Jennifer Brooks | Star Tribune
Columnist | Local

As a Star Tribune reporter, Jennifer Brooks covered the Capitol and the Minnesota congressional delegation in Washington, and she has traveled across Minnesota writing thoughtful, surprising stories about the people and issues of the state.


Brooks: Can you give up your car for one day? Minneapolis hopes you can

Happy World Car-Free Day, to those who celebrate. On Friday, Minneapolis is hoping some of its 160,000 downtown workers find a new route to work.…


Brooks: O Cannabis! What happens when pot's legal next door?

Canada's legalizing recreational marijuana in October. In November, North Dakota voters will decide whether to follow suit.


Brooks: Grand Rapids celebrates recovery of stolen slippers

The mystery of the stolen slippers gripped Grand Rapids and haunted the small Judy Garland Museum.


Kofi Annan: Diplomat, peacemaker, Ping-Pong legend

Annan in August at age 80, leaving his mark on international diplomacy and his name on Macalester's Institute for Global Citizenship.


Brooks: McCain's 'Lakeville moment' became his defining legacy

John McCain lived a life overcrowded with great and terrible moments. But the one that got replayed over and over on the news after his…


Brooks: Minnesota race to empower women begins with a lesson in self-defense

The training made it hard not to think about Mollie Tibbetts or other local cases where a woman has come across danger while out by herself.


Brooks: To see your congressional candidates debate, it costs just $60 a seat

If there's another debate in the Third District race for Congress, maybe there will be time to talk about health care policy or for the audience to ask a few questions.


Brooks: A hometown newspaper writes its own obituary and a second act

It may be difficult for the community to miss its paper if it doesn't really feel like it's gone.


Brooks: Analyzing Tim Pawlenty's three-peat defeat

As far as the national political analysts were concerned, the campaign postmortem was complete: Trump Train.


Brooks: A tale of 2 splinters (and one $751 medical bill)

This is a story of bloodshed and cupcakes and our stupid-expensive health care system.