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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 GOP needs to learn from past, look to future

The generation that rebuilt after Watergate watches the next generation face its own stinging defeat.

For adoptive families, 2020 was the perfectly imperfect time to open hearts and homes

  The four newest members of the Dubra family crowded around the screen, waiting for the judge to make it official. “All right, everyone. I’m…

Homeless outreach workers help the veterans who need more than our thanks

Minnesota counted at least 308 homeless veterans on Veterans Day 2020, 100 more than last year.

Brooks: In some states, they bury the hatchet — literally

A Delaware tradition offers a template for the rest of us in times when we agree on very little.

Brooks: Will legalization of pot in S.D. waft to Minnesota?

Lots of issues split along partisan lines — blue against red, liberal against conservative, us against them — but not marijuana. Never marijuana.

Brooks: If you need a break from politics, remember the penguins!

At the Como Park Zoo, someone is piloting a remote-controlled shark around a tank for no other reason than to make a penguin happy.

Brooks: Reaching every Minnesota voter, when every vote counts

In a democracy, they say, the people end up with the government they deserve. Minnesotans worked hard this year to get out the…

Flap over Minneapolis deputy chief's 'white boys' comment missed point

Minneapolis Police Deputy Chief Art Knight gave half a quote to the paper the other week.He was talking about a defunct diversity program that used…

Brooks: A runner with heart gets back in the race after a year of healing

Last October, an irregular heartbeat sent Tyler Moon into cardiac arrest near the 8-mile marker of a 10-mile race in the middle of Summit Avenue.

Brooks: Minneapolis has first memorial to survivors of sexual violence

The new Survivors Memorial, at Boom Island Park, is a reminder that survivors surround us, like veterans of some forgotten war.