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Jennifer Brooks

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Jennifer Brooks is a regional reporter who covers stories around Minnesota and beyond.
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A lake by any other name ... requires a lot of paperwork.

A lake by any other name ... requires a lot of paperwork.

It takes a lot of patience to rename one of Minnesota's 11,842 lakes.
Fewer than 100 enlisted in Minnesota’s medical marijuana program

Fewer than 100 enlisted in Minnesota’s medical marijuana program

Fewer than 100 patients have signed up so far for the new program.
First patients get medical marijuana in Minnesota

First patients get medical marijuana in Minnesota

When it became legal at the stroke of midnight, the first patients in the state were hopeful and happy.
As medical marijuana rolls out this week, sickest scramble for access

As medical marijuana rolls out this week, sickest scramble for access

Wyatt Hauser suffered seven seizures in the time it took his parents to explain why they’ve already booked an appointment to buy cannabis oil for their son this Wednesday, the first day it will be legal.
First look at Minneapolis's new medical marijuana dispensary

First look at Minneapolis's new medical marijuana dispensary

With legalization days away, state has just 65 patients enrolled.

Few sign up for medical marijuana, which is legal next week in Minnesota

Only 41 patients are certified for program that launches July 1.
Cottage Grove welcomes the cannabis business

Cottage Grove welcomes the cannabis business

LeafLine Labs shows off 42,000-square-foot medical marijuana manufacturing plant.

Patients still struggle to enroll in MN medical marijuana program

As of last Friday, 14 patients have enrolled in Minnesota’s medical cannabis program.
Minn. health official leaves to lead medical marijuana company

Minn. health official leaves to lead medical marijuana company

LeafLine Labs, which is growing half the state’s supply of medical marijuana, announced Assistant Health Commissioner Manny Munson-Regala as its new chief executive.
Desperate patients seek Minnesota doctors for marijuana sign-up help

Desperate patients seek Minnesota doctors for marijuana sign-up help

Many physicians, or their practices, are reluctant to certify people, and one storefront was shut down.
104 Minn. doctors apply to be certified for medical cannabis

104 Minn. doctors apply to be certified for medical cannabis

104 want to register patients for marijuana.
Princeton man pleads guilty to torturing, killing girlfriend's dog

Princeton man pleads guilty to torturing, killing girlfriend's dog

Videos showed Princeton man viciously attacking his girlfriend’s husky mix.
Survey: Minnesota doctors uneasy about medical marijuana

Survey: Minnesota doctors uneasy about medical marijuana

In a survey, 68 percent of doctors said they were not planning to certify patients to participate in the state’s medical cannabis registry.

Five patients sign up for medical marijuana in Minnesota, a slow start

A handful of patients and practitioners signed up for the program on its first day.
Registration opens for state's medical marijuana program

Registration opens for state's medical marijuana program

With one month to go before doors open, patients can now get certified in the tightly regulated medical marijuana program
Heroin traffickers created 'epidemic' on Minn. reservations

Heroin traffickers created 'epidemic' on Minn. reservations

Drug traffickers “have profited by poisoning a lot of people,” tribal police say, after 41 people were indicted on a charge of running drugs to Indian Country.
Aug. 25: State's doctors will have little say in medical pot program

Aug. 25: State's doctors will have little say in medical pot program

Doctors won’t write the prescriptions or decide how strong a dose of cannabis a patient will receive. Their only role will be to confirm that a patient has a qualifying condition.

Judge halts construction on key part of $2B Fargo-Moorhead flood control project

Court says Minnesota should be allowed to finish environmental impact review of $2 billion plan.
N.D. oil train derailment, town evacuation restart Minnesota debate

N.D. oil train derailment, town evacuation restart Minnesota debate

No one was hurt in the spectacular derailment and blaze near the tiny town of Heimdal, but it comes as Minnesota officials debate spending for rail crossings.
Minnesota's first marijuana crop now in bloom, set for July 1 sale

Minnesota's first marijuana crop now in bloom, set for July 1 sale

Medical marijuana firms say they’re on track as legalization nears
Tensions rise over Red River flood control project

Tensions rise over Red River flood control project

People are unhappy on both sides of the river over plans for a $2B flood control project not yet approved by Minnesota.
South Dakota ready to roll out presidential hospitality

South Dakota ready to roll out presidential hospitality

South Dakota is the only state President Obama hasn’t visited since taking office. But to residents, that just means the president was saving the best for last.

Minnesota approves labs to test state's medical marijuana

Goal is to ensure the state’s cannabis supply is accurately labeled and free of contaminants.
Fight over, 'pot mom' now plans to leave Minnesota

Fight over, 'pot mom' now plans to leave Minnesota

Charges made Browns the “face of medicinal cannabis.”
Marijuana activists light up and rally for legalization at State Capitol

Marijuana activists light up and rally for legalization at State Capitol

Hundreds turned out to “Yes We Cannabis” rally to support legalization of recreational pot.
In wake of oil slump, North Dakotans adjust expectations

In wake of oil slump, North Dakotans adjust expectations

The crash in oil prices hasn’t turned Boomtown, U.S.A., into a bust, but life has changed.

Minn. 'pot mom' cuts deal to avoid trial; charges dropped for giving sick son medical marijuana

Angela Brown agrees to plea that will drop the child endangerment charges.
Faribault welcomes its winners amid controversy

Faribault welcomes its winners amid controversy

The school held a pep rally to honor a team engulfed in controversy and school officials were celebrating the dance team’s victory during a high school basketball game later in the evening.
Montevideo girl, 8, in medical marijuana debate dies

Montevideo girl, 8, in medical marijuana debate dies

Katelyn Pauling and her family traveled to St. Paul and made their presence known as the state moved toward legalizing medical cannabis. Her father is on the state task force.
Housing shortage burdens workers, employers, state

Housing shortage burdens workers, employers, state

The workforce housing shortage stretches across Minnesota, where many employers kept hiring even through the recession. Now that the economy is picking up, employers are ready to expand — if their hometowns are.

North Dakota again cut oil tax revenue forecasts — this time by $1 billion

When the price of oil dropped by half, North Dakota cut its budget in half. But even that grim forecast may have been off by…
The Iceman's sculpture goeth

The Iceman's sculpture goeth

The Lake Superior Ice Project came tumbling down again this week, this time on purpose, and this time for good.A Minnesota sculptor worked for months…
Brazilian 'maiden' spent years aiding fugitive cult leader Victor Barnard

Brazilian 'maiden' spent years aiding fugitive cult leader Victor Barnard

Victor Barnard, through his Brazilian attorney, says he’s innocent of abusing girls.
Extraditing fugitive cult leader Victor Barnard to MN could take years

Extraditing fugitive cult leader Victor Barnard to MN could take years

Getting Victor Barnard extradited could take years, Pine County officials say.
Minn. cult leader Victor Barnard hid out in Brazil

Minn. cult leader Victor Barnard hid out in Brazil

Barnard to return to Minnesota on sex-crime charges. Woman was arrested, released.
Fugitive Minnesota cult head captured in Brazil beach lair

Fugitive Minnesota cult head captured in Brazil beach lair

A Minnesota cult leader who has been the subject of a global manhunt was arrested Saturday in Brazil, according to Brazilian media reports. Victor A. Barnard, 53, faces 59 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a flock of young "Maidens" as part of a camp in Pine County.
Obituary: Poet Lucille Broderson began a three-decade writing career in her 60s

Obituary: Poet Lucille Broderson began a three-decade writing career in her 60s

At an age when some careers and dreams start winding down, Lucille Broderson took up a pen and found her voice. Broderson, “a poet of…
1,000 Minnesota patients interested in medical marijuana

1,000 Minnesota patients interested in medical marijuana

State survey offers first look at cannabis program.
Bemidji, Bangor battle for Bunyan and Babe bragging rights

Bemidji, Bangor battle for Bunyan and Babe bragging rights

For decades, the Minnesota and Maine communities have hosted rival Paul Bunyan statues and made dueling claims to be the birthplace of American folklore’s largest lumberjack. Now, Bangor wants to close the Babe gap.

Prior Lake High student dies in crash; two others badly hurt

A vehicle the 14-year-old was riding in hit a tree.
Propane policies make for hot debate at Legislature

Propane policies make for hot debate at Legislature

Legislators propose ways to ensure low-cost fuel; others say they’re not needed

Moorhead police: Car sought in North Dakota State student's slaying isn't connected to case

The car Moorhead police were seeking in connection to the Thomas Bearson homicide has been found, but does not appear to have any connection to…
Search for NDSU student's killer continues as police seek public's help

Search for NDSU student's killer continues as police seek public's help

Moorhead police are searching for a vehicle spotted in the area where Thomas Bearson’s body was found last September.
Red Lake Band debates starting cannabis business

Red Lake Band debates starting cannabis business

The Red Lake Band of Chippewa announced in January that it will study the idea legalizing medical marijuana and industrial hemp on the reservation north of Bemidji.

Minn. state Sen. Tomassoni gives up outside job after conflict questions raised

The state campaign finance board said there was no conflict of interest, but criticism had become a “distraction,” Tomassoni said.
Minnesota artist vows to rebuild record-breaking ice sculpture

Minnesota artist vows to rebuild record-breaking ice sculpture

A day after his record-breaking ice sculpture collapsed, a Minnesota artist vows to rebuild.The city of Superior, Wis., meanwhile, plans to party on.The Superior Ice…
Ice fall: Wisconsin's attempt at a record-breaking ice sculpture comes crashing down

Ice fall: Wisconsin's attempt at a record-breaking ice sculpture comes crashing down

What was supposed to be the world’s largest ice sculpture is now the world’s biggest pile of icy rubble.Hopes for a record-breaking ice spectacle in…
'Justice for Draco' protesters rally against Minn. man who taped dog killing

'Justice for Draco' protesters rally against Minn. man who taped dog killing

Anthony Sather is accused of taping himself torturing and killing girlfriend’s dog
Plummeting oil prices cut North Dakota revenue forecast

Plummeting oil prices cut North Dakota revenue forecast

As oil prices drop, North Dakota revises its revenue forecast downward by $4 billion.
Protesters rally against Minn. man who taped dog killing

Protesters rally against Minn. man who taped dog killing

Protest lasted longer than the hearing for man accused of videotaping dog killing.

New Duluth airport terminal will bear the name of late Congressman Jim Oberstar

Duluth International Airport will name its gleaming new airport terminal after the man who helped build it: the late U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar.The decision settles…
Aug. 19: 'Killer Hall': Interior secretary tours crumbling tribal school

Aug. 19: 'Killer Hall': Interior secretary tours crumbling tribal school

“Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig school is not serving its students’ needs,” said Secretary Sally Jewell, whose department oversees the Indian education bureau.
Inside an abortion clinic: Private choices in public debate

Inside an abortion clinic: Private choices in public debate

The Whole Woman’s Health clinic in downtown Minneapolis, which performs about one-third of the state’s abortions, opened its doors in the hope of demystifying a procedure that remains an emotional and political minefield.
Are hard times ahead for North Dakota oil fields?

Are hard times ahead for North Dakota oil fields?

North Dakota watches warily as oil prices drop and rigs are shuttered.
Jim Oberstar, 79: All roads (and bridges and bike trails) led to home

Jim Oberstar, 79: All roads (and bridges and bike trails) led to home

He represented northeastern Minnesota in Congress for 36 years, steering millions of dollars back home to build everything from roads and bridges to sidewalks and bike trails.
Joan Mondale, 83: Her potter's hands shaped our world

Joan Mondale, 83: Her potter's hands shaped our world

Arts patron, second lady of the United States, charming campaigner, devoted mother. But when it came time to write her obituary, the first word her family chose was “potter.”
Cold cash will be needed to see Apostle Island ice caves

Cold cash will be needed to see Apostle Island ice caves

Visitors 16 and older to be charged $5 admission fee.

Minnesota mom fights charge she endangered her son with medical marijuana

MADISON, Minn. – Minnesota mother Angela Brown, who gave her son an illegal drug that will be legal by this time next year, appeared…

Minnesota mom heads back to court on charges of giving son medical marijuana

Charges over use of medical marijuana for son stir anger.
Gaps in medical marijuana map worry outstate patients

Gaps in medical marijuana map worry outstate patients

Minnesota’s eight medical marijuana centers won’t be conveniently located for many outside the Twin Cities.
Obituary: Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker fought floods and built up city

Obituary: Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker fought floods and built up city

Dennis Walaker, the flood mayor of Fargo, was a larger-than-life folk hero with a booming laugh and an abiding devotion to the town he helped…
Holy cow: Stray herd forces downtown roundup in Red Wing

Holy cow: Stray herd forces downtown roundup in Red Wing

Wandering dairy cows corralled by cops after escaping trailer, then hoofing it downtown.
Minnesotans steer canoe and BWCA petition 2,000 miles to Washington, D.C.

Minnesotans steer canoe and BWCA petition 2,000 miles to Washington, D.C.

They carry a message of opposition to a proposed mine.
New medical pot makers will operate in Cottage Grove, Otsego

New medical pot makers will operate in Cottage Grove, Otsego

The two registered manufacturers named Monday by the state will be responsible for growing, processing and distributing medical marijuana products as part of Minnesota's new program.
Nov. 27: Anticipation, anxiety as state prepares for next medical marijuana step

Nov. 27: Anticipation, anxiety as state prepares for next medical marijuana step

The state will reveal two suppliers on Monday.
'Bigotry' on Facebook costs Big Stone GOP chairman his day job

'Bigotry' on Facebook costs Big Stone GOP chairman his day job

Jack Whitley had called Muslims “terrorists” and “parasites,” and urged someone to “frag ‘em.”
Big Stone County GOP chairman: Muslims are terrorists, we should 'frag 'em'

Big Stone County GOP chairman: Muslims are terrorists, we should 'frag 'em'

Big Stone County Republican Party chairman says Muslims have lost the “constitutional right to practice your freedom of religion”; need to repent and accept Jesus
MnDOT may build state's highest bridge to replace highway

MnDOT may build state's highest bridge to replace highway

The proposed reroute for Hwy. 53 would cost an estimated $220 million, but would preserve a highway that’s a lifeline for Iron Range towns of Virginia, Eveleth, Gilbert and Mountain Iron.
Several Minnesota towns vote to lift Sunday restrictions on bars

Several Minnesota towns vote to lift Sunday restrictions on bars

Cities such as Maynard voted to open the game-day taps at sports bars and taverns.
Luck of the draw breaks tie vote in Cook County

Luck of the draw breaks tie vote in Cook County

In Minnesota, if the voters can’t pick a winner, state law leaves it up to blind chance. So Monday morning, the two candidates in Cook squared off in front of a cloth bag that held two plastic board game pieces, one red and one blue. The candidate who drew the red piece would be the new county commissioner.
Peterson, Nolan beat back GOP congressional challengers

Peterson, Nolan beat back GOP congressional challengers

The two Democrats faced strong and well-financed Republican opponents.

Dayton is mum for now on expanding medical pot program

All other gubernatorial candidates support medical expansion.
'Maidens' cult case shadows Pine County attorney's race

'Maidens' cult case shadows Pine County attorney's race

The two-year wait to press charges against the disgraced pastor has candidates for county attorney debating issues.

'Ides of October' threat alarms University of Wisconsin-River Falls

The usual tension of midterm exams at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls was heightened by an anonymous threat of campus violence on Wednesday.“Beware the…
Iron Range mine expansion to swallow highway stretch

Iron Range mine expansion to swallow highway stretch

MnDOT and residents face hard choices as mine presses to dig into ore deposits under Hwy. 53.
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