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.


Legislature heads into final hours with much left unresolved

Leaders of the Republican-majority Legislature remain at odds with DFL Gov. Mark Dayton over taxes, school funding and other issues.


Dayton, lawmakers agree on school safety, little else

They have not reached an agreement on "emergency" school funding and a tax bill.


Pawlenty will not seek GOP endorsement in governor's race

He will skip the party's convention and focus on the August primary. Three other candidates are seeking the endorsement at the party's convention in June.


Freeway protest bill OK'd, but Dayton is on the fence

The Senate approved increasing punishment to a gross misdemeanor.


Dayton won't negotiate tax bill unless legislators consider school plan

Governor and legislative leaders will meet Tuesday, with the session adjournment deadline looming


GOP's Jeff Johnson picks Donna Bergstrom as running mate in governor's race

Red Lake Nation member is a retired Marine Corps intelligence officer.


Taxes, spending, bonding differences linger between Gov. Dayton, Legislature

Gov. Dayton is focusing on schools during his final end-of-session push.


Minnesota House, Senate strike a deal on tax measure

It sets up a showdown with Gov. Mark Dayton in session's final days.


Republicans at the Legislature suggest tapping lottery trust fund for public works

The GOP is turning to an obscure state entity that gets its money from the State Lottery to borrow as much as $100 million for public works projects.


Minnesota House passes harsher freeway protest penalties

Dayton said the protests are a "nonproblem" and lawmakers should focus on other issues.