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Jessie Van Berkel

Reporter | St. Paul
Jessie Van Berkel writes about the city of St. Paul. A Minnesota native and University of Minnesota graduate, she returned to her home state after covering local government in Florida for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and public safety at the Post-Crescent in Appleton, Wis.
Recent content from Jessie Van Berkel
Amy Brendmoen set to become St. Paul City Council president

Amy Brendmoen set to become St. Paul City Council president

Council Member Rebecca Noecker is expected to become council vice president.
St. Paul City Attorney Sam Clark announces campaign for Minnesota attorney general

St. Paul City Attorney Sam Clark announces campaign for Minnesota attorney general

Clark has been St. Paul city attorney for less than three years.
Tina Smith, a political insider, steps onto the national stage

Tina Smith, a political insider, steps onto the national stage

Long known as a "velvet hammer" behind the scenes, she must craft her own public persona as Minnesota's next senator.
St. Paul City Council approves 2018 budget that shifts street maintenance costs to tax bills

St. Paul City Council approves 2018 budget that shifts street maintenance costs to tax bills

Council members approved a nearly 24 percent tax levy increase.
St. Paul City Council blocks effort to place Ford site plan on 2018 ballot

St. Paul City Council blocks effort to place Ford site plan on 2018 ballot

Opponents of the plan wanted to put the issue on the ballot in the next election.
St. Paul Mayor-elect Melvin Carter asks community to help select department directors

St. Paul Mayor-elect Melvin Carter asks community to help select department directors

St. Paul panels will help pick city's division heads.
Improvements slated for St. Paul skyways, but there's 'a long way to go'

Improvements slated for St. Paul skyways, but there's 'a long way to go'

Security plans, more police address some of the concerns.

After a year of change, St. Paul reviews new police complaint system

Police no longer serve on the commission that reviews misconduct.
Minimum wage debate takes off in St. Paul, with next mayor vowing $15

Minimum wage debate takes off in St. Paul, with next mayor vowing $15

New mayor supports boost to minimum wage, but resistance remains.
Photographer captures St. Paul's history against a new backdrop

Photographer captures St. Paul's history against a new backdrop

The past merges with present day as photographer documents landmarks.
Emergency shelter opens in St. Paul as the number of homeless people climbs

Emergency shelter opens in St. Paul as the number of homeless people climbs

Move was prompted by earlier closing of skyways, growing number of homeless in Ramsey County.
St. Paul OKs $4 million more for improvements at soccer stadium site

St. Paul OKs $4 million more for improvements at soccer stadium site

Money will be used for streets, novel stormwater system and shared park.
Melvin Carter offers big vision for St. Paul with win in mayor's race

Melvin Carter offers big vision for St. Paul with win in mayor's race

Carter already knows where he wants St. Paul to be in 2021.
Melvin Carter leaned on community ties, volunteers to win St. Paul race

Melvin Carter leaned on community ties, volunteers to win St. Paul race

A political mailer attacking Carter had the reverse effect, supporters said.
Melvin Carter on winning: 'I'm thrilled. I'm elated. I'm humbled.'

Melvin Carter on winning: 'I'm thrilled. I'm elated. I'm humbled.'

Carter will be St. Paul's first black mayor.
Last push in Mpls. and St. Paul mayoral races

Last push in Mpls. and St. Paul mayoral races

Minneapolis and St. Paul mayoral hopefuls scramble for votes ahead of Tuesday's election.
Police, housing, parks, jobs at forefront of Twin Cities mayor races

Police, housing, parks, jobs at forefront of Twin Cities mayor races

Both cities are facing property tax increases, but candidates in both mayoral races have spent more time discussing other issues.
St. Paul reaches preliminary deal with haulers for organized trash collection

St. Paul reaches preliminary deal with haulers for organized trash collection

The City Council will vote on a contract with haulers next week.
St. Paul mayoral candidates face off at final forums before Election Day

St. Paul mayoral candidates face off at final forums before Election Day

With two debates left, candidates talked about their policing plans.
St. Paul restricts menthol tobacco sales

St. Paul restricts menthol tobacco sales

Only tobacco shops, liquor stores can sell them.
With Election Day approaching, Minneapolis and St. Paul prepare for voters

With Election Day approaching, Minneapolis and St. Paul prepare for voters

Early balloting already started as cities choose mayors, other leaders
St. Paul opens $18 million police training facility

St. Paul opens $18 million police training facility

State-of-the-art center a major upgrade, chief says.
Early voting opens at six locations in Ramsey County

Early voting opens at six locations in Ramsey County

This is the first year there are multiple early voting locations in St. Paul
Dayton denounces 'racial bias,' 'negativity' against Carter in St. Paul mayor's race

Dayton denounces 'racial bias,' 'negativity' against Carter in St. Paul mayor's race

Dayton called negativity in the city's mayoral race "unfortunate."
Political group ceases activity after criticism of St. Paul election mailer

Political group ceases activity after criticism of St. Paul election mailer

The police union also said it would stop "all political activities" for the remainder of the election season.
Mayor Coleman calls on St. Paul police union board to resign

Mayor Coleman calls on St. Paul police union board to resign

Pat Harris made the same call after a mailer went out linking guns stolen from candidate Melvin Carter's house with an increase in shootings in St. Paul.
St. Paul joins in new rules for Airbnb and other short-term rentals

St. Paul joins in new rules for Airbnb and other short-term rentals

The limits on Airbnb, VRBO and other online platforms were approved Wednesday ahead of the Super Bowl.
Late surge in cash flows into St. Paul mayor's race

Late surge in cash flows into St. Paul mayor's race

Melvin Carter, Pat Harris see fundraising surge before Nov. 7 election.
St. Paul mayoral candidates draw cash from donors outside the city

St. Paul mayoral candidates draw cash from donors outside the city

Star Tribune analysis shows which candidates are favored in different St. Paul neighborhoods and what communities outside St. Paul — and outside Minnesota — are financially fueling the race.
BCA releases documents detailing Dai Thao investigation

BCA releases documents detailing Dai Thao investigation

The documents outline political ties between Thao's opponent and Minneapolis' Jacob Frey.
St. Paul taking gentler approach toward business regulation

St. Paul taking gentler approach toward business regulation

Some city leaders are growing cautious about new regulations and their effect on business owners.
St. Paul votes down move to eco-friendly food containers

St. Paul votes down move to eco-friendly food containers

The change would have hit local restaurants hard, council members said.

Most St. Paul mayoral candidates seek more safety, amenities downtown

Most say that population growth requires greater safety, more amenities.
Candidate Pat Harris says he would add police if elected mayor of St. Paul

Candidate Pat Harris says he would add police if elected mayor of St. Paul

St. Paul mayoral candidate also pushing for more prosecution of gun crimes.
Ranked-choice voting alters calculus in Mpls., St. Paul races

Ranked-choice voting alters calculus in Mpls., St. Paul races

Voters in both cities are no longer limited to one choice, and that's changed the tactics candidates are employing. Some are hesitant to criticize others for fear of alienating their supporters.
St. Paul mayoral candidate Pat Harris runs on record of community service

St. Paul mayoral candidate Pat Harris runs on record of community service

Background in business, community work primed Harris to run for his dream job.
Candidate Melvin Carter calls for more police oversight in St. Paul

Candidate Melvin Carter calls for more police oversight in St. Paul

Mayoral candidates said the city needs to address gun violence.
St. Paul considers regulations for short-term rentals, like Airbnb, ahead of Super Bowl

St. Paul considers regulations for short-term rentals, like Airbnb, ahead of Super Bowl

The city would limit the number of visitors who can stay in a home.
St. Paul mayoral candidate Melvin Carter focuses on the city's future

St. Paul mayoral candidate Melvin Carter focuses on the city's future

With deep roots in Rondo, former City Council member wants to pay it forward.
St. Paul neighbors, divided over Ford site vote, look to the future

St. Paul neighbors, divided over Ford site vote, look to the future

Business owners say the site would bring new customers.
St. Paul City Council approves Ford plant site plan on 5-2 vote

St. Paul City Council approves Ford plant site plan on 5-2 vote

The master plan, which has been divisive in the Highland Park area, will guide development of the 122-acre site into an urban village.
St. Paul leaders say they support restriction of menthol tobacco sales but will wait a month

St. Paul leaders say they support restriction of menthol tobacco sales but will wait a month

Council members plan to work with businesses before moving forward with regulations.
Gov. Dayton criticizes GOP lawmakers, defends ethics in speech

Gov. Dayton criticizes GOP lawmakers, defends ethics in speech

Dayton told hundreds of business executives and political leaders at the annual Minnesota Business Partnership dinner that his style of politics had become "too old-fashioned."
Advocates take push for $15 minimum wage to St. Paul City Hall

Advocates take push for $15 minimum wage to St. Paul City Hall

Activists will urge mayoral candidates to raise the minimum wage.
'Green To Go' could be rule for St. Paul eateries

'Green To Go' could be rule for St. Paul eateries

City Council will vote next month on Earth-friendly food containers and cups.
Forty public meetings and no agreement about master plan for St. Paul's Ford site

Forty public meetings and no agreement about master plan for St. Paul's Ford site

Ahead of a City Council vote next week, foes and fans continue to slug it out.

St. Paul City Council sets $141 million maximum tax levy, a nearly 24 percent increase

St. Paul taxpayers will pay for street maintenance differently next year.
St. Paul considers restricting sale of menthol tobacco

St. Paul considers restricting sale of menthol tobacco

The city already restricts the sale of some flavors of tobacco.
St. Paul studies tax increment financing at site around soccer stadium

St. Paul studies tax increment financing at site around soccer stadium

Team-affiliated developers control the 15.6-acre site.
St. Paul will start closing skyway system at midnight in October

St. Paul will start closing skyway system at midnight in October

Closing time moves up two hours, due to public safety concerns.
Dayton endorses Melvin Carter, his staff member, for St. Paul mayor

Dayton endorses Melvin Carter, his staff member, for St. Paul mayor

Carter has led Dayton's Children's Cabinet.
Pat Harris, Melvin Carter each raise more than $250,000 in race for St. Paul mayor

Pat Harris, Melvin Carter each raise more than $250,000 in race for St. Paul mayor

Donors to their campaigns included business owners, educators and state staff members.
St. Paul mayoral candidate Dai Thao won't face charges over bribery allegations

St. Paul mayoral candidate Dai Thao won't face charges over bribery allegations

The Scott County attorney's office said there was insufficient information to prosecute.
St. Paul Council member proposes reduced building heights in Ford site plan, with a caveat

St. Paul Council member proposes reduced building heights in Ford site plan, with a caveat

He wants reduced height unless developer adds more green space.
St. Paul sees residential and economic growth, but racial gaps remain

St. Paul sees residential and economic growth, but racial gaps remain

New report provides insight as the city plans for future development.
St. Paul has big plans to capitalize on Super Bowl tourism

St. Paul has big plans to capitalize on Super Bowl tourism

A night market, big slide and Ice Palace are planned in St. Paul to coincide with Super Bowl across the river.
St. Paul questions partnership with Ramsey County to help job seekers

St. Paul questions partnership with Ramsey County to help job seekers

City ponders how Ramsey County alliance can better serve its citizens.
Midway Shopping Center deal clears way for St. Paul soccer stadium

Midway Shopping Center deal clears way for St. Paul soccer stadium

A portion of the shopping center's land is needed for soccer stadium construction.
St. Paul leaders consider stricter skyway security and use rules

St. Paul leaders consider stricter skyway security and use rules

People are divided on what time skyways should be closed.
St. Paul mayoral candidate Melvin Carter's home burglarized

St. Paul mayoral candidate Melvin Carter's home burglarized

Guns, electronics and household goods were stolen.
St. Paul mayor proposes 24 percent property tax hike, says it's a cost shift

St. Paul mayor proposes 24 percent property tax hike, says it's a cost shift

In his last budget address, held at St. Paul College, Chris Coleman says the increase primarily is a cost shift.
23 candidates file to run for mayor in Minneapolis, St. Paul

23 candidates file to run for mayor in Minneapolis, St. Paul

12 meet the filing deadline in Minneapolis; 11 will run in St. Paul.
St. Paul, Minneapolis mayors will give more details Tuesday on 2018 budgets

St. Paul, Minneapolis mayors will give more details Tuesday on 2018 budgets

Coleman to detail St. Paul plans Tuesday; in Mpls., Hodges will give brief version.

St. Paul appoints new police civilian review board members despite concerns

Police raised concerns about the commission's procedures.
St. Paul residents evaluate bus, streetcar options to link city, MSP

St. Paul residents evaluate bus, streetcar options to link city, MSP

Advisory committee members will select a route and transit type in December.
Some Dayton's Bluff residents try to push out homeless day center

Some Dayton's Bluff residents try to push out homeless day center

People who live near Listening House gave St. Paul officials an earful on center's zoning requirements. Now a month has been set aside to work on problems.
More children headed to pre-K this fall after state adds $50 million for early learning

More children headed to pre-K this fall after state adds $50 million for early learning

More kids are going to preschool this fall as a result of state funding.
False alarms are about to get more expensive in St. Paul

False alarms are about to get more expensive in St. Paul

The City Council opted for a smaller increase in the annual fee after public outcry.
St. Paul debuts strategy to increase tech jobs

St. Paul debuts strategy to increase tech jobs

The city's Innovation Cabinet set a goal: 2,000 tech-related jobs by 2020.
St. Paul proceeds with Ford site development despite opposition

St. Paul proceeds with Ford site development despite opposition

A massive dirt field in St. Paul's Highland Park neighborhood could one day house up to 7,200 people and be the workplace of a thousand or more.
St. Paul moves ahead with talks on coordinated trash hauling

St. Paul moves ahead with talks on coordinated trash hauling

As city aims for 2018 deadline, residents still giving mixed reviews.
St. Paul mayor presents plan to pay for street maintenance

St. Paul mayor presents plan to pay for street maintenance

St. Paul needs to come up with a new way to pay for maintenance, he said.
Kirsten Langsetmo, early advocate for people with autism, dies at 88

Kirsten Langsetmo, early advocate for people with autism, dies at 88

Kirsten Langsetmo’s determination was evident long before her second daughter, Ellen, was born. She was one of only a few women to graduate with an…
St. Paul residents give mixed reviews to proposed trash hauling prices

St. Paul residents give mixed reviews to proposed trash hauling prices

The costs will include three big items, like microwaves and mattresses, a year.
Streetcar and bus plans move forward for Riverview Corridor in St. Paul

Streetcar and bus plans move forward for Riverview Corridor in St. Paul

Options are down to six, and light rail is not one of them.
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