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Jennifer Brooks is a local columnist for the Star Tribune. She travels across Minnesota, writing thoughtful and surprising stories about residents and issues.

Previously as a Star Tribune reporter, Brooks covered the State Capitol and the Minnesota congressional delegation in Washington.


Brooks: Minnesota churches build faith in COVID-19 vaccine, give shots of hope to those in need

Sometimes the people who need health care most are the ones who trust the health care system least.


Brooks: For a second year, pandemic hits the Friday fish fries

A few, like Our Lady of Peace in Minneapolis, had enough space and willing volunteers for the Friday fish fry to carry on — as carryout.


Brooks: Inclusive baseball league puts out the call for Minnesota coaches and players

Alternative Baseball is a place anyone with special needs can come and know they won't be judged and they won't be alone.


Brooks: In north Minneapolis, an internship becomes a vocation

The North Side needed someone needed to keep the work going. Will Wallace had the workforce.


Brooks: Par for the course as Park Board debate over Hiawatha course continues

For years, the Park Board has reviewed proposals to restore part of the watershed around Hiawatha while still preserving the park for the public to enjoy. Next week, the board will hold the latest of many public hearings on the updated master plan for the site.


Brooks: When Minnesotans couldn't go to the museum, museums came to us

You can sit on your couch in Minnesota and tour the Museu de Arte in São Paulo.Or you can get up off your couch…


Brooks: Minnesota legislators vote to denounce violence at U.S. Capitol – most of them, anyway

For almost two hours Monday, lawmakers talked over each other and past each other and around and around the events of Jan. 6.


Brooks: University of Minnesota students learn the comfort of sharing comfort foods

In the bleak early days of the pandemic, as Americans cocooned themselves in jigsaw puzzles, half-sewn face masks and bubbling tubs of sourdough starter, student…


Brooks: Minneapolis police union chief Kroll goes out with a whimper

The cop who made Minneapolis less safe is walking away from the job.Lt. Bob Kroll, president of the Minneapolis police union, plans to retire at…


Brooks: Hennepin County tosses a lifeline to small businesses battered by the pandemic

Help went to more than 4,600 small businesses and nonprofits hurt by the shutdowns, recession and unrest of the past year.