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.


Bills in Minnesota Legislature, copied from other states

From abortion to paid sick leave to school choice, legislators use prewritten bills, lifting full paragraphs written by political and religious groups.


Supporters stand with Omar at airport rally and town hall

A crowd of cheering supporters at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport was a loud counterpoint to a turbulent week with President Donald Trump.


Minnesota DHS head Lourey resigns abruptly in shake-up

State's Human Services head quits after 2 top deputies resigned.


Sen. Amy Klobuchar joins 2020 candidates pushing for equal pay for female athletes

Sen. Amy Klobuchar is one of several Democratic presidential candidates decrying a pay disparity between male and female athletes, an issue championed by the U.S.…


State aims to provide more students summer meals

Teams spread out to make sure no child goes hungry during break from school.


Fireworks enthusiasts' hopes are ignited at Minnesota Capitol

Gov. Tim Walz is "open to the idea" of legalizing the sale and use of big fireworks.


More doctors dive into public health advocacy in and out of Minn. Capitol

Doctors have been notably scarce at the Capitol for decades. Has their increased presence made a difference?


Appeals Court rejects Rep. John Lesch's immunity claim in defamation case

State Rep. John Lesch plans to appeal the decision.


Emotions strong, debate intense as Pardons Board weighs fates

Pardon for woman who killed her husband in 2013 appears unlikely.


Minnesota senators boost housing allowance

The Senate Rules and Administration Committee consulted Twin Cities property managers and found rental costs had increased about 10% over the past three years.