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: North Minneapolis gets the Christmas tree it deserves this weekend

Even with the setback of an offensive display, the city has come far since Jamar Clark's death and the vigil held outside the Fourth Precinct station.


Brooks: Struggling bookshops turn to online fundraisers to keep lights on

For small businesses, small setbacks — like the headaches from an ongoing, yearslong highway construction — can create huge problems.


Brooks: A story of two Christmas trees, law enforcement agencies and the places in their communities

While Wisconsin law enforcement uses a Christmas tree to bring a community together, a Minneapolis precinct does the opposite.


Brooks: Ilhan Omar and the long, strange history of congressional 'decorum'

Congress banned head covering during its 20th session, in 1837. More than 180 years later, that might come to an end.


Brooks: Scaring immigrants away from the table this Thanksgiving

“Mami! Mami!” the little girl calls out when her mother returns home with bags of fresh fruit and vegetables, milk and yogurt. “You filled up…


Brooks: Hennepin County tries to ease the stress of stressful jobs

Hennepin County's $1.4 million HealthWorks program aims to save taxpayers money in the long run by easing stress, illness and burnout.


Brooks: 100 years after the guns fell silent on the Western Front, Minnesota remembers

About 118,500 Minnesotans served in World War I and 3,607 of them died, and this year, like every year, Minnesota remembers.


Brooks: It's time to move on from campaigning to conversation

  Our government is divided and our electorate is divided and the 2018 attack ads and robocalls are still ringing in our ears. Good people…


Brooks: Minnesota voters the best in the country? Don't let us down

Every ballots is a little miracle, an act of faith and hope, a show of strength and duty by citizens.


Jennifer Brooks: It's time to repair a broken world

It could break your heart, if it hasn't already. This random, repetitive cruelty.