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.


To clean murky Minnesota River, must control septic systems, livestock manure

Cleaning up bacterial pollution will cost $4 million to $10 million over two decades, according to a new MPCA plan, the state's latest effort to solve a decades-old pollution problem.


EPA outlines plan for water with toxic chemicals, including 3M's

3M last year settled a state of Minnesota lawsuit related to PFAS, and faces litigation in other states. Environmental and consumer groups immediately challenged the EPA's decision not to push immediately for lower limits on the chemicals in drinking and groundwater.


State high court rejects Richfield's effort to fire police officer

Police chiefs' association says state's highest court "missed an opportunity" to improve police professionalism.


Farmer drops 'karst country' swine feedlot plan

Proposal drew opposition in southeastern Minn., where many wells are contaminated.


Minnesota tribe asks: Can wild rice have its own legal rights?

Maneuver to inject nature into modern law faces long odds.


Former EPA lawyer challenges regulators on PolyMet water permit

Ex-EPA lawyer says Chicago office "suppressed" employees' PolyMet concerns.


Believe it or not, global warming might have caused the arctic blast

As climate destabilizes, Minnesota could see polar snaps more frequently.


Emissions from White Bear Township manufacturer under investigation

Part of Water Gremlin plant is shut down while health effects of toxins are studied.


Police undertrained and overwhelmed by rape cases in Minnesota

Inadequate training for police who investigate sexual assaults, along with poor staffing and high turnover, plagues many police departments across the state – resulting in fewer charges against suspected offenders.


How alcohol foils rape investigations

Police are less likely to interview witnesses, assign cases to a detective or forward them to a prosecutor if the victim was drinking, according to a Star Tribune analysis. When cases involving alcohol do reach prosecutors, suspects are much less likely to be charged with a crime or convicted.