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.


Peggy Flanagan, lieutenant governor to be, takes lead role in Tim Walz transition

Flanagan's first priority is creating a board that will influence hiring and budget development.


Dayton remains in hospital a month after back surgery

The governor said during an interview this week that he was still at Mayo because of "post-surgical complications" that damaged his lungs.


Kurt Daudt will continue to lead Minnesota House Republicans

Daudt raises concerns over potential MinnesotaCare expansion and gas tax.


Hortman, Gazelka chosen new legislative leaders

The new Democratic majority in the House selected Rep. Melissa Hortman as speaker, signaling a dramatic reshuffling of legislative priorities after four years of GOP control.


Democrats head for majority in Minnesota House as GOP concedes

Republicans hung on to their majority in the state Senate.


Battle for Minnesota House likely decided in Twin Cities suburbs

All 134 Minnesota House districts are up for grabs in the upcoming election, but the communities surrounding the Twin Cities will be vital in determining which party controls the House. It's a crucial fight, with the governor's seat and Senate control also on the ballot.


Walz has big cash advantage over Johnson in closing days

Campaign 2018: Business groups focus resources on retaining GOP control of Legislature.


Julie Blaha, Pam Myhra have different plans for state auditor's office

Blaha wants state-funded audits; Myhra wants to audit state agencies.


Minnesota AG race between Wardlow, Ellison intensifies

With a week until election, the candidates for Minnesota attorney general have been attacked over character, qualifications.


Special election for Fischbach seat could tip Senate balance

The candidates are feeling the pressure as outside spending pours in and they devote most of each day to door-knocking, calling voters or speaking at forums.