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.


Birk, Flanagan want voters to weigh what they bring to ticket

Minnesota's lieutenant governor candidates differ greatly in style, substance.


Hutchinson's officer license suspended for a month after DWI crash

The Hennepin County sheriff has been on unspecified medical leave since May.


Campaign check: Jensen repeats false rumor that Minnesota schools have litter boxes for 'furry' students

The GOP candidate for governor has made the claim multiple times without offering proof. The Minnesota Department of Education says it's not happening.


DFL says Republican AG nominee Schultz's history on abortion is dangerous

DFL state chair says "bring it on" to Schultz's threatened defamation lawsuit.


GOP's Crockett won't commit to accepting Nov. election results

Incumbent Secretary of State Steve Simon, a Democrat, says Minnesota elections have safeguards and are secure. Republican challenger Kim Crockett raised doubts about election integrity.


U.S. Bank Stadium won't host Kansas City-Tampa Bay game Sunday

U.S. Bank Stadium won't play host to the NFL's marquee game Sunday night because Tampa Bay was spared extensive damage from Hurricane Ian, the Buccaneers announced Thursday.


New state program aims to ease transition to college

Direct Admissions seeks to close equity gaps in education.


Minneapolis will host Buccaneers vs. Chiefs if hurricane forces game to move

The NFL's premier game this weekend would move across the country to U.S, Bank Stadium if the damage from Hurricane Ian forces the league to relocate it from Florida.


U.S. Bank Stadium may get new, permanent security fencing

The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority directed staffers to choose a firm to design the fence and landscaping. The Minnesota Vikings have sought the fencing since the building opened in 2016.


Minnesota Poll: 54% say crime has increased past few years

Just over half say crime is up, just under half say it's about the same.