Jennifer Brooks | Star Tribune
Columnist | Local

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

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


Brooks: Killing of a good Samaritan in St. Paul sparks outpouring of compassion

The next time there's a crash in the night, will the neighbors hesitate?


Jennifer Brooks: For young Americans today, 9/11 is history

Most college students today were toddlers on Sept. 11, 2001. Their stories start in the world made afterward.


Brooks: Homeless find community, comfort at Minneapolis Central Library

It's proof that libraries have always been more than just buildings full of books.


Minnesota Historical Society wants to hear from you about renaming Historic Fort Snelling

Fort Snelling didn't close the chapter on 1827. It just added more to the story.


Brooks: No way to stand pat at Minnesota State Fair

A daylong jaunt around the fairgrounds makes for 9 miles and touching all the animals one can.


Reproductive health care in Minnesota just got more expensive for people who can least afford it

The first day after the last day of Title X funding, two teenagers walked through the door of a Minnesota Planned Parenthood clinic. They needed…


Bidding on Bunyan: Auction of a 17-foot-tall lumberjack sets off bidding war

Plenty of Minnesotans are interested in buying the face of the Eco Experience's clothing and textile recycling exhibit at the State Fair since 2016.


Brooks: DHS turmoil hits bands where they were already hurting

White Earth officials are bracing for cuts to programs that have just started to help people heal.


Brooks: A family newspaper buys the Stevens County Times from the Forum chain

At a time when hometown papers are closing, consolidating or shriveling, Reed and Shelly Anfinson will be publishing more hometown papers.


Brooks: In hard times, farmers try to help each other through

Every other week, someone in farm country sits down at a microphone to talk about the unspeakable. The farm they lost. Stress. Depression. Strained marriages.…