Jessie Van Berkel | Star Tribune
Reporter | Politics and Government

Jessie Van Berkel writes about Minnesota government and politics at the Star Tribune. She previously covered St. Paul City Hall and local government in the south metro. 

Before joining the Star Tribune, Van Berkel reported on city and county government in Sarasota, Fla., and public safety and courts in Appleton, Wis. She is a Minnesota native who returned to her home state to work for the Star Tribune in 2014. She's a University of Minnesota graduate and a proud Minnesota Daily alumna. Outside of work, she is usually hiking, biking, camping or planning her next travel adventure. Her home is frequently littered with travel books.


Lawmakers, lobbyists describe cautious Capitol in wake of #MeToo

There are guidelines for complaints and training, but some question how much has really changed.


Gov. Tim Walz takes on push to create a diverse state workforce

He says he's building on Mark Dayton's work, but the executive branch still lags behind goal.


Minnesota House's $1.8 billion public works proposal faces tough Republican reception

The list of demands is long, but the chance of a major borrowing bill appears small.


Minn. drivers who text could face bigger fines and suspensions

Another measure in the Legislature would require drivers to use hands-free devices instead of cellphones.


Who will be in NCAA title game? Final Four fans sweat out end of night

Fans celebrated on the streets. even amid the rain, before heading inside U.S. Bank Stadium to watch Virginia rally to beat Auburn 63-62.


Guns, driver's licenses will be part of end-of-session budget negotiations

House Democrats have started tucking some of the most controversial policy measures this session into big budget bills.


Minnesota House passes bill to allow driver's licenses for all

The Minnesota House passed a measure Friday 74-52 that would give all immigrants the ability to get driver's licenses, even if they are in the country illegally.


Gov. Walz tries to break through gridlock by telling stories of Minnesotans

Speaking off the cuff during his State of the State address, Walz talked about eight Minnesotans, including a doctor, teacher and farmer, to underscore his key policy and spending plans.


Minnesota Senate Republicans say no new taxes, fees in budget plan

Democrats say the plan would force the state to cut services.


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will speak at Minnesota DFL fundraiser

She will headline the annual Humphrey Mondale Dinner.