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.


Minnesota details breadth of elder-care coronavirus cases

More than half of the 24 Minnesotans who have died from the disease lived in nursing homes or assisted-living centers.


Climate crisis takes the back burner in global pandemic

Advocates hope global resolve over the pandemic is a model for climate action.


MPCA relaxes compliance with environmental rules amid coronavirus, but less than EPA

The new federal policy might not affect Minnesota as much as other states, because the state agency handles enforcement for the vast majority of federal regulations.


Minnesota Appeals Court rejects PolyMet air permit, new setback for the planned mine

The MPCA needed to clearly address whether mining firm was "engaged in sham permitting," judges find.


'Crazy' mass buying of bottled water leads to Minn. limits, shortages

Public water supplies aren't threatened by the virus, but some shoppers are acting as if they are.


Federal judge hands Twin Metals major win in fight over mining near Boundary Waters

Copper-mining opponents assailed the decision as a "slap in the face."


Minneapolis public works expansion raises environmental concerns

Residents developed Indoor Urban Farm plan for former Roof Depot site.


Ely City Council adopts resolution supporting copper-nickel mines

Council adopts resolution, defers BWCA group's competing motion


Nitrate problem worsening in rural Minnesota's drinking water

A new report shows that fast action is needed to control the contamination.


Pro-mining groups boycott Bois Forte Band's resort, golf course

Local deer hunting chapter is the latest to shun Boise Forte businesses in backlash.