Reporter | Environment

Jennifer Bjorhus is a reporter covering the environment for the Star Tribune. She was a business reporter for much of her career but in recent years focused on criminal justice issues, including police use of force and responses to sexual assault. 

Bjorhus previously covered a range of topics for major metro newspapers, including the Seattle Times and San Jose Mercury News. She lives in St. Paul with her husband, Ranjit, and has two sons and a cat.


Gray wolf loses Endangered Species Act protections

Delisting will reverse decades of progress the gray wolf has made, environmentalists say.


On Minnesota copper mining issues, Trump position is clear while Biden is mum

Stakeholders say Biden's silence makes sense given the tension between the labor and environmental wings of his party.


Minnesota Supreme Court hears dispute over canceled PolyMet mine permits

The DNR is fighting a lower court's order to hold an administrative hearing over objections.


MnDOT rethinks no-spray ditch program after yanking 'Do Not Spray' signs

For more than a decade, David Weissing has mowed and tended the ditch along Hwy. 14 where his family lives in Winona County, lopping off…


Boy on dirt bike critically hurt in Andover crash with pickup truck

The boy was airlifted to HCMC in Minneapolis in critical condition, the Anoka County Sheriff's Office said.


State offers $2.6 million to build out Minnesota network for charging electric vehicles

Lack of fast-charge stations and EVs for sale hampers transition.


At a memorial forest in Scandia, a final resting place beneath the trees

Interest in "green burials" is behind the creation of the site for scattering cremated remains.


Minnesotans fight for homes and cabins on a runaway lake

As Minnesota's climate changes, homeowners along landlocked lakes watch water levels go up dramatically.


PFAS-laced water tied to infertility and prematurity in Oakdale

State health officials stand by their own conclusions: no reproductive impacts.


$700 million plan unveiled to deal with 'forever chemicals' in east metro drinking water

Three options are open for public comment through Oct. 26 to rid PFAS from drinking water.