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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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Vikings look to Chanhassen for new headquarters

Vikings look to Chanhassen for new headquarters

The current Winter Park site in Eden Prairie is short on office space, playing fields.
Hopes and cheers will pave the way to Vikings' plaza

Hopes and cheers will pave the way to Vikings' plaza

Some fans are laying down a couple of hundred dollars for a personalized piece of granite that will line the western plaza of the new stadium.

Minn. Appeals Court strikes down criminal defamation law

A man convicted of criminal defamation for posting sexually explicit comments, purportedly by his ex-girlfriend and her minor daughter, won a reversal Tuesday from the Minnesota Court of Appeals, which struck down a 52-year-old state law.
Detention deputy climbs the ranks to lead Hennepin County Corrections

Detention deputy climbs the ranks to lead Hennepin County Corrections

Chester Cooper came to Minnesota to play wide receiver for the Gophers in the 1970s.

Hennepin County Board wants more kids to learn to swim

Majority of board members express desire to use Target Field tax revenue for swimming.
Vikings creating tech infrastructure to match scope of stadium

Vikings creating tech infrastructure to match scope of stadium

At the heart of the Vikings’ gameday fan plan is the concept of connectivity — to the Vikings’ brand, the players, each other.
Players want NFL held in contempt over Peterson case

Players want NFL held in contempt over Peterson case

Discipline of Dallas Cowboys player Greg Hardy sparked the latest filing against the league.
Vikings bump up team's contribution to stadium by $14M

Vikings bump up team's contribution to stadium by $14M

About $13 million of the $14 million will be directed toward the stadium’s television system, including more than 2,000 HDTV monitors that will be displayed throughout the building.

Hennepin Co. taxes will likely pay for better child protection

Minnesota’s move toward more aggressive investigation of child-abuse reports will mean more cases and more caseworkers — and more money needed.
Arrest warrant out for ex-Gophers basketball player McNeil

Arrest warrant out for ex-Gophers basketball player McNeil

Daquein McNeil’s former lawyer says he doesn’t know where the player is.
Golden Valley man admits supplying guns to New Hope cop shooter

Golden Valley man admits supplying guns to New Hope cop shooter

Supplier is likely to get 12 to 18 months in prison when sentenced.
Sept. 26, 2013: There's progress for the homeless in Hennepin County

Sept. 26, 2013: There's progress for the homeless in Hennepin County

Hennepin County is midway through an intensive two-year pilot project aimed at getting people who haven’t had shelter for a long time into stable housing. Results look positive.
Faribault welcomes its winners amid controversy

Faribault welcomes its winners amid controversy

The school held a pep rally to honor a team engulfed in controversy and school officials were celebrating the dance team’s victory during a high school basketball game later in the evening.
Revitalized Downtown East betting on stadium momentum

Revitalized Downtown East betting on stadium momentum

Construction dominates skyline, but other changes are in store.
Glass work soon to begin at new Vikings stadium

Glass work soon to begin at new Vikings stadium

10,000 shiny panes eventually will form the skin of the soaring structure. Bird lovers remain unhappy, saying the glass will jeopardize migrating songbirds.
Minnesota moves closer to MLS; stadium issue needs to be settled

Minnesota moves closer to MLS; stadium issue needs to be settled

The remaining hurdle for Minnesota is finalizing for a new downtown outdoor soccer stadium, as preferred by the league. How it would be funded is still unknown.
Minneapolis police officer files whistleblower lawsuit over 'pointergate'

Minneapolis police officer files whistleblower lawsuit over 'pointergate'

He alleges he was unfairly transferred after fallout from mayor’s high-profile photo.
Hennepin County seeks to halt rail traffic by buying key property in Crystal

Hennepin County seeks to halt rail traffic by buying key property in Crystal

Hennepin County Board pledges a fight to stop routing of heavier trains through northwestern suburbs, past Wirth Park.
Bill McGuire keeps after MLS franchise, new soccer stadium

Bill McGuire keeps after MLS franchise, new soccer stadium

Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk says there’s no legislative support for building the stadium.
Four activists push bird safety at Vikings stadium to forefront

Four activists push bird safety at Vikings stadium to forefront

Casual birders and nature lovers, they are waging fight over glass for new Vikings stadium.
Judge overturns Peterson's suspension; NFL to appeal

Judge overturns Peterson's suspension; NFL to appeal

Judge David Doty determined that the NFL arbitrator exceeded his authority in suspending the Vikings running back. The league returned him to the commissioner's exempt list.

Floodgates open for first Section 8 applications since 2007

More than 13,000 apply to the Met Council to have future shot at the rental assistance program.
Mpls. panel rebuffs latest bird safety effort for park near Vikings stadium

Mpls. panel rebuffs latest bird safety effort for park near Vikings stadium

The latest effort to protect migratory birds near the new Minnesota Vikings stadium hit a dead end at the Minneapolis City Council on Thursday.
Minnesota Super Bowl CEO dazzled by this year's game

Minnesota Super Bowl CEO dazzled by this year's game

Phoenix effort helps local group plan size, scope for 2018 game, said Maureen Bausch.
Vikings stadium won't get special bird-safe glass, authority says

Vikings stadium won't get special bird-safe glass, authority says

The new Vikings stadium won’t get the special glass that migratory bird advocates are seeking because there would be a major cost involved in delaying the project.
Vikings seek to commission local artists for works at new stadium

Vikings seek to commission local artists for works at new stadium

The Minnesota Vikings raised the culture quotient at their new stadium with a request Thursday for hometown artists to apply for commissions so their work…

Hennepin County's dated Southdale Library may be in for a new chapter

County leaders are weighing whether to raze the 42-year-old building, which also houses a service center and courtrooms.
Denny Hecker appears headed for divorce No. 5 from prison

Denny Hecker appears headed for divorce No. 5 from prison

This past fall, Christi Rowan-Hecker sought a restraining order against Hecker, saying he threatened to have her followed.
WWE figure named new general manager of Vikings stadium

WWE figure named new general manager of Vikings stadium

Patrick Talty starts Monday in booking events for the $1.1 billion facility in Minneapolis.
Vikings stadium workers don't sweat below-zero temps

Vikings stadium workers don't sweat below-zero temps

Clothing alone does not a warm worker make, especially with a windchill advisory that was extended through 10 a.m. Wednesday by the National Weather Service.
As gas prices plummet, consumers delight, but benefits don't go far

As gas prices plummet, consumers delight, but benefits don't go far

Among those benefiting are those who drive a lot and car dealers. Not so much: diesel fuel users and air passengers.
Minnetonka's Callison poised to become Hennepin County's top figure

Minnetonka's Callison poised to become Hennepin County's top figure

The former mayor and council member is seen as the favorite to be named chairwoman in 2015.
New details emerge in Hwy. 212 police shooting

New details emerge in Hwy. 212 police shooting

New documents and dash camera videos show the confusion and tension before police killed a couple.
Hennepin County Board criticizes sheriff's overtime costs

Hennepin County Board criticizes sheriff's overtime costs

Commissioners debate cuts to Stanek’s budget after overtime doubles to $5 million.
Tricked-out food truck keeps Vikings stadium workers well fed

Tricked-out food truck keeps Vikings stadium workers well fed

From his tricked-out truck parked before dawn on the edge of the gritty construction site of the new Minnesota Vikings stadium, Ryan McCann sells a…
Vikings exceeded ticket sales goals for new stadium in 2014

Vikings exceeded ticket sales goals for new stadium in 2014

The Minnesota Vikings are outperforming expectations off the field, if not on it. Ticket sales for the new $1.1 billion stadium are exceeding goals and the team is adding suites to accommodate demand, according to information released Monday by the team’s front office.
Opat won't run again for chairmanship of Hennepin County Board

Opat won't run again for chairmanship of Hennepin County Board

The 22-year Hennepin County commissioner has led the panel for nine years.
No. 10: NFL had a long, pricey and secret Super Bowl wish list for Minneapolis

No. 10: NFL had a long, pricey and secret Super Bowl wish list for Minneapolis

The National Football League had a long and expensive list of confidential requests before it awarded the 2018 Super Bowl to Minneapolis.
No. 1: Behind Adrian Peterson's perfect image lay an imperfect person

No. 1: Behind Adrian Peterson's perfect image lay an imperfect person

Adrian Peterson was the face of the Vikings and marketing magic, his brushes with the law and personal life ignored – until suddenly no one could look away.
Hennepin County increases levy; Ramsey County holds steady

Hennepin County increases levy; Ramsey County holds steady

Hennepin County increases by 2.1 percent while Ramsey County will again hold steady.
Vikings treat stadium workers to a free lunch

Vikings treat stadium workers to a free lunch

900 workers get burgers and Vikings hoodies in a show of thanks.
Vikings, 3M to test bird-safe film for stadium this spring

Vikings, 3M to test bird-safe film for stadium this spring

A Twin Cities-based manufacturing and innovation giant is working with the Minnesota Vikings on an effort to save migratory birds from colliding with 200,000 square feet of glass on the new stadium rising in Downtown East.
Twins will add bar, remove retail in $2.5M changes to Target Field

Twins will add bar, remove retail in $2.5M changes to Target Field

The bar would replace retail space on the main concourse between Gate 6 and the left-field foul pole. About 200 fans could gather at the new bar, which will be elevated, creating additional drink rows from which to see the field.
Gophers' McNeil appears in court on assault charges

Gophers' McNeil appears in court on assault charges

He’s charged with choking and whipping his girlfriend last week.
Megamall maven is amped up for her Super Bowl gig

Megamall maven is amped up for her Super Bowl gig

Maureen Bausch is about to leave shopping’s mecca for America’s No. 1 sporting event.
At 70, Hennepin County Judge Robert Small moves on to his next job

At 70, Hennepin County Judge Robert Small moves on to his next job

Just four months shy of a 50-year anniversary in public service, Hennepin County Judge Robert Small packed his boxes last week and moved out of…
June 2013: Big changes ahead for Minneapolis' Cedar-Riverside area

June 2013: Big changes ahead for Minneapolis' Cedar-Riverside area

On the heels of a $100 million-plus update of the colorful Riverside Plaza apartment towers, changes to the neighborhood include adding a second light-rail stop, widening busy Cedar Avenue S. and redirecting 5th Street as a link to downtown.
McGuire-Pohlad soccer group gets big supporter in Opat

McGuire-Pohlad soccer group gets big supporter in Opat

Hennepin County Board member backs faction seeking separate stadium.
Minnesota Vikings owners agree to put more money into stadium

Minnesota Vikings owners agree to put more money into stadium

The team plans to increase its contribution by almost $650,000 to make changes reportedly to food service, end zone seating and locker rooms. The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority is expected to rubber-stamp the additional money Friday.
Jeff Johnson back to work at Hennepin County after grueling governor's race

Jeff Johnson back to work at Hennepin County after grueling governor's race

The Republican is back to a flashier style and a family vacation.
Hennepin County approves $54.5 million deal for Hiawatha-Lake land

Hennepin County approves $54.5 million deal for Hiawatha-Lake land

Construction on the last of six service centers is expected to start early in 2015 on southwest corner.
May 21: Minnesota lands 2018 Super Bowl

May 21: Minnesota lands 2018 Super Bowl

The theme of Minneapolis’ bid, “Built for the Bold,” emphasized the $1 billion Vikings stadium under construction and the state’s friendly ethos. Now, the focus moves to planning the event.
Hennepin County opens second protection case on Peterson

Hennepin County opens second protection case on Peterson

The child protection petition for a second 4-year-old child is legally required. No abuse allegation has been made.
Adrian Peterson pleads no contest to reckless assault

Adrian Peterson pleads no contest to reckless assault

Minnesota Vikings MVP Adrian Peterson pleaded no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault to whipping one of his children with a tree branch this spring.
Crash course: Lawrence, Kan.

Crash course: Lawrence, Kan.

Forget the Wizard of Oz and get familiar with the cheery red and blue Jayhawk mascot and the Rock Chalk chant.
Adrian Peterson has a courtroom MVP as defense lawyer

Adrian Peterson has a courtroom MVP as defense lawyer

For more than 20 years, Rusty Hardin has overcome negative pretrial publicity to win favorable verdicts against heinous criminal charges and complex civil matters.
Motion to remove judge from Adrian Peterson's case denied

Motion to remove judge from Adrian Peterson's case denied

Texas Judge Kelly Case will remain, possibly clearing way for Dec. 1 trial.
Cranes swinging day and night on new Vikings stadium

Cranes swinging day and night on new Vikings stadium

Cranes operate from early morning until past midnight, providing the synchronicity required to keep everyone on the site working toward the finish date.
Adrian Peterson's lawyer files 15-page motion opposing judge's recusal

Adrian Peterson's lawyer files 15-page motion opposing judge's recusal

Adrian Peterson's lawyers say prosecutors have failed to prove the necessary bias to remove a judge from hearing the child-endangerment case.
Hearing delayed a week in motion to remove Adrian Peterson judge

Hearing delayed a week in motion to remove Adrian Peterson judge

Scheduling conflict pushes back prosecutor’s request to oust judge Kelly Case.
Prosecution will try to remove judge in Adrian Peterson case

Prosecution will try to remove judge in Adrian Peterson case

Adrian Peterson will return to a Texas courtroom Wednesday to hear the prosecutor argue for a new judge in the felony child-endangerment case of the Minnesota Vikings player.
Vikings kick in another $500K for stadium; no bird-safe glass

Vikings kick in another $500K for stadium; no bird-safe glass

Pledging not to give up or go away, birders demonstrated at the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority meeting Friday, where the Minnesota Vikings announced plans to pay another $500,000 for enhancements — none of it for the bird-safe glass the protesters want.
Prosecutors seek to rearrest Peterson over smoking marijuana

Prosecutors seek to rearrest Peterson over smoking marijuana

Adrian Peterson’s admission that he smoked “a little weed” has prompted Texas prosecutors to ask a judge to revoke his $15,000 bail on a felony child abuse charge.
Child abuse trial for Adrian Peterson likely to start Dec. 1

Child abuse trial for Adrian Peterson likely to start Dec. 1

Vikings running back enters no plea as Dec. 1 trial date hinges on the Texas prosecutors' motion for the judge to step aside.

Peterson judge sets tentative trial date of Dec. 1 on child abuse charge

Running back sat in the audience, didn’t enter plea in Montgomery County, Texas, courtroom.
Adrian Peterson is expected to plead not guilty today; then what?

Adrian Peterson is expected to plead not guilty today; then what?

Adrian Peterson will plead not guilty in a Texas courtroom this morning to a felony child abuse charge. A trial date could be scheduled later this year, but a date soon would be unusual.
Vikings stadium crane operators swing carefully from 300 feet in air

Vikings stadium crane operators swing carefully from 300 feet in air

Above the city streets, crane operators help build a huge, exciting project: the new stadium.

Oct. 1, 2013: Decades-old HCMC hyperbaric chamber on view during demolition

  For fans of building demolitions and heavy machinery, the Hennepin County Medical Center offers a spectacle next week with the takedown of a submarine-style…
Adrian Peterson back on team; Vikings lose large sponsor

Adrian Peterson back on team; Vikings lose large sponsor

The Vikings star maintains he is “not a child abuser.” Radisson ends sponsorship with team as second incident surfaces.
Peterson's NFL future in doubt as charges unfold

Peterson's NFL future in doubt as charges unfold

As the explosive legal case against the Vikings star running back was laid out, it left in doubt whether Peterson would play again and touched off a debate over the appropriateness of corporal punishment.

Peterson discipline was 'intergenerational transmission'

Adrian Peterson told police the “whoopings” he gave to his 4-year-old son came from a switch similar to the ones used on him when he…

Twin Cities metro counties propose 2015 property tax collections

Hennepin, Washington, Scott counties will increase property taxes, but Ramsey will not.

Minnesota Supreme Court ponders whether a warrant should be required for alcohol tests

State Supreme Court case questions whether police can give tests without a warrant.

Ramsey, Hennepin counties look to each other for help with juvenile program

Fewer offenders in the system has Ramsey, Hennepin counties considering a joint project for residential corrections.
Beating victim Isaac Kolstad will attend MSU-Mankato opening game

Beating victim Isaac Kolstad will attend MSU-Mankato opening game

Inspiration will lead the Minnesota State University, Mankato, football team onto the field next week in the form of honorary captain Isaac Kolstad, a former…
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