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.


Jensen's fundraising jumps, but Walz still has far more cash in Minnesota governor's race

About six weeks until Election Day, most Democrats for statewide offices have more cash saved.


Jensen's fundraising jumps, but Walz still has far more

With six weeks until Election Day, most Democrats for statewide offices have more cash saved.


Minnesota Poll: Ellison, Schultz in close race for attorney general

Secretary of State Steve Simon leads GOP challenger Kim Crockett, with voters confident in midterm election accuracy.


Minnesota legislative candidates traverse some sprawling new districts

Reshaped House and Senate boundaries left some candidates courting disparate communities.


Local groups press leaders for Minnesota Legislature special session

Much of state legislators' work was left unfinished in May.


Minnesotans who get student loan relief could face tax bill

Some DFL legislators are pressing for a quick Capitol deal to avoid higher taxes for borrowers.


People don't come to State Fair for politics. But politics comes for them.

With about two months until Election Day, candidates are competing with Pronto Pups and giant pigs for fairgoers' attention.


GOP governor candidate Scott Jensen calls for vouchers, parental oversight of schools

Jensen unveiled a 10-point education plan Tuesday at the Minnesota State Fair.


Campaign check: Did Gov. Tim Walz cancel candidate debates?

Walz's campaign said he has been invited to 19 debates and can't fit them all in; Jensen says the governor is "hiding."


Four takeaways from Minnesota primary election turnout

Turnout was down statewide compared to 2018, but not everywhere or for both parties.