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.


Era of coronavirus tests openness in Minnesota government

Policymakers are scrambling to set up all-new systems after restricting access to public spaces because of COVID-19.


For Tim Walz and other governors, there's no playbook to managing COVID-19

Tim Walz was out of his element. Minnesota’s extroverted first-term governor was stuck inside his Summit Avenue home with a PowerPoint presentation ready to go…


A push to put BCA in charge of sexual assault cases where suspect is a police officer

Former Pine County Sheriff's Office clerk leads fight to break down the "blue wall of silence."


What you need to know about Minnesota's 'stay-at-home' order

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz issued an order for Minnesotans to stay at home unless absolutely necessary.


To slow infection rate, Walz tells Minnesotans to just stay home

Gov. Tim Walz issued an executive order Wednesday asking Minnesotans to stay in their homes unless absolutely necessary, for at least two weeks beginning at midnight Friday.


In 'the cathedral of hockey,' bipartisanship still exists in Minnesota

For the last three decades, a group of Capitol denizens has been gathering every Sunday night to play ice hockey.


Gov. Tim Walz: It's not time yet for 'shelter in place,' National Guard

The administration mulls an emergency order requiring Minnesotans to stay home, which is now being put in place across California as well as being considered in New York City.


Minnesota Legislature unanimously OKs $200M for emergency COVID response

Legislators are returning home until April 14 but will continue to work as needed as the outbreak unfolds.


Minnesota's K-12 schools closing for at least 8 days, Walz says

The state's K-12 schools will close beginning Wednesday at least through March 27, but Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker said schools need to prepare for "weeks of distance learning."


Minnesota Capitol remains open as Gov. Walz says 'access to democracy is critical'

The decision came following days of behind-the-scenes discussions.