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.


Support grows for raw cannabis, smoking in state pot program

Bills moving through the Minnesota Legislature would allow patients 21 and older to purchase the raw, plant form of cannabis and smoke it.


Minnesota legislation aims to stop price gougers during a crisis

When devastating winter storms hit Texas this month, the price gougers moved in.Hundreds of thousands of people were without power, heat or water, so the…


Minnesota's projected budget shortfall flips to $1.6B surplus

News sets the stage for months of budget negotiations at the State Capitol and adds fuel to a political fight over taxes.


Minnesota bill targets Apple and Google's smartphone app fees

The legislation is part of a new push in state legislatures to chip away at the power of Big Tech.


Twin Cities businesses damaged in riots seek state help

Lawmakers couldn't agree on an aid package last year. Now, a House bill is proposing to borrow $300 million for rebuilding aid.


'It's coming': Minnesota recreational marijuana bill passes first-ever legislative committee

Democrats are showing stronger support for the bill than in past sessions, but it still faces a hurdle in the GOP-led Senate.


What you need to know about Minnesota's COVID-19 restrictions

The governor has implemented everything from mask mandates to caps on gatherings to slow the spread of COVID-19.


'Waiting for almost 30 years': Minnesota Liberians seeking residency are in limbo

The Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act has been hampered by a slow launch and burdensome procedures.


Tax increase on Minnesota's highest earners renews fair share debate

Business groups are pushing back.


Judge rules in favor of Minnesota unions in dues collection case

The ruling means nonunion members can't retroactively collect dues that were invalidated by a 2018 U.S. Supreme Court case.