Columnist | Local

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: While the Twin Cities region rages, a neighborhood grieves a singular loss

A mural of George Floyd in south Minneapolis is an act of creation in the middle of so much destruction.


Brooks: George Floyd and the city that killed him

Something's not right in Minnesota, land of some of the worst racial disparities in America.


Brooks: Boys & Girls Clubs adapt to pandemic by meeting kids where they are

For some families, a global pandemic barely registers as a traumatic event compared with everything else they've survived.


Brooks: Not attending church won't kill anyone, but rushing to reopen might

Minnesota's Catholic conference and the conservative Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod are promising every precaution. That might not be enough.


Brooks: This Memorial Day, communities remember what they lost and hold on to what they have

The pandemic threatens our lives and our livelihoods. But for everything the virus takes, there are people who find ways to give back.


'I never felt handicapped until now.' Minnesotans with hearing loss face a masked world

For thousands of Minnesotans with hearing loss, the masks we've come to rely on are a barrier to communication.


Brooks: U students saved local hospitals from running out of PPE

A small group of students from the University of Minnesota just invented a new Class 1 medical device and got it into production. It took them two weeks.


Brooks: Caring for COVID-19 patients forced Blaine doctor into isolation from family

This is the price some pay to protect the rest of us.


Brooks: In a Legislature on lockdown, Capitol gets used to a new normal

Among the signs: It falls to the lawmakers themselves to fill in as chaplain and open each session with a few good words in these bad times.


Brooks: From the Class of 1970 to the Class of 2020, with empathy

The 50th reunion might not happen until the 51st, but Macalester's Class of 1970 is more worried about the Class of 2020.