Reporter | Politics and Government

Jessie Van Berkel writes about Minnesota government and politics at the Star Tribune. She previously covered St. Paul City Hall and local government in the south metro. 

Before joining the Star Tribune, Van Berkel reported on city and county government in Sarasota, Fla., and public safety and courts in Appleton, Wis. She is a Minnesota native who returned to her home state to work for the Star Tribune in 2014. She's a University of Minnesota graduate and a proud Minnesota Daily alumna. Outside of work, she is usually hiking, biking, camping or planning her next travel adventure. Her home is frequently littered with travel books.


In video, 4 Minnesota governors call for 'civility' around election

Gov. Tim Walz and three predecessors shoot ad asking for "decency," patience after election.


Walz says every option on table for state's worst budget deficit in decade

GOP hopes to provide conservative bulwark; DFL wants full control.


Tens of millions in campaign dollars flood fight for Minnesota Legislature

DFL-aligned groups have outspent the GOP so far.


GOP Senate candidate Jason Lewis has emergency surgery

The hernia surgery was successful and minimally invasive, campaign manager Tom Szymanski said. Doctors expect Lewis to be released from the hospital in a couple of days.


Congressional candidates sticking to the center in Second District race

The race between U.S. Rep. Angie Craig and newcomer Tyler Kistner was shaping up as a heated but fairly typical swing district battle until September, when it veered into unfamiliar territory.


Ruling: Election in 2nd Congressional District will be held Nov. 3

GOP hopeful Tyler Kistner said he'll take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court to force a special election later.


Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz signs $1.9 billion public works bill

The governor highlighted job creation as he signed the measure.


Republicans offer 'Contract to Open Up Minnesota' in pandemic

Republicans say they'll loosen virus rules if they win control of Legislature


Minnesota legislators push past politics to strike bonding deal

The victory for bipartisanship ahead of Election Day came despite the odds.


Minnesota House passes $1.9 billion infrastructure bonding bill

The legislation, approved 100-34 with the help of 25 Republicans, now heads to the state Senate. Lawmakers and construction industry workers described it as an economic stimulus package that could create thousands of jobs in the pandemic.