Recent content from Jennifer Brooks
Those with experience in finding common ground say it starts with finding us, not us and them.
The rain kept falling, but the birds kept singing. So the watchers stayed at their post, keeping count. Chickadee. Flicker. Pileated woodpecker. Yellow-bellied sapsucker. Each…
Tagged with the mark of the beast, this small Minneapolis congregation responded with grace, humor and empathy. The mark of the best.
The Richfield event was the first in a series bringing children and entertainers to Hennepin County libraries to celebrate a love of stories, dress-up and accepting people just the way they are.
"If and when you do feel uncomfortable, lean in to that," Toussaint Morrison said.
We’re counting on you, Burnsville. The 2020 census is six months away. Soon, census takers will roam the nation in the largest peacetime mobilization in…
The next time there's a crash in the night, will the neighbors hesitate?
Most college students today were toddlers on Sept. 11, 2001. Their stories start in the world made afterward.
It's proof that libraries have always been more than just buildings full of books.
Fort Snelling didn't close the chapter on 1827. It just added more to the story.
A daylong jaunt around the fairgrounds makes for 9 miles and touching all the animals one can.
The first day after the last day of Title X funding, two teenagers walked through the door of a Minnesota Planned Parenthood clinic. They needed…
Plenty of Minnesotans are interested in buying the face of the Eco Experience's clothing and textile recycling exhibit at the State Fair since 2016.
White Earth officials are bracing for cuts to programs that have just started to help people heal.
At a time when hometown papers are closing, consolidating or shriveling, Reed and Shelly Anfinson will be publishing more hometown papers.
Every other week, someone in farm country sits down at a microphone to talk about the unspeakable. The farm they lost. Stress. Depression. Strained marriages.…
Survivors and scholars have watched the American cycle of tragedy, outrage and inaction play out again and again.
That jumble of nonrecyclable, nonanimal items causes real headaches at recycling centers.
The Midwest gets defined by what it's not. But the Midwest is going to pick your next president.
On the road to reconciliation, Twin Cities German Immersion School invited over the neighbors for one last look inside St. Andrew's Church. But for some, reconciliation can't be rushed.
The findings shocked University of Minnesota researchers and Hennepin County transit planners.
If people are the cause of most of life's troubles, we're also the solution, as the lake cleanup shows.
"I'm not half-naked," Duluth photographer Michelle Bennett tried to explain to the officer who approached her on Park Point beach last month. "I'm topless."
I Pledge Allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. That was…
If you heard someone or something you liked on stage last week and you want to hear more, just wait.
It was morning in the garden. The start of the workday. Half a dozen 14- and 15-year-olds fanned out across an overgrown lot at…
If a save-the-fireworks effort doesn't come together this year, Grand Old Day Anyway plans to return the donations and try again in 2020.
For six straight hours, people in St. Paul smiled when they talked about garbage.
It's swarm season in Minnesota, when honeybees fan out in search of new homes. Sometimes, they pick the wrong neighborhood.
The Legislature's session ended with no emergency insulin aid. Some would die for a special session.
You can find a seat downtown, if you know where to look. You just have to navigate blocks of seatless streets and charmless plazas to get there.
Coming up with a banner to rally your town is exactly as hard as it sounds.
Rep. Angie Craig said there is a big difference between the topics her constituents care about and the ones that fascinate the Beltway.
During the Vietnam War, when airports could feel like hostile territory to troops traveling in uniform, a young sailor from Minneapolis dreamed of a warmer…
On a windy Wednesday in Uptown Minneapolis, people gathered to cheer the demolition of a Planned Parenthood clinic — a demolition that’s making way for…
Mile in My Shoes pairs residents with experienced runners from the community in the hope that everyone can find some joy and common ground.
Ramadan is a time to avoid conflict and quarrels, but anyone who follows U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar on Twitter knows conflict avoidance is not her style.
There have been zero cases of measles in Minnesota this year, no thanks to me. Measles is back in a big, dumb way.…
The city's attempt to put a price on Damond's life — like everything else about her death — stirred painful questions about whose lives we value and which deaths we can explain away.
The murder trial was so tangled up in race and politics and public policy, it's hard to tell where justice begins for some and ends for others.
Two hundred years ago, somebody befouled a Minnesota lake with John C. Calhoun’s name. Now a state appellate court says we’re stuck with it until…
Eden Prairie kindergartners join the ranks of almost 4,000 Minnesotans who have spent more than 4,000 hours tidying metro storm grates.
There's a $4 million word on a sign at Fort Snelling.Bdote. The Dakota name for this spur of land at the confluence of the Mississippi…
In times of tragedy, which seemed to surround us this past week, we're reminded we don't have to go through them alone.
Justine Ruszczyk Damond was one of an estimated 987 people shot and killed by police in this country in 2017.
Mark Westpfahl stood in Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport last week and watched a planeload of his students take to the skies without him.
The river will rise this spring, almost everyone agrees on that. The question is, how high?
A comforting thought, straight from the admissions department at the University of Minnesota: 99.999 percent of those who get into college get in the right way.
Suddenly, Minnesota has an issue that doesn't break along party lines and doesn't spark a bitter debate: The time change affects everyone.
Naming things is hard. This is a land of 11,842 lakes, and a surprisingly large number of them are named Mud. Renaming things is harder.
Someone, somewhere in America, is yelling about Ilhan Omar. Right now, it's Congress.
At least 19 dairy barns collapsed across southern and central Minnesota during the month's storms, the Minnesota Milk Producers Association estimates.
Columnist Jennifer Brooks: This weekend, a group of people whose names aren't worth the ink it would take to print their names rolled into Minnesota and cast lie after lie.
Anyone can talk about the weather. Minnesotans prefer to do something about it.
Maj. Henry Courtney Jr.'s Medal of Honor is coming home to Duluth after long years in storage in a Pennsylvania vault.
Every American knows the only thing worse than our health coverage is losing our health coverage.
School leaders make the best call they can. And if they can, they turn the call into performance art.
We were so cruel. We had no idea how cruel, which is why this keeps happening.
Slapfights seem to break out at the Capitol every time Minnesota tries to pick an official state thing.
CBD doesn't fall on anyone's desk, and the tiny Board of Pharmacy couldn't crack down, even if it wanted to.
The worse the weather, the happier they are.
Maj. Henry A. Courtney's Medal of Honor is locked away in a vault in Pennsylvania.
In the middle of a government shutdown, an agency that hadn’t cut a paycheck in four weeks held a job fair. Not the greatest…
The parents of a newborn are spending the first weeks of 2019 in the neonatal intensive care unit watching over their son, while the medical bills pile up and no paychecks arrive.
We didn't find Jayme. Jayme found us.
By the time you read this, former Gov. Mark Dayton will be off on his first vacation in eight years. On his way out the…
Minnesota’s newest members of Congress are getting ready to start work in a government that just stopped working. For weeks, our five newly elected lawmakers…
Pardon hearing day means four hours of high drama, heartbreak and small mercies for people who are trying hard to be better than they used to be.
Minnesota taxpayers won't know how much the Board of Regents will propose to pay Joan Gabel until a public offer is made, probably next week.
Even with the setback of an offensive display, the city has come far since Jamar Clark's death and the vigil held outside the Fourth Precinct station.
For small businesses, small setbacks — like the headaches from an ongoing, yearslong highway construction — can create huge problems.
While Wisconsin law enforcement uses a Christmas tree to bring a community together, a Minneapolis precinct does the opposite.
Congress banned head covering during its 20th session, in 1837. More than 180 years later, that might come to an end.
“Mami! Mami!” the little girl calls out when her mother returns home with bags of fresh fruit and vegetables, milk and yogurt. “You filled up…
Hennepin County's $1.4 million HealthWorks program aims to save taxpayers money in the long run by easing stress, illness and burnout.