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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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Twin Cities' restaurateur Kostroski pulls off his 25th Taste of NFL event

Twin Cities' restaurateur Kostroski pulls off his 25th Taste of NFL event

Chefs serve up dazzling dishes with truffles, foie gras and crawfish, representing the nation at this popular longtime fundraiser for food banks.
Minneapolis on deck as Houston takes ball for next Super Bowl

Minneapolis on deck as Houston takes ball for next Super Bowl

Houston plays host to the 2017 Super Bowl, then comes Minneapolis in 2018 — Super Bowl LII, to be precise, at U.S. Bank Stadium. Minnesota's big-game planners were out in force last week in the Bay Area.
Super Bowl brunch draws Twin Cities tourism, sports, business brass

Super Bowl brunch draws Twin Cities tourism, sports, business brass

Former Viking Matt Birk calls Super Bowl "the biggest secular holiday that we have."
Minnesotans watch and learn from San Francisco's Super Bowl

Minnesotans watch and learn from San Francisco's Super Bowl

When Minneapolis' turn to host comes in 2018, activity will be concentrated in a smaller, colder city.
Spoiler alert: Puppy Bowl theme might not be about puppies this year

Spoiler alert: Puppy Bowl theme might not be about puppies this year

Thick crowds gather to watch cute canines wrestle around a fake football field.
Minnesota host committee hits the ground in San Francisco, at Super Bowl

Minnesota host committee hits the ground in San Francisco, at Super Bowl

The days are long and packed for members of Minnesota's Super Bowl Host Committee as they observe, learn and plan.
Vikings: 90 percent of stadium-builder licenses sold

Vikings: 90 percent of stadium-builder licenses sold

The team also has commitments for 123 of 131 of the new suites at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Fargo student replaces gun with eagle to get photo in yearbook

Fargo student replaces gun with eagle to get photo in yearbook

Fargo high school said rifle in yearbook picture violated several policies.

Minnesota travel agents seeing some cancellations because of Zika virus

Local travel agents are warning anyone going to affected areas.
Movie house buys rights to 'Little House on the Prairie'

Movie house buys rights to 'Little House on the Prairie'

Hollywood's taking another shot at turning the literary luminaries of the prairie into stars of the silver screen.
Wells Fargo can keep signs up near Vikings stadium for now

Wells Fargo can keep signs up near Vikings stadium for now

The Vikings had argued the signs photo-bomb the adjacent U.S. Bank Stadium, violating a contract. But the team received some hope for success later.
Lake Superior ice cave visits in doubt this year

Lake Superior ice cave visits in doubt this year

Warm El Niño winter is limiting formation of ice.
Who do you think should play Pa?

Who do you think should play Pa?

Hollywood hasn’t weighed in on who would play Ma, Pa, Laura and the like, if and when “Little House on the Prairie” makes it to…
First of signature glass doors opens on Vikings' new stadium

First of signature glass doors opens on Vikings' new stadium

The first of five massive, pivoting glass doors at U.S. Bank Stadium is in place, partly working and visible to anyone passing by for the coming weeks.
Five planets to be visible in morning sky for couple of weeks

Five planets to be visible in morning sky for couple of weeks

On a clear day, the planets can be seen without a telescope, but binoculars might help. The event is visible through mid-February, but gets more challenging later in the month.
Oops! U.S. Figure Skating program puts wrong Twin City in spotlight

Oops! U.S. Figure Skating program puts wrong Twin City in spotlight

“You may notice some things have changed since we last hosted this great event in 2008,” St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman wrote in a welcome…
More than half of Minnesota counties now have tick infestations

More than half of Minnesota counties now have tick infestations

Infested Minnesota counties grow from nine to 45.
Vikings finalize land purchase in Eagan, could move headquarters

Vikings finalize land purchase in Eagan, could move headquarters

The land might be the future site for the team's headquarters and also for mixed-use development.
Dalai Lama receiving treatment for a common prostate issue at Mayo

Dalai Lama receiving treatment for a common prostate issue at Mayo

The Dalai Lama is receiving treatment for a common prostate condition at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. A Mayo spokeswoman said the Tibetan Buddhist leader’s…
Dayton's scion Bob Dayton, who owned the Harold store, dies

Dayton's scion Bob Dayton, who owned the Harold store, dies

He spent his early career in the family business before buying Harold department store.
Minneapolis students walk out to protest immigration policies

Minneapolis students walk out to protest immigration policies

A couple hundred students from Washburn, Southwest and other high schools took part in the march.
Judge to Vikings, Wells Fargo over signs: Why can't you work it out?

Judge to Vikings, Wells Fargo over signs: Why can't you work it out?

The team argued in court that the bank's signs encroach on the new stadium's image. The bank said they cause no harm.
New Vikings stadium 87 percent complete

New Vikings stadium 87 percent complete

Hiring of 1,700 concession workers set for spring – in plenty of time for July opening.
Vikings kicker Blair Walsh tells 1st-graders he'll 'cherish' their cards forever

Vikings kicker Blair Walsh tells 1st-graders he'll 'cherish' their cards forever

The Blaine students wrote to the Vikings kicker after his missed field goal Sunday.
North Dakota hands out first Bakken scholarship as oil prices slide

North Dakota hands out first Bakken scholarship as oil prices slide

Seven years ago, the fast-chugging oil economy in western North Dakota lured Warren Logan from his hometown in Riverton, Wyo. As oil prices sank this…
Have the Vikings been cursed by a northern Bambino?

Have the Vikings been cursed by a northern Bambino?

Some familiar names pondered the curse word Monday, the morning after the Vikings snatched defeat from victory.
Wells Fargo to Vikings: Our signs are just fine, thank you

Wells Fargo to Vikings: Our signs are just fine, thank you

"A sign is made to be seen," bank says in legal response.
Mpls. man will remain in custody pending trial over alleged threats to judge, attorneys

Mpls. man will remain in custody pending trial over alleged threats to judge, attorneys

The federal judge ruled that the man's contacts with ISIL made him a threat.
Vikings' growing media network takes game to fans '365/24/7'

Vikings' growing media network takes game to fans '365/24/7'

And the new stadium will allow the team's media-ops to rocket to another level.
Hennepin County finding new ways to fill rash of upcoming job openings

Hennepin County finding new ways to fill rash of upcoming job openings

As retirements loom, Hennepin Co. uses new paths to fill jobs, diversify
Twin Cities swim coach wants to bring Olympic pool in Coon Rapids

Twin Cities swim coach wants to bring Olympic pool in Coon Rapids

The new center would be open to all clubs for practice and competition.
Dayton wants special session answer by Jan. 8; Daudt doubtful

Dayton wants special session answer by Jan. 8; Daudt doubtful

Gov. Mark Dayton has told legislative leaders they have until Friday to reach "firm agreement" on whether to hold a special session, and the House speaker isn't optimistic that will happen.

Swim coach wants to bring Olympic pool to Twin Cities

The $10 million center would be open to all clubs for practice, competition.
Minn. Super Bowl Host Committee already gearing up for 2018's big game

Minn. Super Bowl Host Committee already gearing up for 2018's big game

In a small corner office down the hall from U.S. Bank's mail room, the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee is cranking up preparations for the big game coming to Minneapolis in February 2018.
Vikings-Wells Fargo dispute will be heard Jan. 15 in St. Paul

Vikings-Wells Fargo dispute will be heard Jan. 15 in St. Paul

The Vikings say that Wells Fargo violated a two-year-old agreement by erecting illuminated signs on the rooftops of the bank's two new 17-story office towers adjacent to the new U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis.
Vikings-Wells Fargo sign dispute moved to federal court

Vikings-Wells Fargo sign dispute moved to federal court

Vikings lawsuit argues that Wells Fargo is trying to permanently 'photo bomb' new U.S. Bank Stadium.
Obituary: University of St. Thomas economics professor Mohamed Selim, 91

Obituary: University of St. Thomas economics professor Mohamed Selim, 91

Longtime University of St. Thomas economics professor Mohamed Ali Selim, known to generations of students simply as “Mo,” died Dec. 20. He was 91. Born…
Vikings say big Wells Fargo signs 'photo bomb' new stadium

Vikings say big Wells Fargo signs 'photo bomb' new stadium

The Vikings want to stop Wells Fargo from putting up mounted, illuminated signs on neighboring office towers.
Eagan man ordered to stand trial, remain in federal custody in ISIL case

Eagan man ordered to stand trial, remain in federal custody in ISIL case

Abdirizak Mohamed Warsame's lawyer argued he hasn't made any attempt to leave the country.
Mpls. teen sentenced to 17 years for killing his girlfriend's toddler

Mpls. teen sentenced to 17 years for killing his girlfriend's toddler

Cody Feran-Baum declined to speak at the hearing, where he got a sentence of 25 years, 17 of which he will serve.

Student held indefinitely for allegedly tweeting threats to the feds

Minneapolis student will remain in custody over alleged threats to feds.

Monster truck rally locked in at new U.S. Bank stadium

U.S. Bank Stadium also is now accepting bookings — and yes, monster trucks will be back.
Stadium panel expected to give staff raises as high as 10 percent for 2016

Stadium panel expected to give staff raises as high as 10 percent for 2016

Kelm-Helgen, Mondale may get pay bumps to $130,275 and $165,333 respectively.
Indictment details charges against person of interest in Wetterling case

Indictment details charges against person of interest in Wetterling case

The 52-year-old Annandale man identified as a person of interest in the disappearance of Jacob Wetterling 26 years ago was indicted Wednesday on 26 charges related to possession and receipt of child pornography.

FBI arrests Mpls. man after alleged threats to FBI agents, judge

The 19-year-old is accused of tweeting threats after the arrest of his friend this week on charges that he planned to travel to Syria and fight for ISIL.

Bloomington man, 32, found guilty of forcing 12-year-old girl, two others into prostitution

12-year-old girl and two teens recruited for sex.
Eagan man ordered held in federal custody on terror charges

Eagan man ordered held in federal custody on terror charges

Federal complaint says he led local group trying to go to Syria.
Luger returns to courtroom to prosecute accused sex trafficker

Luger returns to courtroom to prosecute accused sex trafficker

Defendant charged with forcible prostitution took advantage of vulnerable girl, U.S. attorney said.
High-tech roof is in place for winter at new Vikings stadium

High-tech roof is in place for winter at new Vikings stadium

The high-tech plastic roof on the new Minnesota Vikings stadium looks like something from a household kitchen. But one thing the new roof won't do, according to everyone: collapse.
Go green for the holidays and beyond, Hennepin County urges residents

Go green for the holidays and beyond, Hennepin County urges residents

Hennepin County brims with ideas, starting with shopping.
Pepin's latest feels like a beautiful beginning, not a farewell

Pepin's latest feels like a beautiful beginning, not a farewell

Chef Jacques Pépin's final cookbook collaboration with public television brims with warmth.

Defamation suit against Hennepin County commissioners headed to trial

Lawsuit concerns comments by two commissioners as county sought land for new library.

Hennepin County's Toni Beitz wins statewide award for law career

Colleagues nominated the groundbreaking assistant county attorney.
Vikings add $1.5M to money put toward new stadium

Vikings add $1.5M to money put toward new stadium

New funds will go toward mammoth video board, other accouterments. Also Friday, bird advocates said the team has done nothing to mitigate the risk to migratory birds.
Report calls on Hennepin County sheriff to move to more civilian deputies

Report calls on Hennepin County sheriff to move to more civilian deputies

Such a move would save thousands of overtime dollars at the jail, the study said.
Vikings unveil plans for a 'showstopper' ship outside new stadium

Vikings unveil plans for a 'showstopper' ship outside new stadium

The Minnesota Vikings will announce a surprise addition to the plaza outside the team's new stadium Thursday — a stylized ship.
Hennepin County finding new ways to fill rash of upcoming job openings

Hennepin County finding new ways to fill rash of upcoming job openings

As retirements loom, Hennepin County uses new paths to fill jobs, diversify
Amid mediation, no quick resolution in $15M stadium dispute

Amid mediation, no quick resolution in $15M stadium dispute

No quick agreement is seen between the stadium authority, Mortenson over who pays $15M.
Hennepin County Medical Center opens new helispot

Hennepin County Medical Center opens new helispot

State-of-the-art facility will make it easier and faster to admit patients.
Charges dropped against Black Lives Matter over MOA protest

Charges dropped against Black Lives Matter over MOA protest

A Hennepin County judge on Tuesday dismissed charges against the organizers of last Christmas' massive Black Lives Matter protest at the Mall of America in Bloomington.
Twin Cities writer hopes to bring better care through narrative medicine at HCMC

Twin Cities writer hopes to bring better care through narrative medicine at HCMC

Syl Jones is spending the coming months and all of 2016 helping doctors at Hennepin County Medical Center.
Bonds on Target Field likely to be paid off a decade early

Bonds on Target Field likely to be paid off a decade early

Officials expect to pay off Target Field bonds a decade early with the revenue.
Vikings chain gang does its time, 'for the love of football'

Vikings chain gang does its time, 'for the love of football'

Low-paid Vikings crew with pencils and stakes doesn't have luxurious gig, but they make it entertaining.
Lynx get jubilant send-off after third championship season

Lynx get jubilant send-off after third championship season

Lynx players and fans were proud and jubilant at Friday's celebrations.
Minn. Supreme Court removes Anoka County judge from office

Minn. Supreme Court removes Anoka County judge from office

The court's action went further than a judicial panel recommended.
Who's on hook for $15M cost dispute over Vikings stadium?

Who's on hook for $15M cost dispute over Vikings stadium?

The roiling $15 million cost disagreement between the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority and Mortenson Construction will go to mediation for three days beginning Nov. 9.
Eagan City Council's support for Vikings HQ could hasten move

Eagan City Council's support for Vikings HQ could hasten move

Team's proposal for new home and development given early, and hearty, endorsement.
Former GOP state chairman, campaign operative Leon Oistad dies at 72

Former GOP state chairman, campaign operative Leon Oistad dies at 72

Leon Oistad, a shrewd political operative who served in the 1980s as chairman of what was then called the state Independent-Republican Party, died Sept. 18…
Hennepin County raids day-care centers as part of fraud investigation

Hennepin County raids day-care centers as part of fraud investigation

Charges are pending against a number of people suspected of seeking subsidies for more children than they actually cared for.
Hennepin County's sprawling Sentencing to Service program runs 7 days a week

Hennepin County's sprawling Sentencing to Service program runs 7 days a week

About 17,000 offenders work off their dues to society through the Sentencing to Service program.

Hennepin, Ramsey county boards approve tax levy ceilings

The two counties raised their maximum property tax hikes to 4.5% and 2.8%, respectively.
Mourners remember 5 lives cut short by domestic violence

Mourners remember 5 lives cut short by domestic violence

In a memorial service Sunday in Eden Prairie, several hundred mourners heard about both sides of the Short family,
Rain gets in way of topping-out ceremony at U.S. Bank Stadium

Rain gets in way of topping-out ceremony at U.S. Bank Stadium

About 800 people gathered in the rainy, muddy field to commemorate progress on the $1.1 billion project.
Defendant cites membership in First Church of Cannabis for pot use

Defendant cites membership in First Church of Cannabis for pot use

She says smoking doesn't violate her probation because of her "sincerely held" religious beliefs.
Vikings envision offices, small stadium, retail, hotel at new Eagan site

Vikings envision offices, small stadium, retail, hotel at new Eagan site

Team aims to provide a more complete fan experience at new HQ.
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