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.


Medically assisted suicide gets a passionate hearing in St. Paul

More than 200 people packed an informational hearing held by a House committee that could advance the proposal when the Legislature convenes.


Gov. Tim Walz heads to Japan, South Korea to promote trade, business

Minnesota's governor hopes to reassure Asian partners that state is still open for business.


First Republican challenger enters race against Rep. Angie Craig

Rick Olson served from 2011-12 in Michigan state House before moving to Minnesota.


Minnesota DFL, GOP set up showdown over recreational pot

As Democrats launched a state tour, the top Republican legislator said the answer is still no. That comes as a state work group on legalization has been meeting to make recommendations to Gov. Tim Walz.


State Rep. Matt Grossell demoted for drunken arrest, implied threat to officers

The Republican told St. Paul police he is a legislator and "it will be hell to pay."


Politics, and conflict, unavoidable at Minnesota State Fair

Election Day is far off, but politics are tough to escape at the State Fair.


State Rep. Steve Drazkowski calls for charges against Congresswoman Ilhan Omar

It's the latest in a series of announcements Drazkowski has made condemning Omar.


Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz headed to Tokyo and Seoul to promote business partnerships

Midwest governors are meeting in Tokyo for a conference.


Candidate Elizabeth Warren launches criminal justice reform plan at Minneapolis roundtable

Incarcerating more people doesn't make nation any safer, the senator and presidential hopeful said.


Sen. Warren woos Minnesota voters at Macalester rally

The candidate's views on free college and student debt roused the crowd of thousands.