheme

No sentencing date has been set for 55-year-old Scott P. Flynn.
Jess McIntosh

Former DFL Party spokeswoman writes of 'date' with disgraced New York AG

Jess McIntosh hopes her Eric Schneiderman story goes beyond #MeToo.
Childhood abuse survivor Jamie Heutmaker embraced bankruptcy attorney Brittany Michael after Thursday's news conference detailing the settlement reach

$210M settlement was long time coming for clergy abuse victims

For many, the announcement was closure as they continue to heal their scars of emotional trauma.
Childhood clergy abuse survivor Marie Mielke gestured while speaking about her abuse and the settlement reached between abuse survivors and the Archdi

Victims of clergy abuse settle with archdiocese for $210M

More than 400 victims of sexual abuse will share in the settlement, which ends a protracted bankruptcy dispute, attorneys said. It still must be approved by a judge.
Levi LaValle leapt a snowmobile over Nicollet Mall for the Polaris UpsideDown stunt on Feb. 3.

Super Bowl LII brought $370 million to Minnesota, report says

The results, sure to be disputed by detractors, came in $50 million over pre-event projections, the analyst said.
Mike Kohler en route to his full marathon finish.

Runner mistakenly runs full Fargo marathon after planning for a half

The 26-year-okd plumber from Detroit Lakes decided to go for it at the 8-mile mark and didn't look back.
Levi Brown, 5, squirted his new friend Elijah Coleman, 5, at Cliff Fen Park in Burnsville. See more photos at

Mid-90s? It's weather whiplash for holiday weekend

Memorial Day weekend is going to be the hottest in more than a decade, with temperatures in the 90s for much of it.
The turkey had been hanging out for at least a month at the intersection of 16th Street and Mayowood Avenue Southwest in Rochester.

Rochester town turkey got a name, then got gunned down

Jake sealed his fate when he chased a kid on a bike.
Carl Anderson

Fatal dispute over lake access ends in shooter's acquittal

Jury found neighbor's use of deadly force was justified in February 2017 shooting in Chisago County.
FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2017, file photo, conservative commentator Tomi Lahren attends Politicon in Pasadena, Calif.

Trump praises Fox News' Tomi Lahren after Mpls. confrontation

Lahren was leaving Union's rooftop when customer tossed water on her Sunday, and the incident went viral.
The glass walls of U.S. Bank Stadium are being studies for the effects on the bird population.

U.S. Bank Stadium bird study reaches midpoint, with results due next year

Vikings and state pay $300K to study danger posed by building's glass walls.
Jim Farstad in 2009.

U.S. Bank Stadium interim executive director given job permanently

Technology consultant Jim Farstad has twice held the interim position of overseeing the downtown stadium.
Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority Chairman Mike Vekich will recommend one of the three finalists to run U.S. Bank Stadium to the board at Friday's

Super Bowl LII operations chief among 3 finalists to run U.S. Bank Stadium

MSFA will vote Friday after recommendation made.
Large tract of trees and soil are burned in the Pagami Lake fire near Forest Center, Minn. Thursday Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011. A forest fire that smold

"Do not burn" edict goes out for northern Minnesota

National Weather Service issues "red flag" warning for extremely dry conditions.

Minnesota third-graders challenged to 'Read to the Final Four'

NCAA's Minneapolis host committee announces tip-off for friendly contest.

Four arrested in three incidents of shots fired in St. Paul

Incidents came after or near Cinco de Mayo celebrations.
U.S. Bank Stadium, during the Vikings draft party.

Dayton pushes back against proposal to change stadium oversight

Governor calls proposed changes a one-person vendetta for publicity.
Jay Hazeman played electronic pulltabs at the 1029 Bar in Minneapolis on Tuesday.

Electronic pulltabs push past rocky Minn. start, make record revenue

Minnesota legislators haggling over stadium reserve fund: Spend or save?
A rendering of how basketball could look in U.S. Bank Stadium, home of men's basketball Final Four 2019.

2019 Final Four to bring $142M, 94,000 visitors to Twin Cities, analysis claims

Event at U.S. Bank Stadium in 2019 will attract 94,000 visitors — and their wallets.
Photo courtesy of Tom Emmer: Tom Emmer's prize-winning hotdish.

Rep. Tom Emmer's cereal-crusted hotdish crunches D.C. cook-off competition

Republican claims prize with classic ingredients.
Pipeline opponents rallied on the steps of the State Capitol to oppose the proposed Enbridge Line 3 tar sands pipeline expansion. ] GLEN STUBBE ï gle

Appeals court allows climate change defense by Enbridge oil pipeline protesters

Pipeline protesters claim threat of climate change compelled them to act.
A drone will inspect the upper reaches of U.S. Bank Stadium’s exterior to ensure that the two-year-old building endured a second winter unscathed.

Drone inspection will make sure U.S. Bank Stadium stayed dry (inside) this winter

Stadium panels and moisture have been a visible problem.
Tony Webster

Supreme Court: Hennepin County illegally kept records from public

Government watchdog sought access to sheriff's use of biometric tools.
Mark Stenglein

Former Hennepin County Commissioner Mark Stenglein suffers brain injury in fall

Wife says Stenglein is expected to continue his campaign to return to the County Board.
Rendering of how basketball could look in U.S. Bank Stadium, home of men's basketball Final Four 2019.

Stadium authority pushes back deadline for NCAA Final Four drapes

The glassy U.S. Bank Stadium needs 'darkening' curtains for the 2018 Final Four. A decision on who will install the drapes - and for how much - will be made May 3.
Go to jail (almost) free in Chisago County

Go to jail (almost) free in Chisago County

Volunteers sought for a trial run at a new facility before inmates arrive would get $40 for the night.
Nan Bailly at her winery, Bailly Vineyards in Hastings, is the top plaintiff in the lawsuit against state law requiring Minnesota vineyards to have 51

Judge's ruling leaves bitter taste for 2 Minnesota wineries

Alexis Bailly, Next Chapter wanted to grow by selling wines with more out-of-state grapes.
Loyola-Chicago fans cheered during the NCAA semifinals Saturday in San Antonio. A similar throng will arrive in Minneapolis in 2019.

After San Antonio, what will Final Four bring to Minnesota?

A year from now, an estimated 60,000 fans from out of town — and more from the Twin Cities — are expected to flow into Minneapolis when it hosts the Final Four and all of its hoopla.
Cyndi Bickerstaff

A backstage pass to the Final Four, but it's all business

Operations whiz toils now to make sure Minneapolis is ready for next year's Final Four.
One of the suites controlled by U.S. Bank Stadium officials and used for marketing purposes.

After outcry, it's a whole new ballgame for stadium suites

Now under new management, the suites that caused such an uproar a year ago at U.S. Bank Stadium are getting fairly favorable reviews for how they are used.

Who's in the suite seats at U.S. Bank Stadium?

Here’s a sample from the MSFA’s year-round report, with client and guest, affiliation and reason. Minnesota Vikings-Green Bay Packers game Oct. 15 Pamela Brueck and…
Dancers performed during Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Feb. 4.

Can state keep big-name parties coming after Super Bowl, Final Four?

A group of regional big thinkers is studying how and whether Minnesota should try to attract major cultural, arts and sports events more often.
The Minnesota Vikings new practice facility, Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center.

Skol, Eagan! Vikings land in new practice center

The multistory white building with the Norseman logos outside is highly visible from I-494. The stadium is tucked behind the building, parallel to the highway.
From left, local executives Richard Davis, Maureen Bausch, David Mortenson, Mike Vekich, Kate Mortenson, Tom McGinnis gathered around Gov. Mark Dayton

Final Four gets ceremonial handoff from Super Bowl LII crew

Organizers want to generate similar excitement for college hoops' big event, coming to U.S. Bank Stadium in April of 2019.
Designed to be airy and light, U.S. Bank Stadium now needs massive curtains to block the sunlight during the 2019 NCAA Final Four — and they won’t

U.S. Bank Stadium needs 'expensive' blackout curtains for NCAA

NCAA insists environment in building must be consistent throughout Final Four. Stadium authority not releasing cost estimates, but chairman says "it will be expensive — obviously."
Items from Winter Park are prepared to be moved to the new Minnesota Vikings headquarters in Eagan and seen on the practice field in Eden Prairie.

Moving day at Winter Park: The Vikings turn into packers

Memories get packed along with papers, weights, uniforms for move to new practice facility in Eagan opening Monday.
In this April 2016 Star Tribune file photo, the Minnesota Twins honored Prince by adding a purple background and Prince symbol to the scoreboard stats

Twins will funk it up with Prince branding deal, special night

The Twins are going full-on purple with plans to sell co-branded merchandise all season.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas

Florida school named after Minnesota native, born in 1890, who championed Everglades

Marjory Stoneman Douglas was born in Minneapolis in 1890, died in Florida at 108
Johnny Price, 18, left, and Jake Flynn, 17, were killed in a crash.

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.
High school students such as Miles Chastain marched to Minneapolis City Hall on Wednesday to rally for safer schools in the wake of the Florida shooti

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.
Former Gophers basketball star Reggie Lynch appeared at a press conference with his mom Marlene Lynch and attorney Ryan Pacyga.

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.
Reggie Lynch

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.
Michael Vekich

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 abruptly closed in December without paying staff.

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

St. Paul school closed abruptly in December without paying staffers.
Morris Day & the Time also performed for Super Bowl Live featuring the Revolution, Morris Day & the Time and Sheila E.

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.
Diana Gonzalez and Joseph Bonner from Philadelphia celebrated after the Eagles scored a touchdown in the third quarter.

'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.
A crowd walked through the Super Bowl Live events on Nicollet Mall on Friday night in Minneapolis.

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.
Left to right, Vikings co-owners Zygi and Mark Wilf and Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton at the grand opening of U.S. Bank Stadium in July 2016.

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…
Idina Menzel sang "Let It Go" on Nicollet Mall on Friday night in downtown Minneapolis.

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.
Vikings owner Zygi Wilf, shown celebrating after his team clinched the NFC North championship in December, will host a party for NFL owners during Sup

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.
Deb Fourniea walks down John Ireland boulevard in St. Paul during a snow storm.

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.
Work went on at U.S. Bank Stadium's field as NFL Senior Director of Events Eric Finkelstein and NFL Field Director Ed Mangan spoke Tuesday about prepa

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.
Gavin Smith and his dad, Quentin Smith, rear, reacted to a play in the second quarter.

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.
Luke Oleson, of Minneapolis, and Joe Frederickson, of Plymouth, did the “Skol” chant by the Rocky Balboa statue in Philadelphia.

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.
Pete DeRubeis guided other Super Bowl volunteers at an orientation session at their headquarters in downtown Minneapolis.

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.
Nicollet Mall Super Bowl Live renderings provided by Super Bowl committee.

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.
Minnesota Vikings fans, including Syd Davy, foreground, who dressed the part, erupt into an improvised "Skol!" chant as they leave U.S. Bank Stadium a

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.
The 35W Bridge was lit purple in April to mark the anniversary of Prince’s death. It will be purple again this weekend to spur the Vikings to “Bri

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

Landmarks will glow, but team wants even more.
Attorney Ryan Pacyga, who is now representing University of Minnesota basketball star Reggie Lynch accused of sexual misconduct, held a news conferenc

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.
Reggie Lynch

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.
Gophers men's basketball coach Richard Pitino watched as athletic director Mark Coyle spoke about Reggie Lynch at a news conference Friday.

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.
An $800,000 Winter Carnival ice palace will go up in downtown St. Paul’s Rice Park soon after ice-cutting begins Tuesday.

Kickoff time for Twin Cities Super Bowl preparations

Years of planning start coming to life this week.
Gophers center Reggie Lynch was found responsible by the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA) in sexual misconduct on April 28, 2

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.
Fans stood in line in -12 temperatures to enter U.S. Bank Stadium to see the Chicago Bears take on the Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis on Sunday, Dec

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…
Steam rises from the Xcel Energy Plant as construction workers at the Red Bull Crashed Ice 2018 venue work to assemble the stage and were seen against

Vicious chill grips Minnesota for New Year's weekend

Black ice on I-494 bridge blamed for at least one serious crash.
Ice formed on the face mask of Shannon Zhou, of Woodbury, as she listened to her instructor while taking a beginners ski course Monday at Afton Alps.

Seriously cold weather will stick around much of week

Sunshine belied windchills that were well below zero.
Edward C. Taylor Jr.

Cancer-fighting chemist Edward Taylor dies at 94

An award-winning Princeton University chemist, Taylor died last month in St. Paul at 94.
Maureen Bausch, CEO of the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee, was paid $468,891 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.
Rick Evans, shown in March, announced a month ago that he is leaving the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority for unspecified health reasons.

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.
Members of the Minneapolis North football team celebrated the news that they’d get to play at U.S. Bank Stadium just days before the Super Bowl.

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.
U.S. Bank Stadium’s uban setting poses complications for Super Bowl planners.

Vikings' successful season complicates Super Bowl preparation

Even one home playoff game for the home team slices league's time to gussy up stadium.
Jacob Wetterling

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.
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