Reporter | Politics and Government

Briana Bierschbach is a politics and government reporter for the Star Tribune.

Bierschbach has spent the last decade covering Minnesota politics for various publications, including MPR News and MinnPost. She started her journalism career in college at the University of Minnesota's campus newspaper, the Minnesota Daily, where she covered city hall. Bierschbach also has worked at the Pioneer Press, the Associated Press and the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. In her spare time, she teaches a class on state government at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and spends time with her husband, dog and two cats.


Biden hires top Minnesota campaign staff

The senior staff hires come four months ahead of the pivotal November election.


House GOP plan gives school districts control over fall classes

Minnesota House Republicans are pushing a proposal that would allow local school districts to decide if — and how — they should reopen for classes…


Gov. Tim Walz directs $12 million in federal aid to Minnesota food shelves

The CARES Act funding will be distributed to 300 food shelves and seven food banks across the state.


Legislature getting a do-over on police reform, public works

Gov. Tim Walz, who's planning to call a special session Monday, said he is optimistic that lawmakers can strike a deal. But the politics remain tricky.


Stay or go? Debate grows over statues at Minnesota Capitol

In the 115-year history of the State Capitol building, memorials have only ever been added, never subtracted. That could soon change.


Walz requests federal aid to repair damage from unrest after Floyd's death

The request to FEMA asks the president to declare a major disaster in Minnesota and send relief.


Pandemic is a focus in southern Minnesota congressional race

Republican Rep. Jim Hagedorn is facing a rematch this fall with Democrat Dan Feehan.


Who should take Christopher Columbus' place at Minnesota State Capitol?

During his 32 years at the Capitol Area Architectural and Planning Board, Paul Mandell has heard plenty of suggestions for new monuments.


Minnesota August primary voting has started: Here's what you need to know

Any eligible Minnesotan can now elect to vote early by mail or in person.


Walz to release $841 million in COVID-19 aid to local governments

Legislators failed to pass distribution plan during recent special session.