Reporter | Politics and Government

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.


Ellison enters second term, seeking more funding, focus on civil tools to address crime

Attorney general says he's ready to seek third term or another statewide office in four years.


Walz proposes early U.S. Bank Stadium payoff, $15.7M for a secure perimeter

Vikings, stadium authority say there's also a need for an ongoing maintenance fund.


Walz tucks tax, fee increases among checks, credits in budget

Governor seeks a Twin Cities metro sales tax increase and new capital gains, cannabis and payroll taxes.


Minnesota Asian and Pacific Caucus leaders say they live in state of 'red-alert,' mourn shooting victims

The 10-member legislative caucus responded to California mass shooting while announcing agenda and leaders.


New DFL majority moving fast to confirm commissioners, pass unifying bills

Pace marks shift from Gov. Walz's first term when GOP-led Senate withheld confirmation votes as leverage.


HHS secretary urges Minn. DFL leaders to keep 'pushing forward' on abortion access

Xavier Becerra's visit comes as House Democrats vote to enshrine abortion access into state law; GOP calls lack of limits extreme.


U.S. Sen. Tina Smith will recruit, campaign for Democratic Senate candidates across country

Smith will serve as vice chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee through 2024.


New DFL senator pushes extension of unemployment benefits for hard-hit miners

Senate passed bill targeting those laid off at Northshore Mining operations in Babbitt and Silver Bay.


Ex-Sheriff Hutchinson reinstated at Metro Transit with a pay bump

David Hutchinson, who was on medical leave as sheriff since May, has been back on the Met Council payroll since Jan. 2


Gov. Tim Walz showcases first Minnesota-made demo electric fire truck

Governor says his public safety budget will have flexibility for municipalities to buy the vehicles.