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.


Minnesota projected to have historic $7.7B budget surplus

Growth in income, consumer spending and corporate profits boosted state revenue.


Mansco Perry is retiring as executive director of Minnesota's investment board

Gov. Tim Walz called Perry "the most important person ... that a lot of people haven't heard about."


Minnesota leaders see 2022 as key year for infrastructure strides

With billions in federal money on the way and a construction funding package in the works, the state's needs will be at the forefront for legislators.


Minnesota Republicans revive debate over governor's emergency powers

Democrats are pushing back, citing the ongoing pandemic and concerns about any future crisis.


Minnesota to spend $36M on rent help, ERs, other pandemic demands

Landlords raised concerns with additional dollars to administer rent help.


Minnesota's economic forecast coming after higher-than-predicted tax collections

The state economist and budget officials will give an updated prediction on Dec. 7.


Gov. Tim Walz promotes Minnesota on trade mission to United Kingdom, Finland

The trade delegation is one of the first to visit the U.K. since COVID hit.


Minnesota evictions climb toward pre-pandemic levels as most renter protections lifted

Filings on pace to reach pre-COVID levels, but legal aid is available.


State welcomes Canadians as U.S. border crossings reopen

For the first time in near­ly 20 months, full­y vac­ci­nat­ed Ca­na­di­ans can en­ter the Unit­ed States to shop, trav­el and see fam­i­ly, the start to a much-need­ed boost for Minnesota tour­ism.


Minn. Dems heed election's warning signs headed into the midterms

Even as Republicans cheered Minneapolis residents for voting down the policing amendment, they foreshadowed that the issue isn't going away.