Jessie Van Berkel | Star Tribune
Reporter | St. Paul

Jessie Van Berkel writes about the city of St. Paul. A Minnesota native and University of Minnesota graduate, she returned to her home state after covering local government in Florida for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and public safety at the Post-Crescent in Appleton, Wis.


St. Paul votes down move to eco-friendly food containers

The change would have hit local restaurants hard, council members said.


Most St. Paul mayoral candidates seek more safety, amenities downtown

Most say that population growth requires greater safety, more amenities.


Candidate Pat Harris says he would add police if elected mayor of St. Paul

St. Paul mayoral candidate also pushing for more prosecution of gun crimes.


Ranked-choice voting alters calculus in Mpls., St. Paul races

Voters in both cities are no longer limited to one choice, and that's changed the tactics candidates are employing. Some are hesitant to criticize others for fear of alienating their supporters.


St. Paul mayoral candidate Pat Harris runs on record of community service

Background in business, community work primed Harris to run for his dream job.


Candidate Melvin Carter calls for more police oversight in St. Paul

Mayoral candidates said the city needs to address gun violence.


St. Paul considers regulations for short-term rentals, like Airbnb, ahead of Super Bowl

The city would limit the number of visitors who can stay in a home.


St. Paul mayoral candidate Melvin Carter focuses on the city's future

With deep roots in Rondo, former City Council member wants to pay it forward.


St. Paul neighbors, divided over Ford site vote, look to the future

Business owners say the site would bring new customers.


St. Paul City Council approves Ford plant site plan on 5-2 vote

The master plan, which has been divisive in the Highland Park area, will guide development of the 122-acre site into an urban village.