Jennifer Bjorhus

Reporter | Watchdog and data team
Phone: 612-673-4683
Jennifer Bjorhus is an investigative reporter on the Star Tribune’s watchdog and data team. Got a tip? Contact me at 612-673-4683 or

Recent content from Jennifer Bjorhus

Minnesota auditor questions lawmakers' handling of taconite tax money

Report to the Legislature notes there is ‘‘inadequate oversight’’ by lawmakers.

Updated: April 30, 2015, - 09:12 PM

March 4: Laws governing Iron Range loans are 'sketchy,' watchdog says

A state agency’s support of a company devoted to Democratic fundraising and campaigns is generating criticism, but it might not run afoul of state law.

Updated: April 18, 2015, - 12:13 AM

Legislative auditor will investigate Range agency

The investigation into the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board follows Star Tribune stories about the agency’s spending.

Updated: April 17, 2015, - 11:12 PM

April 5: State-subsidized Giants Ridge ski resort has lost $40M in past 30 years

During the 30 years it’s been owned by a state agency, Giants Ridge has never made money. In the past decade, those losses have totaled almost $40 million. A $12 million chalet is the next addition.

Updated: April 05, 2015, - 06:02 AM

Minnesota seniors make a pitch to protect land lines

Phone companies run into backlash promoting plan to shed some oversight.

Updated: March 12, 2015, - 11:34 PM

March 12: Bill would prohibit state agencies from financing partisan politics

Iron Range agency’s loans to call center for DFL spurred inquiry and demand for restrictions.

Updated: March 11, 2015, - 10:13 PM

Rookie state representative fined $10K for fudging hours on ethics course

Lawmaker said he wanted students to avoid blizzard.

Updated: March 10, 2015, - 08:43 AM

Jan. 8: $100M question for Iron Range board's new leader

Gov. Mark Dayton has appointed Mark Phillips to run the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board, an influential development agency powered by mining taxes.

Updated: February 28, 2015, - 11:48 PM

March 2: Publicly funded Iron Range board is deep into DFL politics, policy

An obscure state agency lent $625,000 to a call center that raises money for Democratic candidates.

Updated: February 28, 2015, - 11:39 PM

Dialing for Democrats on the Iron Range

How a state agency helped a political fundraising firm open a call center in Eveleth, Minn.

Updated: February 28, 2015, - 05:15 PM

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