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.


Former U.S. attorney in Minnesota joins former GOP prosecutors voting for Biden

Tom Heffelfinger, 19 ex-prosecutors sign letter saying president is abusing power.


Mike Opat will leave Hennepin County board right after election

He resigns early after nearly three decades on Hennepin County Board.


Frequent Supreme Court candidate on ballot and facing probation again

Frequent candidate has a history of legal trouble; she's running against Justice Thissen.


Trucker who drove onto I-35W during Floyd protest charged

Bogdan Vechirko faces one felony and one misdemeanor count in Hennepin County.


Vikings have plans to put fans in seats, but must wait for Walz's OK

Five home games remain in the Minnesota Vikings' 2020 season, and the team is still hoping to bring fans into U.S. Bank Stadium — if they can get the go-ahead from the governor.


Judge denies prosecution request to seal filings in George Floyd case

Defense wants to admit video from his May 2019 arrest by Mpls. police.


Three Frozen Fours coming to state; wrestling, volleyball snubbed

Minneapolis sports officials made a pitch for the 2023 wrestling tournament after the 2020 event, which was expected to bring 40,000 fans to town, was canceled by the pandemic.


Prosecutors ask to keep details of 2019 Floyd arrest out of public view

Defense claims Floyd has been falsely portrayed as a "law-abiding" victim in fear for his life.


Prosecutors want stiff sentences for cops charged in Floyd killing

New motion in Floyd case provides additional basis for extended sentences for four former MPD officers.


North football coach Adams leaving Mpls. police to direct security for Twins

Charles Adams III, 40, started with the Twins on Monday, calling the job a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity." Matt Hoy, the Twins' senior vice president for operations, announced the hire Thursday. Adams will continue to coach.