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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 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.
What you need to know before today's first Vikings game

What you need to know before today'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.
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.
Vikings seek $655,000 in attorneys fees from Wells Fargo in sign fight

Vikings seek $655,000 in attorneys fees from Wells Fargo in sign fight

Federal judge told Wells Fargo to remove elevated rooftop signs near U.S. Bank Stadium.
Loose exterior panels plague U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis

Loose exterior panels plague U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis

Several black zinc panels on U.S. Bank Stadium came loose amid a severe evening storm and stadium officials were at a loss to explain the cause.
Star Tribune columnist Sid Hartman honored at new Vikings stadium

Star Tribune columnist Sid Hartman honored at new Vikings stadium

When journalists arrive at the new U.S. Bank Stadium, Star Tribune columnist Sid Hartman's image will greet them at the media entrance.
Craft breweries get to pop their tops at U.S. Bank Stadium

Craft breweries get to pop their tops at U.S. Bank Stadium

Smaller Twin Cities operations including Insight, Bauhaus and Sociable will get a chance to put their suds in the spotlight.
Vikings win legal fight with Wells Fargo over rooftop signs

Vikings win legal fight with Wells Fargo over rooftop signs

Judge scolds both sides in ruling against Wells Fargo.
Eagan City Council votes to move ahead with Vikings headquarters

Eagan City Council votes to move ahead with Vikings headquarters

After 35 years, the NFL team wants to move from Winter Park.
Monticello man on verge of deportation after 55 years in U.S.

Monticello man on verge of deportation after 55 years in U.S.

Now on the verge of 60, Peter Briggs may be sent to Germany, the country of his birth. He's been in the Sherburne county jail since February.
Time to move in: Mortenson hands over keys to U.S. Bank Stadium

Time to move in: Mortenson hands over keys to U.S. Bank Stadium

Team, state take over U.S. Bank Stadium from contractor.
2 Vikings stadium contractors face $173K in fines for death, injury

2 Vikings stadium contractors face $173K in fines for death, injury

OSHA says worker's death last August arose from "willful" safety violation on the U.S. Bank Stadium building site. Contractor Mortenson Construction and subcontractor Berwald Roofing face fines of $173,400.
Tornadoes ripped through Twin Cities 35 years ago Tuesday

Tornadoes ripped through Twin Cities 35 years ago Tuesday

Three tornadoes left one dead and 84 injured.
Wells Fargo, Vikings go at it again in federal court over signs near stadium

Wells Fargo, Vikings go at it again in federal court over signs near stadium

Each seeks dismissal of a lawsuit over rooftop signs on two 17-story office towers near the new U.S. Bank Stadium.
Vikings' move to new Eagan home is chugging forward again

Vikings' move to new Eagan home is chugging forward again

The Vikings aim to redevelop the 185-acre site of the former Northwest Airlines headquarters as their new corporate home and practice facility with a 10,000-seat stadium.
Landscaper lays the groundwork at new Vikings stadium

Landscaper lays the groundwork at new Vikings stadium

While everybody else was looking up at the 270-foot high prow rising on the new U.S. Bank Stadium, Tadd Kreun was looking down.
Want to tour U.S. Bank Stadium? There are options

Want to tour U.S. Bank Stadium? There are options

Tickets for the $19 guided tours went on sale Thursday and moved briskly. Those tours begin Aug. 24 and run through Nov. 24.
School board postpones decision on whether to ban graphic novel

School board postpones decision on whether to ban graphic novel

Librarian, principal and superintendent agreed to remove "This One Summer" from the school library.

What's on tap for the long Memorial Day weekend? Lots of rain

Storms are predicted though Sunday, but Memorial Day should be dry with summery temperatures.
Minn. school criticized for pulling book after complaint

Minn. school criticized for pulling book after complaint

After a parent complaint, the only school in the Henning, Minn., district pulled the award-winning coming-of-age story "This One Summer." "We didn't ban it," the superintendent said. "We took it off the library shelves."
Memorial Day motorists reminded to move over for safety

Memorial Day motorists reminded to move over for safety

New video from AAA shows cars whizzing precariously close to its tow-truck drivers.
This dog's GoPro photos from Twin Cities parks are guaranteed to delight

This dog's GoPro photos from Twin Cities parks are guaranteed to delight

A camera-equipped Twin Cities dog has become social media's best friend.
Revival, Ike's, Spoon and Stable will join Zimmern for food at U.S. Bank Stadium

Revival, Ike's, Spoon and Stable will join Zimmern for food at U.S. Bank Stadium

Aramark announces local food partners for new Vikings Stadium

1,000-acre BWCA fire 30% contained but high winds continue Monday

Fire caused by prescribed burn going out of control
U.S. Bank Stadium construction draws to conclusion safely ahead of equity hiring goals

U.S. Bank Stadium construction draws to conclusion safely ahead of equity hiring goals

U.S. Bank Stadium project has hired many women, minorities, workers from poorer neighborhoods.
Minneapolis bids on 2017, 2018 X Games for U.S. Bank Stadium

Minneapolis bids on 2017, 2018 X Games for U.S. Bank Stadium

The event, featuring skateboarding, BMX and Moto X competitions targets millennials.
Sweet! Sweet Martha's expanding at Minnesota State Fair

Sweet! Sweet Martha's expanding at Minnesota State Fair

Buckets, cones of warm cookies already gross the most among fair foods.
Vote on Minnesota Vikings' Eagan development pushed back to June

Vote on Minnesota Vikings' Eagan development pushed back to June

Team plans to move headquarters from Eden Prairie to former Northwest Airlines site.
U.S. Bank Stadium tours will go behind the scenes for $19 starting in August

U.S. Bank Stadium tours will go behind the scenes for $19 starting in August

Professional guides will lead small-group tours to places not usually open to the public.
Private Prince service planned for Sunday in Minnetonka

Private Prince service planned for Sunday in Minnetonka

Up to 500 people, including 50 high-profile guests, are expected at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses for the 5 p.m. Sunday service.
Prince's ex-wives host invite-only memorial in LA for the late star

Prince's ex-wives host invite-only memorial in LA for the late star

Spike Lee, Nile Rodgers, Esperanza Spaulding and Tavis Smiley were among the attendees at the private gathering.
NFL announces Feb. 4 as date for 2018 Super Bowl in Minneapolis

NFL announces Feb. 4 as date for 2018 Super Bowl in Minneapolis

Minnesota was selected as the site of the game by NFL owners in 2014, but the league hadn't officially identified the date until Wednesday. Now the countdown begins.
Vikings plan horn-like sculpture on west plaza of new stadium

Vikings plan horn-like sculpture on west plaza of new stadium

The sculpture, which likely won't be completed until later in August, will be 107 feet long, 25 feet high, 30 feet wide and weigh more than 38 tons.
Turf getting put down in U.S. Bank Stadium

Turf getting put down in U.S. Bank Stadium

The purple Vikings' end zones hadn't been put down yet, but it was evident that fans with those seats would be sitting mere feet from the field.
Prince was in talks for an Aug. 13 concert at U.S. Bank Stadium

Prince was in talks for an Aug. 13 concert at U.S. Bank Stadium

The late Minnesota music legend Prince was in talks to perform at U.S. Bank Stadium, which opens Aug. 3, before he died unexpectedly last month.…
Field turf being installed this week at new Vikings stadium

Field turf being installed this week at new Vikings stadium

Vikings vice president Lester Bagley calls the turf "one of the last visible milestones" of construction.
Vikings, Wells Fargo file competing motions in signage dispute

Vikings, Wells Fargo file competing motions in signage dispute

Judge Donovan Frank will conduct a hearing on June 3.
Bernhardson defeats Bransford in unusual election for Hennepin County chief judge

Bernhardson defeats Bransford in unusual election for Hennepin County chief judge

Bernhardson was the presumptive winner until Bransford jumped in to challenge her.
Now enough local Target Field workers to avoid busing in out-of-staters

Now enough local Target Field workers to avoid busing in out-of-staters

Twins games this weekend will be staged by local hires from new pool of applicants.

Fatality reported in overnight house fire in Brooklyn Park

Brooklyn Park fire chief says cause of blaze, death remain under investigation.
Harper Lee sent signed books to paralyzed hockey player Jack Jablonski

Harper Lee sent signed books to paralyzed hockey player Jack Jablonski

"As private as she was, she had a big heart for someone like Jack."
Willmar sailor's remains return home 72 years after his D-Day death

Willmar sailor's remains return home 72 years after his D-Day death

A nephew's years of sleuthing led to identification of remains in an unmarked grave in France.
Vikings stadium job fair begins in search for 2,500 part-time workers

Vikings stadium job fair begins in search for 2,500 part-time workers

Most are part time; many are union.
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