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


Brooks: A family's desperate search for COVID care for their disabled son

Malik Lewis is battling pneumonia and COVID — and the tubes and wires keeping him alive.Malik, 21, has a sweet smile, a loving family,…


Brooks: Columbus fell and state is picking up pieces

A year and a half after a dented Columbus was carted off to a state warehouse, there is still no paperwork, no procedure, no plan for where it should end up.


Brooks: In the red spaces on the election map, the DFL makes its pitch

The 11 offices outside the Twin Cities are places to organize volunteers, hold meetings and distribute yard signs ahead of next year's midterm elections.


Brooks: At the bison auction: Sold to the buffalo-est bidder

Once home to huge herds, Minnesota now has about 5,000, maybe 10,000 bison, depending on who's counting.


Brooks: Minnesota schools begin to part ways with outdated mascots

Minnesota, thousands of whose citizens fought and died to preserve the Union, is home to at least half a dozen high schools with Confederate mascots.


Brooks: Photographer seeks to show young women what real beauty is

The hope is to start chipping away at years of Instagram messaging about which of their selfies are good or bad; which of their features are flattering or flaws.


Setting the record straight on long-ago offenses

Sometimes, a misdemeanor can feel like a life sentence.It wasn't much marijuana. Enough to roll a few joints.Enough to slap a college student with a…


Brooks: Spirits in the steel at Minnesota's memorials to the World Trade Center

That broken beam in Marshall, Minn., is as close as most of us will ever get to ground zero.


Brooks: Fort Snelling archaeologists offer the public a chance to dig into history this weekend

Nothing connects you with history like holding a piece of it in your hand.


Brooks: Fort Snelling archaeologists offer a chance to dig into history this weekend

Nothing connects you with history like holding a piece of it in your hand.