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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.

As all eyes turn to the GOP convention in Milwaukee, a look back at 2008 in St. Paul

A very different catastrophe — a hurricane — dampened spirits at the 2008 Republican Convention in St. Paul.

Brooks: Biden's debate performance was so bad, it may have put Minnesota in play

The Cook Political Report no longer considers Minnesota a "likely" Democratic win — merely leaning that way.

Brooks: Minneapolis parks workers want you to know why they're striking

This is the final day of a weeklong strike by park workers who say they've done too much with too little for too long.

Laser loon lives: The second life of Minnesota state flag(s)

Residents have flocked to online and brick-and-mortar shops to buy whichever design says "Minnesota" to them.

Brooks: Check out the llamas all summer long at Hennepin County libraries

There are llamas at the library for the same reason there are books on the shelves.

Saving lives at the push of a button: Minneapolis unveils first Narcan vending machine

Lifesaving drugs that reverse the effect of an opioid overdose are available free from a vending machine outside a south Minneapolis fire station.

Brooks: A Minneapolis restaurant was beautifying the neighborhood with flowers. A flower thief stood in the way.

Good thing El Sazon Cocina has good neighbors who are good florists.

Brooks: A horror show of a debate - and what's that you say about Minneapolis, Donald Trump?

One man lied and blustered, the other was muddled and unconvincing.

Brooks: Tarantula and assault charges fly in Hennepin County Board race

Political hopeful Marisa Simonetti seems to think buying and deploying a tarantula is how adults settle disputes.

Brooks: Feisty the seal serves as a reminder of resilience a dozen years after devastating Duluth floods

Still Feisty after all these years, Duluth's favorite seal survivor just became a father.