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Jennifer Brooks is a local columnist for the Star Tribune. She travels across Minnesota, writing thoughtful and surprising stories about residents and issues.

Previously as a Star Tribune reporter, Brooks covered the State Capitol and the Minnesota congressional delegation in Washington.

Brooks: Minnesota's last competitive sport is the 2020 Census

Each response is an affirmation: We're here, our children are here, we count.

Brooks: Chalk up this artful gesture to someone with a big heart wanting to help

Cedar Thomas is an artist, a college senior and one of millions of Minnesotans making the best of these difficult times.

Brooks: The art of the possible continues, despite it all

The coronavirus might shut down almost everything else, but the art goes on at Interact, a visual and performing arts center for people with disabilities.

Brooks: Minnesotans try to make the best of the worst of times

Staying happy and healthy while staying at home is the challenge now for 5 million-plus Minnesotans.

Brooks: To keep their neighbors safe, the one thing they can't do is their job

  The one thing Justin Sutherland can’t do right now is his job. “All we’ve done, all our lives, is feed people,” the chef

Brooks: Minnesota children's book finds audience as schools, libraries close

The middle of a public health emergency is terrible timing for a book launch. But that was just the beginning of the story.

Brooks: Minnesotans work to stay close while socially distant

For the next few weeks or months, keeping our distance will be the surest way to keep each other safe. The distance comes at a cost

Brooks: Minnesota dairy farm survives and thrives after a blizzard of bad luck

The new year has been kinder to the Hoffman family after their dairy farm almost went out of business.

Brooks: Just put down the mask, wash your hands and other virus advice

Despite practical, affordable and common-sense advice, pandemic panic has emptied store shelves across the city, state and country.

Brooks: Every campaign that ends breaks somebody's heart

At Klobuchar headquarters in northeast Minneapolis, they were clearing out the campaign bus. Yard signs. Leaflets. “Amy for America” buttons. The candidate’s staff piled them…