Reporter | General Assignment

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.


Chauvin enters not guilty plea to federal civil rights charge involving a 14-year-old

Charges allege Chauvin held the teenager down until he passed out in 2017


Supreme Court overturns Noor third-degree murder conviction

Decision could cut 8 years from sentence of ex-Mpls. officer, affect other cases.


Noor decision has broader impact on Chauvin case, other police prosecutions

Some lawyers said third-degree murder can't be used against four former officers in pending cases.


Former police officer Potter seeks dismissal of added charge in Wright shooting

Potter's lawyers say she clearly attempted to use her Taser, not kill Wright after traffic stop.


Judge overseeing Mpls. police ballot question is prepared, collaborative

Jamie Anderson is overseeing the continuing dispute over the Minneapolis police ballot question


Uptown driver who killed, injured protesters in June found competent for trial

Nicholas Kraus is accused of driving into protesters after law enforcement shooting of Winston Boogie Smith.


U shot putter Nedrick acquitted of sexual assault charge

Kevin Nedrick has been suspended from the Gophers track and field team since his arrest a year ago.


Apple Valley homecoming: Gold medalist Steveson gets jubilant reception

Olympic wrestling gold medalist Gable Steveson returned for a celebration in the high school gym where just three years ago he would have been sitting among the school's 1,600 students.


Gun owners group loses bid to allow permit carriers to bring guns to the Minnesota State Fair

Ramsey County judge denied the group's request for a temporary order.


Judge denies deadline extension for ex-Brooklyn Center police officer's defense in Daunte Wright shooting

Lawyers for Kimberly Potter wanted to know if additional charges would be filed.