Reporter | Environment

Jennifer Bjorhus is a reporter covering the environment for the Star Tribune. She was a business reporter for much of her career but in recent years focused on criminal justice issues, including police use of force and responses to sexual assault. 

Bjorhus previously covered a range of topics for major metro newspapers, including the Seattle Times and San Jose Mercury News. She lives in St. Paul with her husband, Ranjit, and has two sons and a cat.


Costly water contamination from chemicals has Bemidji seeking solutions

The PFAS chemicals that have plagued east-metro communities are also in firefighting foams used in several cities throughout Minnesota.


State finds 56% of Minnesota's lakes and streams are 'impaired'

A popular stretch of the St. Croix River was found to be contaminated with phosphorus.


Minnesota's showdown with Water Gremlin intensifies

As cleanup of lead contamination continues, regulators accuse manufacturer of multiple pollution violations.


Water Gremlin can restart Tuesday as judge approves lead cleanup plan

Judge approves lead cleanup plan and allows plant to open Tuesday.


Judge extends Water Gremlin shutdown over lead concerns for one day

Water Gremlin can partly reopen this weekend if court approves a cleanup plan


Battle brews over the state-ordered shutdown of Water Gremlin plant

While some employees demonstrated with their children at the Capitol to reopen the plant, others who had worked there have spoken out about fears of illness and health risks.


State shuts down Water Gremlin after finding lead poisoning in kids

Public health investigators founds that at least 12 children of Water Gremlin workers have elevated levels of lead in their blood. Workers can unwittingly carry the heavy lead dust home on their shoes, clothing and in their vehicles.


New crop of bugs threatens Minnesota's orchards, fields

Warming winters, longer growing seasons and wetter weather all make Minnesota more hospitable to the invasive pests.


Minnesota Court of Appeals keeps PolyMet's DNR permits on hold

State Appeals Court keeps 3 permits for copper-nickel mine on hold during legal challenge.


PolyMet foes ask Appeals Court to reverse copper mine permits

The appeals argued Wednesday are at the core of the groups' effort to stop a copper-nickel mine they see as posing profound environmental risks for northern Minnesota. PolyMet Mining insists it can safely operate a mine that will also generate much-needed jobs.