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.


Court sends PolyMet air permit back to state for review

The Appeals Court ordered the air pollution permit that PolyMet received from MPCA back to the regulator to further consider whether the company deceptively sought a less stringent permit for a mine operation smaller than the one it actually planned.


Drought deepens in Minnesota, watering bans more likely

With about half of Minnesota now in the grip of severe drought — and 4% in extreme drought — the state has officially shifted into the "drought warning phase," the DNR announced Friday.


Drought fuels unusually high wildfire activity in Minnesota

Downed trees hamper firefighting efforts in Boundary Waters.


Minnesota landowners hold keys to protect forests, cold water lakes

Family turned to trust to protect cold-water lake property.


Pollinator-friendly landscape takes root beneath solar panels

Grazing sheep help manage the vegetation at the solar sites.


No PFAS in food packaging in Minnesota by 2024

The food packaging industry is seeking alternatives.


Minnesota measure bans 'forever chemicals' in food packaging

The enormous reach of the proposed environment deal stretches from the Northwoods to farm fields to microplastic bits in the water — and it adds a 60th state forest.


'Clean cars' rule, environmental funding move ahead at Capitol

After a prolonged standoff that threatened to shut down Minnesota's parks before a holiday weekend, Senate Republicans have dropped demands that the Walz administration stop the new clean cars emissions standards.


Minnesota park tries calling the rare red-headed woodpecker to new habitat

The woodpecker was once common throughout Minnesota, but its numbers have plunged.


Land O'Lakes agrees to help clean up contaminated site in Nebraska

A Land O'Lakes unit had shipped discarded seed that was coated with pesticides and fungicides to a Nebraska ethanol plant.