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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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UMD College Republicans official steps down after white supremacist posts on Facebook page

In a statement, the group's president called the posts "tasteless," as well as "inappropriate and not representing the values of our organization."
Media argues case to intervene in Jacob Wetterling documents dispute

Media argues case to intervene in Jacob Wetterling documents dispute

Murder victim's parents argue some documents are too intensely private.
St. Paul Winter Carnival plans ice palace for Super Bowl, but cost not set

St. Paul Winter Carnival plans ice palace for Super Bowl, but cost not set

Organizers say the cost could run anywhere from $2 million to $15 million, depending on the community and fundraising response.
Wilfs teaming up with Nashville billionaire on MLS team bid for Tennessee

Wilfs teaming up with Nashville billionaire on MLS team bid for Tennessee

Mark Wilf says owning a Nashville soccer team wouldn't be a distraction.
Mankato businesses face life without the Vikings after 52 years

Mankato businesses face life without the Vikings after 52 years

The college town ponders the loss of a modest economic boost and its annual moment in the purple spotlight.
At Bloomington mosque, Dayton calls blast an 'act of terrorism'

At Bloomington mosque, Dayton calls blast an 'act of terrorism'

In announcing a $24,000 award offered for information leading to the perpetrator, Asad Zaman, executive director of the Muslim America Society of Minnesota, said, "We are saddened."
Pickle beer and Red Bull slushies among new brews at State Fair

Pickle beer and Red Bull slushies among new brews at State Fair

The State Fair will serve new brews inspired by and flavored with everything from lingonberries, apples and cucumbers to cotton candy, Red Bull and Limoncello.
Minnesota biodiesel standards to double in 2018

Minnesota biodiesel standards to double in 2018

Gov. Mark Dayton cancels trip to Minnesota Farmfest due to illness.
Adding women's locker room among upgrades at U.S. Bank Stadium

Adding women's locker room among upgrades at U.S. Bank Stadium

Expanded kitchen in the Hyundai Club also in the works.
Dayton appeals ruling that rejected his line-item veto strategy

Dayton appeals ruling that rejected his line-item veto strategy

The governor is arguing that his office must be protected from legislative encroachment.
Wetterlings file legal motion to keep media out of privacy fight over investigative files

Wetterlings file legal motion to keep media out of privacy fight over investigative files

In a motion filed this week, the Wetterlings say the media shouldn't have access to contested documents.
Legislative auditor: U should consider limiting regents' friends, family at TCF Bank Stadium suite

Legislative auditor: U should consider limiting regents' friends, family at TCF Bank Stadium suite

Policy is that "strategic guests are supplemented with family and friends, who are always welcome in the suite," a new report notes.
U.S. Bank Stadium's security firm awaits decision from regulatory board on license renewal

U.S. Bank Stadium's security firm awaits decision from regulatory board on license renewal

Chicago-based Monterrey Security chief spoke briefly before the panel deferred vote.
Wright County boy beats back E. coli that killed younger sister

Wright County boy beats back E. coli that killed younger sister

"It's so great to see he is finally starting to feel better," mom writes on CaringBridge.
At MSP Airport, the day after the Super Bowl will be a super test

At MSP Airport, the day after the Super Bowl will be a super test

On Monday, Feb. 5, an estimated 70,000 commercial air travelers will arrive at MSP to fly out.
In new dispute, Vikings say stadium agency can't sell seats

In new dispute, Vikings say stadium agency can't sell seats

The team says the suites were "gifted" by the team to the MSFA for the agency's use only. The MSFA disagrees.
Goats at work: St. Paul's weed-eating brigade moves to another park

Goats at work: St. Paul's weed-eating brigade moves to another park

The goats have been eating invasive plants at Indian Mounds park since May.
Vikings, Mankato parting ways after one final training camp

Vikings, Mankato parting ways after one final training camp

Training camp generally draws about 60,000 fans to Mankato over two weeks. The Vikings expect more visitors to their new suburban facility, but won't put a number on how many.
Target Center looks to get back in the game with $140M renovation

Target Center looks to get back in the game with $140M renovation

When the new Minnesota Timberwolves season opens in three months, Target Center will look as rejuvenated as the team's new roster.
Dayton names new chair of U.S. Bank Stadium oversight board

Dayton names new chair of U.S. Bank Stadium oversight board

Turnaround executive Mike Vekich takes over in wake of MSFA suites controversy.
Target Field charity policy for public suite is an instant hit

Target Field charity policy for public suite is an instant hit

The Minnesota Ballpark Authority also heard about the Twins' plans to improve the main concourse in the offseason.
Minnesota Super Bowl volunteer center to open on Nicollet Mall

Minnesota Super Bowl volunteer center to open on Nicollet Mall

Former Sports Authority corner will serve as the headquarters through the game Feb. 4.
X Games bring global spotlight, big show, traffic to U.S. Bank Stadium

X Games bring global spotlight, big show, traffic to U.S. Bank Stadium

Up to 160,000 fans likely in Minneapolis over four days.
Dayton declares 'Spam Day' in Minnesota

Dayton declares 'Spam Day' in Minnesota

He called the canned meat a "uniquely Minnesota icon."
Judge extends deadline for Wetterlings to identify disputed documents

Judge extends deadline for Wetterlings to identify disputed documents

As new issues arise, including an FBI request, a judge moves the deadline to challenge the release of some documents to July 31.
Minnesota's top election official won't give voter info to Trump panel

Minnesota's top election official won't give voter info to Trump panel

Steve Simon questioned whether Minnesota law would allow him to do it and what end the information would be used.
No quick fix for commute woes near downtown Minneapolis

No quick fix for commute woes near downtown Minneapolis

Road construction, light-rail repairs and rain combined to turn the Wednesday morning commute into a long slog. A Metro Transit official warns that rush-hour relief might not come until next week.
Media groups challenge privacy protections for Wetterling file

Media groups challenge privacy protections for Wetterling file

The parents of Jacob Wetterling filed a lawsuit earlier this month to keep personal information about their family from public view.
State agency hands over U.S. Bank Stadium luxury suites to its hired marketer

State agency hands over U.S. Bank Stadium luxury suites to its hired marketer

U.S. Bank Stadium's operator will control suites for big upcoming events.
U.S. Bank Stadium panel slashes salary of chairwoman, gives raises to staff

U.S. Bank Stadium panel slashes salary of chairwoman, gives raises to staff

Move comes as stadium panel seeks a long-term person for the position.
Access crusader Tony Webster gets to heart of Castile shooting files

Access crusader Tony Webster gets to heart of Castile shooting files

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.
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