Rochelle Olson | Star Tribune
Reporter | General Assignment

Rochelle Olson is a general assignment reporter for the Star Tribune. Olson has been on the quick strike team for three years, writing about a wide variety of topics. She specializes in the intersection of sports, business and culture.

Olson has covered St. Paul and Minneapolis City Halls, Ramsey and Hennepin county governments as well as courts and state government. Before joining the Star Tribune in 2000, Olson worked for eight years with the Associated Press in Kansas City, Topeka, Charleston, W.Va. and St. Paul. She has a master's degree from the University of Kansas and a bachelor's from Hamline University. She grew up in Bloomington. She loves to swim and do yoga.


U turns to alcohol to boost revenue at Williams, Mariucci

The request, sent to University of Minnesota's Board of Regents, follows a national trend of selling more alcohol at college sporting events.


Metro Transit reports record light-rail ridership on Final Four championship game day

The number of passengers on the last day of the Final Four topped 130,000.


Hennepin County reports drop in child protection caseloads

Hennepin County Board invested in staff, family resources to keep more kids out of system.


Calif. man charged with swindling Vikings out of $35,000 luxury suite for two games

Check bounced after man threw a party and used a cabin suite for 49ers game, according to the complaint.


Kate Mortenson seeks up to $2M to turn Minnesota Sports Corp. into 'regional event catalyst'

CEO wants to "make our own success," but others say a new state-funded organization would duplicate work already being done.


Final Four gives the Twin Cities one more shining moment

As the Twin Cities area wrapped up host duties for the men's basketball tournament, it proved once again that it can host a national megaevent.


NCAA fans either jubilant or looking for a way out of Mpls.

Fans of Michigan State and Auburn were looking for ways to get out of town, while Virginia and Texas Tech fans celebrated. "Everything was great except for the game," said one Michigan State fan.


Minnesota Madness begins countdown to the crown

Tens of thousands of basketball fans descended on the streets and skyways, reveling all day and into the night in Final Four fan activities that stretched from U.S. Bank Stadium to the Minneapolis Convention Center and along Nicollet Mall.


Downtown gets ready to adjust for Final Four crowds, changes

Downtown business owners and workers will make adjustments with an anticipated arrival of nearly 100,000 visitors from out of town.


Final Four teams, fans arrive in Minneapolis as anticipation builds

Nicollet Mall Tip-Off Tailgate is taking shape, as teams start arriving at hotels.