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.


New index shows riskiest places for Minnesota's natural hazards

Parts of state face more than others, but overall Minnesota is just average.


Walz's new climate change advisory council starts up

15 citizen members appointed by Gov. Tim Walz to meet Monday.


Conservation Fund buys thousands of acres of Minn. forestland

The Conservation Fund has bought more than 70,000 acres of Minnesota forestland for nearly $48 million in one of the largest conservation efforts in the state's recent history.


Minnesota Pollution Control Agency advisers quit over pipeline permit

A dozen of the board's 17 members signed a letter, which called the water quality permit the "final straw" in a series of MPCA actions they said sidelined the advisory group


Creek or a ditch? The fight over Limbo Creek could change the fate of hundreds of Minnesota waterways

Big battle in Big Ag: Waterway's future a tug-of-war between farmers, county, environmentalists and state


Kyu In 'Kay' Lee, mother and orphanage leader from South Korea, dies at 93

Kyu In Lee was a young woman in her 20s, her family said, when she founded an orphanage near Mok Po in South Korea, the…


Minnesota Supreme Court hears argument that PolyMet misrepresented its intent for mine

The Minnesota Supreme Court must decide whether the company trying to build the state's first copper mine was engaged in "sham permitting" as it applied…


Gray wolf loses Endangered Species Act protections

Federal wildlife officials are removing the gray wolf from the U.S. Endangered Species Act list, saying the wolf population — an estimated 6,000 roaming the continental U.S. — has recovered and the animal no longer requires federal protection. Environmental groups immediately pledged to fight the decision in court.


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.


State's high court to hear dispute over canceled PolyMet mine permits

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