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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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Government access crusader Tony Webster gets to heart of files investigating Philando Castile shooting

Government access crusader Tony Webster gets to heart of files investigating Philando Castile shooting

Tony Webster's blog and Twitter feed have become must-reads for those interested in details of the killing of Philando Castile by St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez.
U.S. Bank stadium authority seeks pay raises, code of ethics

U.S. Bank stadium authority seeks pay raises, code of ethics

The authority will take up the issues at Thursday's meeting.
U.S. Bank Stadium's security company under investigation

U.S. Bank Stadium's security company under investigation

Hiring practices of the firm hired to protect Vikings stadium probed by detective board.
Philanthropists share the wealth at 24-hour day care in north Minneapolis

Philanthropists share the wealth at 24-hour day care in north Minneapolis

Members of the Links, Incorporated showed the children what is possible with their message of hope, love and support.
Free admission to Minnesota state parks Saturday

Free admission to Minnesota state parks Saturday

Many parks will have special events planned as well.
Wetterlings sue, stopping release of files in Jacob's investigation

Wetterlings sue, stopping release of files in Jacob's investigation

A district judge on Friday stopped the scheduled public release next week of some investigative documents related to Jacob Wetterling's 1989 abduction and murder.
Sheriff Stanek asks for privacy a day after charges filed against son

Sheriff Stanek asks for privacy a day after charges filed against son

"This is a personal matter and a serious one," a spokesman said a day after Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek's adult son faced felony charges for allegedly soliciting sex from a minor.
Battle brews as State Fair preps to replace Original Cheese Curds

Battle brews as State Fair preps to replace Original Cheese Curds

A closed-door settlement meeting last week was "disappointing," lawyer says.
Winners and losers at State Capitol with session wrapped up

Winners and losers at State Capitol with session wrapped up

Who did well and who didn't in the legislative session that ended early Friday.
U.S. Bank Stadium oversight bill falls into the ditch; no new oversight after luxury suite use

U.S. Bank Stadium oversight bill falls into the ditch; no new oversight after luxury suite use

The bill included changes to the board and salary limits.
Minn. legislative auditor expects to prepare report on U's policies on harassment

Minn. legislative auditor expects to prepare report on U's policies on harassment

Regents chair says U is attacking problem "every which way."
U regents defend leak probe over latest sexual harassment allegations

U regents defend leak probe over latest sexual harassment allegations

Letter to governor and all 201 legislators underscores that regents are concerned about sexual misconduct.
St. Kate's music, theater students protest demise of arts degrees

St. Kate's music, theater students protest demise of arts degrees

Arts aficionados at St. Catherine University in St. Paul are staging a performance protest Thursday over the slashing of music and theater programs, which the Catholic liberal arts school announced a few weeks ago.
Vikings mulling moving training camp from Mankato to Eagan in 2018

Vikings mulling moving training camp from Mankato to Eagan in 2018

The Vikings acknowledged Wednesday they could move training camp to Eagan as early as 2018. The team showed off its new under-construction headquarters to reporters on Wednesday.
Local small businesses fight for a chance to cash in on Super Bowl LII

Local small businesses fight for a chance to cash in on Super Bowl LII

Recently, two "pitch days" were held, where qualified minority, women, veteran and LGBT-certified businesses had five-minute appointments to show off to panels of judges for Super Bowl week exposure.
Ousted cheese curd stand turns up heat against Minnesota State Fair

Ousted cheese curd stand turns up heat against Minnesota State Fair

Tom Mueller has hired an attorney and has a lawsuit at the ready.
Vikings put in bid to show off new facilities by hosting NFL draft

Vikings put in bid to show off new facilities by hosting NFL draft

Vikings executive vice president Lester Bagley said Tuesday the team put in an application to the NFL 13 months ago to play host to the event.
Minnesota Vikings hire Blue Cross veteran as chief of staff, strategic adviser

Minnesota Vikings hire Blue Cross veteran as chief of staff, strategic adviser

Tina Holmes will help execs with strategic plan.
Gordy the Goat briefly kidnapped from herd grazing in St. Paul park

Gordy the Goat briefly kidnapped from herd grazing in St. Paul park

The goat named Gordy was found in the back of an SUV after a 2-mile chase, police spokesman Steve Linders said.
Federal judge extends temporary restraining order against former Prince sound engineer

Federal judge extends temporary restraining order against former Prince sound engineer

Paisley Park Enterprises must put up a $1 million bond to keep the order in place.
With no prom date, Champlin Park student takes Harvard admission letter

With no prom date, Champlin Park student takes Harvard admission letter

"Couldn't find a man to accept me for prom so I took a college that did," Priscilla Samey wrote in a Twitter post that's received more than 28,000 retweets. Samey was accepted to Harvard on a full scholarship.
Leaky walls, loose panels still plague U.S. Bank Stadium, with no clear fix

Leaky walls, loose panels still plague U.S. Bank Stadium, with no clear fix

The new chief of the stadium oversight panel leaves open the possibility of wide-scale remediation needs.
Senate votes to tighten access to public suites at U.S. Bank Stadium

Senate votes to tighten access to public suites at U.S. Bank Stadium

Vote was unanimous to take tighter control of finances, suite use.
Fees for high school games in U.S. Bank Stadium? New chief says no

Fees for high school games in U.S. Bank Stadium? New chief says no

Stadium manager SMG had wanted a $2 per ticket fee added to high school events held there.

Minneapolis panel approves $5 million reimbursement agreement for Super Bowl

Vote by full Minneapolis City Council to accept the cost reimbursement is expected on Friday.
Target Field honored as greenest ballpark in America

Target Field honored as greenest ballpark in America

The facility is the first sports site in the nation to win gold LEED certification.
Minneapolis will be reimbursed almost $5 million for Super Bowl services, public safety, facilities

Minneapolis will be reimbursed almost $5 million for Super Bowl services, public safety, facilities

Police services, at $3.1 million, are the biggest expense in the proposed contract.
Federal judge blocks release of Prince tunes, tells sound engineer to hand them over

Federal judge blocks release of Prince tunes, tells sound engineer to hand them over

Temporary order gives sides time to respond.
Minnesota Ballpark Authority limits use of publicly owned Target Field suite to charities

Minnesota Ballpark Authority limits use of publicly owned Target Field suite to charities

The move comes after public outcry over use of suites at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Authority to vote on ridding friends, family from Target Field suite

Authority to vote on ridding friends, family from Target Field suite

The likely move comes after the outcry over luxury suite use across downtown at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Minnesotans get applications in fast to volunteer for 2018 Super Bowl

Minnesotans get applications in fast to volunteer for 2018 Super Bowl

More than 4,400 submitted applications on the first day.
It's game on today in search for 10,000 Super Bowl volunteers

It's game on today in search for 10,000 Super Bowl volunteers

The first step is the online application process. But not everyone will be accepted, and background checks will be done.
Troubled U.S. Bank Stadium authority gets new CEO

Troubled U.S. Bank Stadium authority gets new CEO

Rick Evans is stepping out of retirement to take the reins as CEO of the MSFA.
Winds take down small patch of U.S. Bank Stadium panels — again

Winds take down small patch of U.S. Bank Stadium panels — again

The panels are near where others have come loose.
Former stadium official waived $55,300 in rent on her own

Former stadium official waived $55,300 in rent on her own

Michele Kelm-Helgen, who resigned last month, said she used her discretion to waive rent for club spaces to further the goal of marketing U.S. Bank Stadium.
Wayzata restaurant is nearly booked for its first 2 months

Wayzata restaurant is nearly booked for its first 2 months

Reservations pouring in for Bellecour, which opens March 15 in Wayzata.
House pointedly votes to reshape MSFA

House pointedly votes to reshape MSFA

A new, larger board would be part of a shorter leash on the stadium governing panel.
Kelm-Helgen skipped line, got best seats at U.S. Bank Stadium

Kelm-Helgen skipped line, got best seats at U.S. Bank Stadium

Michele Kelm-Helgen also helped friends and family members buy the rights to nearby seats, before longtime Vikings season-ticket holders could, records show.
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.
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