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.


Twin Metals says it will store waste differently at Minn. mine

The company said its proposed copper-nickel mine near Ely will have safeguards to prevent pollution feared by environmentalists.


Leaked memo raises new questions about water permit for PolyMet mine

The memo could play a role in three inquiries now examining how federal and state regulators handled the critical permit for PolyMet Mining Inc. and its proposed Minnesota copper mine.


Swiss mining giant Glencore gains majority control of PolyMet

Critics worry about Swiss mining giant's ownership in the event of future pollution.


Watchdog sues White House for Twin Metals lobbying details

The group's goal is to shed light on how Antofagasta, the powerful Chilean mining company that owns Twin Metals, lobbied to get its crucial mining leases renewed after the Obama administration ruled that the mine posed too many environmental risks.


Appeals court orders review of 'irregularities' in PolyMet permit

Ruling raises additional questions about the proposed copper mine on the eve of PolyMet's shareholder meeting in Toront


Lawmaker calls on state legislative auditor to investigate handling of PolyMet permit

He says review expected to start immediately.


Union: Leaked email shows 'malfeasance' in handling of PolyMet permit

Federal officials had multiple pollution concerns that were never entered in the public record.


Invasive grasses choke birds' habitat as climate changes

Fluctuating levels on Mississippi, ushered in by warming climate, doom floodplain forests.


EPA watchdog will investigate key permit for PolyMet mine

Retired agency attorney calls permit process "unethical" and "bizarre."


Landmark farm rule aims to protect Minnesota's drinking water

Hoping to cut nitrate levels in drinking supply, Minnesota regulating fertilizer use