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.


Minn. Supreme Court sends PolyMet air permit for copper mine back to the Court of Appeals

High court tells Appeals Court to address whether PolyMet was deceptive.


Federal judge dismisses auto dealers lawsuit over proposed Minnesota zero-emission vehicle rule

Fight continues over jump-starting Minnesota's electric vehicle market to cut greenhouse gas emissions.


North-central Minnesota lakes are getting murkier faster

Lake water temps are rising fastest in the northern forests, promoting algae blooms.


Auditor slams Minnesota Pollution Control Agency over Water Gremlin pollution

Weak oversight of Water Gremlin's air emissions ran decades.


Minnesota calls for big new crackdown on 'forever chemicals'

The state wants lawmakers to designate the entire PFAS class as a 'hazardous substance' in state statute, a list that includes arsenic and lead.


Legislators push to shrink Minnesota's carbon footprint to zero by 2050

Proposal would set zero carbon emissions economywide by 2050.


Violet Rocek, a social worker dedicated to helping Indigenous families, dies of COVID-19 at 85

Violet "Vi" Rocek devoted years of her life to helping Native American children thrive. A social worker at Twin Cities nonprofits serving Indigenous families, she…


Dueling mining measures float Twin Metals future in Congress

A split over mining runs through Minnesota's Congressional delegation


Barbara K. Blackstone, pioneering Minnesota mediator, dies at 79

Barbara Blackstone touched countless lives over the years as a mediator, helping people negotiate life's hurdles at a time when few women practiced professional conflict…


Walz pushes again for carbon-free electricity in Minnesota to avert climate crisis

The proposal follows a grim assessment of Minnesota's emissions record.