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Reporter | Region

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


Pawlenty, mulling return to Minnesota politics, leaves D.C. lobbying job

The former governor and his allies have been reaching out to donors, trying to gauge support for a possible run for a third term in his old job.


Sen. Tina Smith clarifies abortion bill claim after challenge

Senator clarifies ban's stance on sexual assault but calls the language "wholly inadequate."


Minnesota GOP's Tom Emmer, Jason Lewis defend release of Nunes memo

Minnesota Republicans in Congress cite transparency in release of controversial intelligence memo; Paulsen more guarded in response.


Minn. Rep. Jason Lewis suffers a concussion in train crash

Rep. Jason Lewis rejoined his colleagues at policy retreat in West Virginia despite the injury.


State of the Union leaves Minnesota lawmakers divided

Republicans applauded, Democrats exchanged incredulous looks.


U.S. Senate confirms Minnesota Justice David Stras to federal bench

Minnesota justice's nomination was delayed by objections by former Sen. Franken.


State delegation brings friends, family and symbolic guests to speech

Minnesota's delegation packs the galleries ahead of Trump's State of the Union address.


Minnesota U.S. Rep. McCollum calls for Trump's impeachment

She's the ninth cosponsor, and first Minnesotan, to sign on to resolution.


Trump officials cut back review of Boundary Waters mining ban

Infuriated, Gov. Mark Dayton calls it a "terrible" decision, but mining advocates cheer.


Klobuchar, Smith vote to end federal government shutdown

Following a weekend of tense negotiations, Minnesota's Democratic senators voted to end a short-lived government shutdown.