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


As Al Franken begins Senate exit, debate builds over his successor

Now that Sen. Al Franken has announced he will resign in the coming weeks, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is facing a high-pressure decision over appointing a replacement.


Sen. Al Franken will announce plans on Senate floor at 10:45 a.m.

The Minnesota senator, who called the latest anonymous accusation "preposterous," is set to speak about his future. It comes after Democratic leaders united Wednesday to tell him it was time to go.


Mining bill shakes up old alliances

One bill, touching on two issues close to Minnesota's heart — the mining economy and the wild beauty of the North Woods — divided the state's congressional delegation this week.


Senate Ethics Committee has opened inquiry into Al Franken

Also, a new accuser, an Army veteran, told CNN that a 2003 encounter came while posing for a photo with Franken, who was on a USO tour.


Minnesota Justice David Stras gets long-delayed Senate hearing for federal judgeship

Stras declines to spell out views on issues but says he'd be "impartial voice" on federal courts.


Nov. 27: Back at work, Sen. Al Franken repeats public apology

The Minnesota Democrat continues his apology tour, then turns to legislation.


Sen. Franken says he can still be effective as crucial bills await

Ending an 8-day silence, the senator says he's ashamed by the accusations of groping, but ready to get back to work today.


Franken vows to regain trust of Minnesota after harassment allegations

"Let me say again that I'm sorry," the senator wrote in a statement. He apologized for embraces that "crossed a line."


Hit by scandal, Franken faces questions about ability to do job

A once-bright political career now hangs in the balance.


Franken apologizes to accuser; President Trump weighs in

Leeann Tweeden said Franken kissed and groped her without her consent during a USO tour in 2006. Sen. Klobuchar has called for an ethics investigation of Franken.