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.


McNally Smith students, faculty face uncertain future after closure

Thirty-eight graduates will gather Saturday at the History Theatre for the institution's final commencement.


St. Paul City Attorney Sam Clark announces campaign for Minnesota attorney general

Clark has been St. Paul city attorney for less than three years.


Amy Brendmoen set to become St. Paul City Council president

She'll replace Russ Stark, who said he wants to focus on other projects.


Tina Smith, a political insider, steps onto the national stage

Long known as a "velvet hammer" behind the scenes, she must craft her own public persona as Minnesota's next senator.


St. Paul City Council approves 2018 budget that shifts street maintenance costs to tax bills

Council members approved a nearly 24 percent tax levy increase.


St. Paul City Council blocks effort to place Ford site plan on 2018 ballot

Opponents of the plan wanted to put the issue on the ballot in the next election.


St. Paul Mayor-elect Melvin Carter asks community to help select department directors

St. Paul panels will help pick city's division heads.


Improvements slated for St. Paul skyways, but there's 'a long way to go'

Security plans, more police address some of the concerns.


After a year of change, St. Paul reviews new police complaint system

Police no longer serve on the commission that reviews misconduct.


Minimum wage debate takes off in St. Paul, with next mayor vowing $15

New mayor supports boost to minimum wage, but resistance remains.