Reporter | Politics and Government

Rochelle Olson is a reporter on the politics and government team.

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.


Supreme Court says no to Lindell's request for hearing on cell phone confiscation

The MyPillow founder's phone was seized in a Hardee's drive-thru.


Hot Dish 4.12.24

Walz wings it to New Hampshire for speech


Ban on historical horse racing advances swiftly after Racing Commission tried to legalize casino games

Horse industry supporters showed up at the Capitol with a live horse to plead for subsidies.


Ellison, Smith say 150-year-old act could be used to ban medicinal abortions

The Minnesota Democrats hit the alarm on the core election issue this year.


Hot Dish 4.5.24

Middle innings at the Capitol


New sports betting bill would bar bets on college games, push notifications, in-game action

Sen. John Marty says he proposed the safeguards because his main bill hasn't gained traction.


Judge dismisses Scott Jensen's First Amendment lawsuit against the state Board of Medical Practice

The physician and former Republican gubernatorial candidate claimed he was targeted by the board for his political views.


Sports betting sponsors say Racing Commission move on historical horse racing is illegal

Rep. Zack Stephenson says the decision will backfire on the tracks and complicate work on mobile betting bills.


Hot Dish 4.2.24

Snow in April, just like Prince penned


Governor announces six finalists for two Minnesota Supreme Court seats

By midsummer, Walz is replacing retiring justices G. Barry Anderson and Margaret Chutich.