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.


State Supreme Court allows voter data withheld from public

Access ruling reverses decisions of two lower courts.


Under pandemic pressure, Hennepin County already has nearly drained its $10 million emergency fund

Concern was expressed that the county may have to dip into its general fund, made up of property tax dollars, to cover pandemic expenses.


Nonprofit seeks to link isolated high-risk residents with volunteers

Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson established NorthStar Neighbor last weekend.


Lake Minnetonka's big boating season at risk under pandemic

It's still not clear how stay-at-home order will affect Minnetonka boating, lake fishing statewide.


Police get calls about Twin Cities gatherings during sheltering

As a general rule, parks and walking paths are open while playground equipment is off limits.


Alone in the delivery room: Pregnancy during pandemic brings altered plans

Hospitals and clinics are restricting who can be in the delivery room, prompting some tough decisions for expectant mothers.


Housing homeless in Hennepin County could easily hit $1M a week

County officials say that state help will be needed to cover what they say could be staggering costs.


Minn. court upholds liquor thief's conviction even though clerk took bottles

Store clerk fought, reclaimed liquor bottles from woman's purse


Arbitrator reinstates fired Eden Prairie police officer, saying faulty search warrant was not intentional

Officer didn't intentionally falsify record, he decides.


Stranded on a cruise ship, Minn. passengers await a two-week quarantine — and better food

Some wish the food was better, and all are anxious about the impending quarantine on land.