Jennifer Brooks | Star Tribune
Reporter | Region

Jennifer Brooks is a regional reporter who covers stories around Minnesota and beyond.


Tina Smith settles into Senate, but big political challenge looms

Minnesota's newest U.S. senator settles in, raises $2M for campaign.


In suburban Twin Cities U.S. House districts, four DFLers angle to challenge two GOP incumbents

This weekend's district conventions in the Second and Third districts will determine which challengers go up against Reps. Paulsen and Lewis this fall.


Minnesota joins lawsuit against new census citizenship question

Minnesota is suing the federal government over a single question on the 2020 census — a question it argues could skew its population count and cost it everything from a seat in Congress to its share of federal funding.


MyPillow's Mike Lindell checks in with Trump at Mar-a-Lago

Minnesota businessman spends weekend at Mar-a-Lago talking politics.


Paulsen uses 'telephone town halls' to hear from constituents

Neither Rep. Erik Paulsen nor neighboring Rep. Jason Lewis have attended a town hall gathering in more than a year — or in Paulsen's case, years.


Minnesotans add passion, voices to D.C. march on gun control

Students from many backgrounds joined together as 800,000 rallied for stricter gun control as part of the March for Our Lives event.


Plan to drop Great Lakes wolves from endangered species list cut from budget bill

U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson's proposal to drop Great Lakes gray wolves from the endangered species list was dropped from the massive spending bill at the last minute — to the delight of Minnesota environmentalists and the dismay of state farmers who say wolf populations are healthy enough now to menace their livestock.


Sen. Tina [bleeping] Smith makes her 'View' debut

Minnesota's newest senator talked Al Franken, Stormy Daniels and blue waves on the ABC show -- and ran afoul of the network censors.


Gov. Mark Dayton 'open to anything' to deter school shootings

He said he wants to hear from educators, Cabinet for ideas on ending school violence.


How Minnesota's competitive U.S. House seats could tip power balance in midterms

Come November, Minnesota could find itself swept up in a midterm Democratic wave, or it could be the bulwark where the GOP picks up seats. Many millions in political spending are expected to wash through the state in a year that also features an open governor's race, two U.S. Senate campaigns and dozens of other down-ticket races.