Jennifer Brooks | Star Tribune
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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: In awful times, we can pull each other through

In times of tragedy, which seemed to surround us this past week, we're reminded we don't have to go through them alone.

Brooks: At Noor trial and in other police shootings, bearing witness is all we have left

Justine Ruszczyk Damond was one of an estimated 987 people shot and killed by police in this country in 2017.

St. Paul teacher says airline bumped him from flight home with 16 middle-schoolers

Mark Westpfahl stood in Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport last week and watched a planeload of his students take to the skies without him.

Brooks: Facing an uncertain forecast, Fargo mayor musters hope and sandbags

The river will rise this spring, almost everyone agrees on that. The question is, how high?

Brooks: Hard-working college students feel scandal is a slap in the face

A comforting thought, straight from the admissions department at the University of Minnesota: 99.999 percent of those who get into college get in the right way.

Brooks: Sleep-deprived Minn. lawmakers are tired of springing forward, falling back

Suddenly, Minnesota has an issue that doesn't break along party lines and doesn't spark a bitter debate: The time change affects everyone.

Brooks: This state likes to drag its feet on renaming ... well ... anything

Naming things is hard. This is a land of 11,842 lakes, and a surprisingly large number of them are named Mud. Renaming things is harder.

Brooks: Hard to separate Omar and criticism from politics, prejudice and pride

Someone, somewhere in America, is yelling about Ilhan Omar. Right now, it's Congress.

Brooks: February snowstorms may have been the last straw for some struggling dairy farms

At least 19 dairy barns collapsed across southern and central Minnesota during the month's storms, the Minnesota Milk Producers Association estimates.

Oh no-go zones: Minnesota survives an unwelcome weekend invasion

Columnist Jennifer Brooks: This weekend, a group of people whose names aren't worth the ink it would take to print their names rolled into Minnesota and cast lie after lie.