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.


Minnetonka sued over mountain bike trail through rare bumblebee haven

Lone Lake Park is home to one of the state's largest known populations of rusty patched bumblebees.


Mayor Frey says Walz hesitant to deploy Guard during riots

State officials said the city did not give them the detailed information they needed to deploy the Guard until the next day. By then, dozens of buildings had been looted and torched.


How the fall of the Third Precinct station resounded in the Twin Cities

In interviews, people described what the fall of the Third meant to them: a deep betrayal of trust, a loss of control, a symbol of change and a breaking point.


Reactions to police reforms go from lukewarm to slap in face

The bill, passed early Tuesday as a compromise product of a divided state Legislature, includes restrictions on chokeholds and neck restraints, training reform.


'Staggering' number of Mpls. cops are filing disability claims

The total now is closer to 200, out of a sworn force of about 850 and amid a wave of violent crime in the city.


DNR deems Twin Metals' plan for copper mine near Boundary Waters 'incomplete'

Regulators publish nearly 800 comments asking Twin Metals for details.


Fired Minnesota officers have a proven career saver: arbitration

More than 80 po­lice of­fic­ers across Min­ne­so­ta were fired and fought their dis­charge in ar­bi­tra­tion over the past 20 years. A­bout half got their jobs back, ac­cord­ing to a Star Tribune an­aly­sis.


Family of man who died in Mpls. police custody in 2010 wants to know if settlement was followed

David C. Smith's family asks if the department ever fulfilled its promise to require all sworn officers to undergo training on positional asphyxia.


Minneapolis police officers disciplined in fraction of cases

Each year, hundreds of complaints of police misconduct — from citizens and from inside the Minneapolis Police Department itself — land before a civilian review board tasked with investigating them.


Personnel records shed light on 4 officers charged in Floyd's death

The officers had varied work lives, including military service, according to personnel records from the Minneapolis Police Department.