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.


Minn. Republicans call for unity after bruising convention fight

Party leaders stressed the GOP must overcome differences to end a losing streak in statewide races. Attorney general hopeful Doug Wardlow decided to press on to the primary.


Republicans back Scott Jensen in Minnesota governor's race

The doctor and former state senator narrowly beat Kendall Qualls after a heated fight in Rochester for the GOP endorsement.


Minnesota Republicans back newcomer as AG hopeful

Candidates for the two key statewide offices focused on election security and crime as the GOP state convention kicked off Friday. Saturday will bring the biggest task: choosing a candidate for governor from a crowded field.


Minnesota Republicans endorse Kim Crockett for secretary of state

GOP delegates also endorsed Ryan Wilson for state auditor.


GOP candidate for governor Mike Murphy picks running mate

Lacy Johnson, who challenged U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar in 2020, is running with Murphy.


How do Minnesota's political endorsement conventions work?

What to know about the upcoming Republican and DFL state conventions.


2022 legislative session: What's at stake, issue by issue

We track the status of top issues ahead of the Legislature's May 23 adjournment.


U.S. interior secretary touts urban park funding in St. Paul visit

U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber and mining advocates called on Secretary Deb Haaland to visit northern Minnesota.


Leaked abortion opinion prompts outrage, hesitation

While procedure is constitutionally protected in Minnesota, the draft signaled that opponents may soon win a long-sought victory.


State leaders praise frontline worker bonuses, insurance deal

It will take months to get the checks to workers, and businesses may have to wait if they want payments from the state.