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.

Kirby and Tonya Puckett's children say their mom taught them resilience, faith and joy

Tonya Puckett-Miller died at the age of 58 after a 20-month battle with glioblastoma, leaving behind her kids and grandkids.

Minnesota GOP says barring Trump would 'butcher' Constitution

State Supreme Court will hear arguments Nov. 2 to decide whether the former Republican president should be on the 2024 ballot.

U.S. Bank Stadium's secure fencing phase two could cost more than expected

Populous will likely present design options in November for protecting Minnesota Vikings fans.

Minnesota Supreme Court to hear arguments Nov. 2 in Trump ballot challenge

Led by former Secretary of State Joan Growe, group questions whether U.S. Constitution allows Trump on the ballot.

Tonya Puckett-Miller dies after 20-month battle with glioblastoma

She was married to the late Minnesota Twins superstar Kirby Puckett during his playing days.

Wolves dump WCCO, indicate they'll use 'super non-traditional' partner

The station had been the flagship for Wolves broadcasts since 2011 and offered the team more money to stay in contract negotiations.

Bipartisan group files petition to block Trump from 2024 ballot in Minnesota

Former Secretary of State Joan Growe leads the coalition of voters saying Trump should be barred.

Minnesota Veterans Affairs commissioner stepping down

Larry Herke cited a diagnosis of ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

Getting sports betting in Minnesota hinges on working out conflicts

A bill to bring sports gambling will need support at the Legislature from members of both political parties and, to get that, the state's American Indian tribes and race track officials need to feel like they will benefit.

St. Thomas professor: U.S. Constitution bars Trump from 2024 ballot

U.S. Supreme Court could be asked soon to decide issues raised by two conservative constitutional law professors.