Reporter | Politics and Government

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.


Legislative debate over solutions to Minnesota's housing shortage off to rocky start

The Minnesota Legislative Commission on Affordable Housing got a jump-start on considering ways to tackle housing issues in the 2022 session.


Gov. Walz announces $10M farm relief plan, but aid could get held up in political deadlock

Farmers say aid could help keep people afloat, and time is of the essence.


Police reform push crumbles in Congress

Attempts to reach a deal after George Floyd's killing by an officer fell apart.


For Minnesota college towns, 'perfect storm' hits census count

Cities rely on a full resident count for government funding, planning.


Soon-to-be Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Jeremy Miller known as a 'fixer'

For Jeremy Miller, being Senate leader is the latest in a long list of job titles.


Frontline workers plead for portion of $250M as Minn. leaders debate who gets money

A group of lawmakers is deadlocked on who should receive "hero pay."


Minnesota Senate leadership posts open as Kent, Gazelka step down

Many names have been floated as potential candidates, but few senators have formally announced whether they are running.


Minnesota health officials decry COVID vaccine misinformation

A key GOP legislator is among those raising vaccine concerns. More than 1 million adults statewide remain unvaccinated.


Gazelka stepping down as Senate majority leader

Republican Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka announced he is stepping down from his leadership post as he contemplates a run for governor, telling his GOP caucus he wants to "pursue the next chapter."


Minnesota's newly vaccinated credit family more than FDA

It may be too early to know if the FDA's blessing will convince the vaccine hesitant that the shots are safe and effective.