Jennifer Bjorhus | Star Tribune
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.


Fatal police encounters since 2000

The Star Tribune collected the names and stories of everyone who died after a physical confrontation with law enforcement in Minnesota since January 2000, and continues to update this database as new incidents occur.


Holocaust survivor Trudy Rappaport dies at 101

Rappaport always credited pure chance for her survival, her son said.


New email deepens mystery over PolyMet water permit

Environmentalists say agency chiefs tried to suppress concerns raised by federal regulators.


Two new lawsuits say PolyMet permits violate federal laws

PolyMet near construction phase of copper-nickel site.


Lori Swanson, 3M square off over PFAS at U.S. House hearing

The hearing comes as the House considers dozens of bills to limit the "forever" chemicals.


EPA broadens scope of its probe into PolyMet water permit

The EPA's findings from the PolyMet case will be incorporated into a nationwide audit.


Workhorse Minnesota River needs $360 million cleanup, state report says

Regulators said Minnesota must find a way to cut the river's sediment levels in half.


Water Gremlin had tried to move some operations to Wisconsin

Revelation is latest in pollution scandal that has triggered calls for investigation.


State of Minnesota seeks partial shutdown of east-metro factory linked to air and water pollution

Angry neighbors say the MPCA should do more to protect the community.


University of Minnesota gets $20 million for more research on 'green' plastics

The five-year grant, announced Tuesday, will fund basic research on the polymers, or molecules, used to make plastic plus community outreach.