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: Wear your politics on your sleeve this August

Minnesota had good intentions and bad execution when it set out to turn polling places into tranquil, slogan-free oases.


Brooks: When goats and yoga become one to save the dairy farm

These days, the Have Ya Herd herd not only pays its own way, it helps keep the Lubich family farm afloat


Brooks: Break out the popcorn, it's primary season

Days after the party endorsing conventions, we are neck-deep in would-be governors, lieutenant governors, attorneys general and congresspeople.


Brooks: Students remind us: T.H.I.N.K. before you post online

This has been a week of teachable moments on social media.


Brooks: That one thing you like? Not happening at Minnesota Legislature

This end-of-session horse trading and arm twisting comes at a price.


New columnist Jennifer Brooks: It all starts with the fishing opener

After a move from D.C. back to Minnesota, the water provides a perfect place to decompress.


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.