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.


Minn. sexual assault task force vows to scrutinize failings in investigations

Police training and standards are among the issues facing panel, which held its first meeting.


Walz, Johnson diverge on how to pay for opioid fight

But both promised partnerships with county government leaders.


Keith Ellison faces and navigates controversy, again

DFL candidate for Minnesota attorney general has seen – and survived – his share of political hurdles.


Minnesota House candidate Kyle Greene uses racial slur in ad

Greene, running as an independent, says it's part of his focus on "real issues."


In bid for governor, GOP's Jeff Johnson sticks with Trump

Candidates across the country are carefully weighing the Trump factor on midterm races. Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Johnson praises Trump's policies, but noted that he doesn't always agree with the president.


Paulsen, Phillips face off on taxes, health care in 3rd Congressional District debate

The debate at a St. Louis Park hotel quickly grew testy, with both candidates attacking the other almost immediately.


Republican super PAC releases attack ad targeting Democrats, Keith Ellison

A conservative fundraising group has released television ads attacking four Minnesota Democrats running for Congress, saying they "should be ashamed" of standing by U.S. Rep.…


Keith Ellison seeks to reassure voters after domestic abuse allegation

He reiterated his denial of a domestic abuse allegation and said he will not drop out of the Minnesota attorney general race.


5 takeaways from 2018 Minnesota primary precinct-by-precinct race maps

In the governor's race, DFLer Tim Walz dominated the southern half of the state and Jeff Johnson of the GOP did well in exurban areas.


Ellison faces mounting pressure over domestic violence claim

National Organization for Women calls for him to drop out of race for the Minnesota attorney general's race, while top DFL leaders say they still back him.