Jennifer Bjorhus | Star Tribune
Reporter | Watchdog and data team

Jennifer reports on a range of topics, most recently government accountability and criminal justice. She has worked at the Pioneer Press, San Jose Mercury News, Oregonian and Seattle Times, and her work has won numerous awards. Her general rule is to listen hard, dig deep.


Bills take aim at Minnesota officers, elected officials accused of abuse

All Minnesota law agencies would be required to establish rules.


Appeals Court backs Richfield's firing of officer who struck Somali youth

Appeals Court upholds Richfield's firing of officer.


Wolf Ridge Learning Center takes a leap of growth on shore of Lake Superior

An Eden Prairie couple helped give students access to the Great Lake, but the North Woods center is $2.3 million short of its fundraising goal to make it happen.


Minnesota drafts new rape kit protocols with timetables to test

A bill in the state House would set statewide standards for processing sexual assault evidence kits after untested backlog revealed in 2015.


Debts and anger in wake of Minnesota officers' fundraisers

The trail of debts and ill will left by a Pennsylvania events management company has some Minnesota participants in its fundraisers crying foul.


266 sexual harassment complaints filed in state agencies from 2012-17

New reporting system, changes in culture needed, the report found.


Licensing board strengthens conduct standards for Minnesota law officers

Domestic assault, DUI will now trigger a license review for Minn. officers.


Richfield, police union argue over case of fired cop at appeals court

Rare appeal tests the power of public employee arbitration and handling of police misconduct.


What would you bid for an acre of Minnesota wilderness?

The DNR is selling off less-desirable parcels, but demand has been slow.


Minn. police licensing board will consider new, tougher officer standards

Recommendations follow a Star Tribune series on police misconduct.