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.


Lawyer for George Floyd's survivors calls for congressional action

Civil rights lawyers say uniform national response needed for victims of racial violence


Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton urge immediate jailing, charges for police in Floyd's death

Civil rights leaders held separate south Minneapolis events near crime scene.


ICU beds in use hit record daily high in Minn.

As Minnesotans marked the official start of summer, the number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care climbed to a record high of 248 with the largest increase in a single day.


745 new COVID cases in Minnesota, 12 more deaths

The number of ICU cases rose 20 percent to 248, the Minnesota Department of Health said. Of the 12 who died, 10 were in long-term care facilities, and all were at older than 60.


'Safety comes first': COVID-19 causes State Fair to be called off

Although the COVID-19 infection peak in Minnesota is expected in July, the threat of contagion killed this year's event, which draws hundreds of thousands from around the state.


Decision looms on whether to hold State Fair as board meets today

Fair officials declined to comment, while vendors remain nervous about their chances.


Minnesota judge: Electronic pulltabs don't violate tribal gambling monopoly

The state's tribes argued that the single button on e-pulltabs made them similar to slot machines.


Legislature OKs Vikings selling alcohol outside stadium on game days

Bill also would allow sales in the front lawn park and at Walker Sculpture Garden, Boom Island on occasion.


St. Paul ministers disappointed by lack of black high school principals

St. Paul ministers say superintendent has failed.


Minnesota court: Police can't see hotel registries without reasonable suspicion

In a 4-3 decision, the court ruled that a guest's presence at a hotel is potentially sensitive and shouldn't be wide open for law enforcement.