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.


58 Minnesota firms with political connections received large PPP loans

State officials defended their participation in the program, noting they followed all of the rules and used the money as it was intended.


Can you vote in a bar in Minnesota? Baudette polling site raises question

During the ongoing pandemic, counties have been given more latitude to find a polling place that's safe for voters.


Minnesota now facing a $4.7 billion shortfall in future budget

Minnesota lawmakers are facing a potential $4.7 billion deficit in the next two-year budget as the ongoing coronavirus pandemic continues to gobble up more resources than the state gets in revenue.


Minnesota parents still left hanging after Walz order on schools

School districts are expected to announce in the coming weeks one of three learning models they will use based on the formula laid out Thursday.


What you need to know about Walz's mask mandate and other orders

Gov. Tim Walz is loosening social distancing measures, but some restrictions remain.


Ivanka Trump promotes Native justice and workers pledge during Minnesota visit

The first daughter and the U.S. Interior chief made stops in Duluth and Bloomington


Little transparency in Minnesota debate over policing reform

This time, it was the COVID-19 pandemic that complicated things.


Walz signs police accountability bill sparked by Floyd's death

The legislation, which passed a divided Legislature with broad bipartisan support earlier this week, ushers in some of the most significant changes to the state criminal justice system in years.


Minn. lawmakers pass sweeping police reform, but bonding bill fails

The Legislature passed one of the most substantial changes to the state's criminal justice system in years, including a statewide ban on chokeholds and neck restraints.


Challenge puts Rep. Omar's controversies, style to the test

Some of Rep. Ilhan Omar's biggest critics are placing their bets — and considerable resources — on political newcomer Antone Melton-Meaux, her leading opponent in the five-way Aug. 11 primary.