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.


Are the Jan. 6 hearings changing minds in Minnesota?

While some are tuning into every hearing, others said they aren't paying attention.


'Hero Pay' applications flood into Minnesota

Some child care providers are among those left out.


Minnesotans weigh in on Jan. 6 hearings

Readers offered their take on the congressional hearings in Washington.


Against soundtrack of Dylan and Lizzo, Minnesota makes pitch to host 2027 World's Fair

The state presented a health-focused vision for the event as it competes with four other global destinations.


Tell us what you think about the Jan. 6 hearings

The House committee investigating the root causes of the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection is holding a series of televised hearings that outline what led to…


Walz vastly outraises Jensen in newly narrowed Minnesota governor's race

Democratic incumbents for constitutional offices largely outraised Republican hopefuls.


14 of Minnesota's 20 top-paid state workers are psychiatrists

Mental health experts have long ranked among those making the most in the state's massive workforce.


Ethics Committee hears complaints against DFL Sen. Omar Fateh

An attorney for the Minneapolis legislator said allegations against him are "based in rumor."


Minnesota to spend $93M on mental health

Demand for services has climbed, prompting state leaders to strike a last-minute deal.


Minnesota's renter protections end as evictions have spiked

Eviction filings in Minnesota have surpassed pre-pandemic levels.