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.


Why the holdup on insulin? Lawmakers race the clock for special session

Legislators remain hopeful about a special session for an insulin plan to help diabetics. But to get to a deal, they have to resolve several key issues.


Citing weather and tariffs, Walz asks feds to help hard-hit farmers

Farmers have been pushing for federal disaster assistance after an unusually hard season made worse by President Donald Trump's trade war with China. Walz took up their call Thursday.


Minneapolis isn't on the hook for costs associated with Sanders rally

Sanders' campaign has been reimbursing communities after cities pressed him to pay in 2016.


Want state money for a city project in Minnesota? Submit a comment

Communities are competing for state help with more than 200 projects, from trails to bridge repairs.


Minnesota legislators' new insulin work group aims to reach compromise in next month or two

Legislators, governor's staff hope to reach deal soon to help diabetics with costly medication


Rep. Angie Craig faces the impeachment divide: 'It's about right and wrong'

Vulnerable House Democrats defend their support for impeachment hearings.


Somali-Minnesotans wonder about their welcome after Trump's speech

Somali-Minnesotans, GOP hear different messages in Trump's speech.


Trump campaign threatens to sue Mpls. over rally expense

Tensions between Minneapolis city leaders and President Donald Trump's campaign escalated Monday when the campaign threatened to sue the city for trying to force it to pay $530,000 for security during this week's rally.


GOP airs ads against Craig, other Democrats in swing districts

Similar ads are targeted at other Democrats across the country.


Legislators on the road in southern Minnesota hear about skyrocketing drug prices

"Mini-session" gathers input about issues of concern around the state.