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.


Great blue heron rookery halts development near Rochester

Bird enthusiasts say Rochester construction endangers heron nests


Conservationists mend fragmented habitat in Cannon River area of Minnesota

Two new public spaces permanently protect habitat.


Water Gremlin pays new $325,000 pollution penalty

The company's main hazardous waste is lead from die-casting and coating operations.


New project aims to grow a supply chain for reforestation in Minnesota

The five-year goal is to grow 1 million trees such as white pine, red oak and yellow birch.


Judge approves MPCA changes to water quality standards

The revisions target nearly a dozen pollutants — chloride, salts, sulfate, nitrate and more — in surface water used for industry and agriculture, and for wildlife.


Greenhouse gases from Line 3 pipeline raise questions about meeting Minnesota's goals for cutting emissions

One ruling says project will add 193B tons of carbon; PUC says pipeline isn't the cause.


Fight against climate change could include goal to reduce driving in Minn.

Lawmakers consider putting a concrete driving reduction goal into statute; MnDOT says it's adopting one too.


Irene Gomez-Bethke, Chicana activist and former Minnesota Human Rights commissioner, dies at 86

A photo in the 2010 book "Latino Minnesota" shows a smiling dark-haired woman gazing upward at something off camera. Something in the distance, perhaps. A…


U.S. Army Corps suspends wetlands permit for PolyMet copper mine

Asserting Indigenous water quality standards, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa breaks new ground.


Landfills are leaking PFAS 'forever chemicals' in 41 Minnesota counties

The full magnitude of the landfill problem is unknown, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency said.