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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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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.
Vikings sound alarm about fake tickets for the Packers game

Vikings sound alarm about fake tickets for the Packers game

Although the team generally issues counterfeit ticket warnings for home games against the Packers, prices for this year's game blow away any Twin Cities football game in years.
Caribou Coffee offers booze with that cup of joe at U.S. Bank Stadium

Caribou Coffee offers booze with that cup of joe at U.S. Bank Stadium

Caribou Coffee’s serving up something at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday that customers won’t get at any other store: alcohol with their espresso. Not for…

Court: Star Tribune not required to release source's identity in nursing home story

Nursing home claimed 2013 investigative piece cited leaked information.
Scandinavian, cabin-style space and Truss Bar open at U.S. Bank Stadium

Scandinavian, cabin-style space and Truss Bar open at U.S. Bank Stadium

Brisk ticket sales gave the team incentive to build out the space, an add-on to the original stadium plans, sooner rather than later. The new space is already sold out.
Vikings fans fill new stadium, help work out the kinks

Vikings fans fill new stadium, help work out the kinks

The Vikings and their fans stepped into U.S. Bank Stadium and history Sunday for the team's first preseason home game at the new $1.1 billion digs in downtown.
Day 1 unfolds for Vikings' debut at new stadium

Day 1 unfolds for Vikings' debut at new stadium

Inside and out, the buildup was evident before the preseason game's kickoff.
U.S. Bank Stadium doors and Vikings Voyage open

U.S. Bank Stadium doors and Vikings Voyage open

Fans checked out shiny new digs as Vikings got ready for first game on new field Sunday.
U.S. Bank Stadium's giant doors open for first time this morning

U.S. Bank Stadium's giant doors open for first time this morning

The big doors opened on the new Minnesota Vikings stadium for the first time this morning. For three years, they've been called a signature design element of the new $1.1 billion U.S. Bank Stadium.
Vikings pay tribute to legendary columnist Sid Hartman at new stadium

Vikings pay tribute to legendary columnist Sid Hartman at new stadium

Bud Grant and Lou Nanne were among those on hand to dedicate the Sid Hartman Media Entrance at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Vikings setting up bar, music, kid games outside U.S. Bank Stadium

Vikings setting up bar, music, kid games outside U.S. Bank Stadium

A music garden and a kids' play area join the centerpiece 800-person Longhouse bar.
Even open, U.S. Bank Stadium work continues; construction warranty lasts two years

Even open, U.S. Bank Stadium work continues; construction warranty lasts two years

Extra work still leaves $2 million in a contingency fund.

Driver pleads guilty to texting-and-driving crash that killed New Prague school bus driver

Susan Russo pleaded guilty to reckless driving and misuse of a wireless communication device.
Minnesota Gov. Anderson remembered for advancing public education, all things Swedish

Minnesota Gov. Anderson remembered for advancing public education, all things Swedish

The first shout-out Monday at former Gov. Wendell Anderson's memorial service went to two of his favorites: "East Siders and the University of Minnesota old-timers."Anderson,…
Minnesotans say goodbye to 'quintessential' governor

Minnesotans say goodbye to 'quintessential' governor

Gov. Wendell Anderson remembered for advancing public education, all things Swedish
Invasive algae found in second spot in Minnesota

Invasive algae found in second spot in Minnesota

Meanwhile, zebra mussels found in five more lakes.
Are Vikings-Packers tickets worth $411 apiece?

Are Vikings-Packers tickets worth $411 apiece?

U.S. Bank's opening, coupled with Ryder Cup tickets, make for an expensive September in Minnesota.

Conviction overturned for man accused of soliciting minor online

Man didn't get to claim girl, 14, lied about age.

Out-of-state managers helped U.S. Bank Stadium with its debut

More than 125 out-of-state workers brought in for Thursday's big opening night at U.S. Bank Stadium won't become permanent fixtures.
Metro Transit and U.S. Bank Stadium vendors vow changes

Metro Transit and U.S. Bank Stadium vendors vow changes

The overriding complaint about how Wednesday night's opening could be captured in one word: Lines.
Stadium's debut: Cool, fresh air, long lines, food shortages

Stadium's debut: Cool, fresh air, long lines, food shortages

Soccer fans tested U.S. Bank Stadium on its opening night and found hits and misses at the Vikings' $1.1 billion home.
Vikings execs, NFL's Goodell break ground on practice facility in Eagan

Vikings execs, NFL's Goodell break ground on practice facility in Eagan

Eagan officials are enthused as team begins its transition from Winter Park in Eden Prairie.
Crash with semi in Nebraska kills Minneapolis family of five

Crash with semi in Nebraska kills Minneapolis family of five

The couple — who met at the University of Northwestern, an evangelical Christian college in Roseville and St. Paul — in recent months had sold most of their belongings in preparation for a move to Japan to do missionary work.
U.S. Bank Stadium formally opened for team 'on the rise'

U.S. Bank Stadium formally opened for team 'on the rise'

Bud Grant said he tried to come up with a word for the building; he settled on "awesome."
ESPN's X Games are coming to Minneapolis

ESPN's X Games are coming to Minneapolis

U.S. Bank Stadium will host the competition during the next two summers.
Broken window at U.S. Bank Stadium could take two months to fix

Broken window at U.S. Bank Stadium could take two months to fix

According to a source, someone was walking along the north side of the building, picked up a nearby rock and tossed it at the ground-level wall of glass.
Prince will reign over club area at U.S. Bank Stadium

Prince will reign over club area at U.S. Bank Stadium

Artwork was installed Wednesday near the Pentair Gate.
Vikings single-game tickets go on sale Wednesday morning

Vikings single-game tickets go on sale Wednesday morning

The Legislature requires the Vikings to offer for sale 3,250 single-game seats. The team will sell 4,000 per game in the stadium's upper level.
ESPN's X Games likely coming to Minneapolis in 2017 and 2018

ESPN's X Games likely coming to Minneapolis in 2017 and 2018

Minneapolis, ESPN will announce "major sporting event" at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Bite out of the wallet: $6 dogs and $9 beers at U.S. Bank Stadium

Bite out of the wallet: $6 dogs and $9 beers at U.S. Bank Stadium

Ribbon cutting is Friday and the building is open for public tours this weekend.
Green Grass in the city

Green Grass in the city

The landscape design around the new stadium provided a challenge for a distinctive area.
Stadium food will be 'modern, memorable and Minnesota'

Stadium food will be 'modern, memorable and Minnesota'

The drinking and dining opportunities will cater to desires of fans from foodies who hunting for fresh flavors to traditionalists seeking reliably familiar gameday fare.
U.S. Bank Stadium panels getting reinforcements after blowing in wind

U.S. Bank Stadium panels getting reinforcements after blowing in wind

As opening day nears, bird study OK'd and two MSFA execs are being kept on permanently.
2 state-paid stadium chiefs will keep jobs when it opens

2 state-paid stadium chiefs will keep jobs when it opens

Michele Kelm-Helgen would focus on public relations and ticket distribution, Ted Mondale on daily operations.
Want to race Adrian Peterson? 'Vikings Voyage' can make that happen

Want to race Adrian Peterson? 'Vikings Voyage' can make that happen

Hall of fame at new stadium will feature interactive and virtual reality exhibits as well as photo ops.
U.S. Bank Stadium officials plan three-year, $300,000 bird fatality study

U.S. Bank Stadium officials plan three-year, $300,000 bird fatality study

Panel expected to approve proposal on Friday to work with the National Audubon Society and its Minnesota chapter.
How will you get to Hazeltine for the Ryder Cup? There's now a plan

How will you get to Hazeltine for the Ryder Cup? There's now a plan

Spectators should start developing a navigation plan for the Ryder Cup in late September at Chaska's Hazeltine National Golf Club, according to options released Wednesday by PGA of America.
Vikings, Aramark reveal full platter of food offerings at U.S. Bank Stadium

Vikings, Aramark reveal full platter of food offerings at U.S. Bank Stadium

The three-pronged theme of the menu at the new U.S. Bank Stadium is modern, memorable and Minnesota.
As stadium opens, Vikings and city sail into new era

As stadium opens, Vikings and city sail into new era

This month, Minnesotans get to see what they're paying for as the building that Gov. Mark Dayton called "the people's stadium" opens its five signature pivoting glass doors for the first time.
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