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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: University of Minnesota students learn the comfort of sharing comfort foods

In the bleak early days of the pandemic, as Americans cocooned themselves in jigsaw puzzles, half-sewn face masks and bubbling tubs of sourdough starter, student…

Brooks: Minneapolis police union chief Kroll goes out with a whimper

The cop who made Minneapolis less safe is walking away from the job.Lt. Bob Kroll, president of the Minneapolis police union, plans to retire at…

Brooks: Hennepin County tosses a lifeline to small businesses battered by the pandemic

Help went to more than 4,600 small businesses and nonprofits hurt by the shutdowns, recession and unrest of the past year.

Brooks: After the coup at the Capitol, the storm rages on

You can't say this is not who we are. This is exactly who some of us are and always have been.

Brooks: Lutefisk a 'Happy Meal for 2020'

Where there's a will for lutefisk — or lutfisk, if you trace your roots to Sweden rather than Norway — there's a way.

Want to give snow saviors a name? Enter the name-a-plow contest

With plow appreciation at a seasonal high, MnDOT is launching an effort to help Minnesotans form an even deeper bond with their friendly neighborhood plow.

Brooks: This year, give the gift of COVID status

The line for a COVID-19 test is nobody's idea of the Happiest Place on Earth."This isn't Disney," said Shawn Baxley, vice president of field operations…

Brooks: A second chance for veterans gets one last chance at Minnesota Legislature

A bill about second chances gets its last chance at the Minnesota Legislature on Monday.The Veterans Restorative Justice Act would steer veterans — struggling…