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.


Apartment renters can join the Minnesota Vikings' Eagan neighborhood next summer

The team owners expect to have 261 units on the market.


Hennepin County won't file charges against Brooklyn Center officers in fatal shooting

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said the two officers who fired reasonably believed they and Kobe Dimock-Heisler's grandmother were in "danger of death or great bodily harm" when they fired six shots.


Eerie quiet surrounds Target Field, downtown Minneapolis for Twins home opener

For a few fans, just being close to the home opener was worth the trip.


Hennepin County's first chief judge of color takes helm at unprecedented time

Barnette takes the helm at an unprecedented moment for Hennepin County


Judge agrees to release names of jurors in Mohamed Noor trial

Juror information is typically released soon after a verdict; judge worries about privacy.


Former Kimball coach hopes for second chance after nightmare accusations

Johnny Benson wasn't charged with any crimes. But he's still out of a job. "I didn't do anything wrong. I'm embarrassed and humiliated," said the grandson of legendary former St. John's football coach John Gagliardi.


Body-cam transcripts: George Floyd repeatedly begged police not to kill him

In his fatal encounter with Minneapolis police, George Floyd used the word "please" nearly five dozen times, according to newly released transcripts of police body camera footage.


Face coverings will be required at all Minnesota courthouses beginning Monday

Visitors should bring their own masks to wear while in any of the state's 105 court facilities.


Champlin man who crashed into north Minneapolis bus shelter found incompetent for sentencing

Court will review George Jensen's mental status in six months


What you need to know about plans to defund Minneapolis Police

In the weeks since George Floyd died after being pinned by since-fired Minneapolis police officers, activists and some City Council members have called for defunding,…