Jessie Van Berkel | Star Tribune
Reporter | Politics and Government

Jessie Van Berkel writes about Minnesota state government and politics. 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.


New Minnesota drivers' licenses are vertical for those under 21

The versions that come out in August will not comply with the Real ID Act that Congress passed more than a decade ago to improve security after Sept. 11.


Rep. Ilhan Omar's open seat draws wide pack of DFLers

Mohamud Noor hopes to maintain Somali-American voice at the State Capitol, but he's got plenty of company.


Sen. Bernie Sanders rallies for Rep. Keith Ellison

Sanders called Ellison, running for Minnesota attorney general, a "personal friend" and "vigorous fighter."


Paul Ryan talks jobs, taxes with Reps. Paulsen, Lewis at Minnesota firms

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan visited several Twin Cities businesses Monday, touting tax cuts and technical careers while also talking up the chances of two fellow Republicans facing competitive congressional races this year.


Moody's warns Minn. pension changes are 'far from a cure-all'

But state official defends the legislation, saying the overhaul wasn't intended to fully fix the system.


5 Democrats battle for nomination in Nolan's 8th District seat

Once a DFL stronghold, the region reveals party divide in race for open seat.


Minnesota's troubled licensing system gets update, but frustrations remain

A recent round of updates has helped, but some holes in the system persist.


Republican endorsed in state House race declared bankruptcy

The Republican-endorsed candidate for state House in a western Hennepin County district declared bankruptcy in 2010 with more than $1 million in liabilities and a…


Minnesota AG Lori Swanson joins 16 states suing over family separation

Attorney General Lori Swanson joined other states to sue the Trump administration.


At rally, Trump touts economy, ability to win Minnesota in 2020

President Donald Trump hailed the impact of his deregulatory policies and steel tariffs Wednesday, and predicted he would win Minnesota when he runs for re-election in two years.