Reporter | Environment

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.


Fond du Lac Band says it will be downstream victim of PolyMet mine pollution

Tribe finds ally in EPA, but the mining company disputes the threat.


What you need to know about the PolyMet and Twin Metals mines

Here are answers to common questions about the two planned mining projects in northeastern Minnesota and the controversies surrounding them.


Man charged with murder after fatally stabbing father making 911 call

A 24-year-old Blue Earth County man has been charged with two counts of second degree murder after fatally stabbing his father following a dispute over…


Minnesota falling short on new national land and water conservation goal

Minnesota continues to buy land for safeguards from development, but isn't speaking out on the "30x30" conservation movement, a voluntary goal to conserve at least 30% of the country's land and water by 2030.


Minnesota's climate action plan calls for sweeping changes in energy, farming, transport

The state is taking public comments through April 29.


In court and in skies, tribe carries on challenge to Line 3 pipeline

The White Earth Band of Ojibwe says it has detected a half-dozen other sites where aquifers may be damaged.


Joyce Veda Abel, health advocate, dies at 79

Abel taught nursing at St. Catherine University in St. Paul.


DNR: Enbridge crews punctured 3 aquifers during pipeline work

The punctures led to nearly 300 million gallons of groundwater flowing out to the surface, with the most serious breach occurring near the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Reservation in St. Louis County.


Anonymous donor buys northern Minnesota ski resort for parkland

A county park and campground are scheduled to open near Park Rapids in 2024.


These are Minnesota's top greenhouse gas polluters

About 100 facilities in Minnesota generate about 25% of the state's total greenhouse gases.