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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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Historic Hibbing school auditorium to get a remake

Historic Hibbing school auditorium to get a remake

Hibbing High School prepares to renovate its storied stage

Klobuchar, Emmer team up to fight proposed cuts to humanitarian aid

Fighting a catastrophic famine in the Horn of Africa is a "nonpartisan" issue, they say.
Gators, goldfish show how Minn. struggles to keep pets out of ponds

Gators, goldfish show how Minn. struggles to keep pets out of ponds

The involuntary invaders are crowding Minnesota lakes, dumped there by negligent owners.

Woman, children report seeing an alligator roaming Rochester

But a 45-minute search by police netted no reptile.
20 years later: Grand Forks reshaped by Red River flood

20 years later: Grand Forks reshaped by Red River flood

Even as the 20th anniversary of the Great Flood approaches, few in Grand Forks care to look back. When they do, they recall the fear, the heartbreak and hard work.
Oh my Darling: Search for church arsonist continues

Oh my Darling: Search for church arsonist continues

The little white church was a community's last link to the past.
Super Bowl hosts share the wealth statewide

Super Bowl hosts share the wealth statewide

Worthington is the latest town to win a grant from the legacy fund
Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner plans to retire in April

Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner plans to retire in April

Sheriff's long career was shadowed by the 27-year search for 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling.
David O'Connor, decorated veteran and beloved teacher, dies at 92

David O'Connor, decorated veteran and beloved teacher, dies at 92

David O’Connor had one last medal pinned to his chest near the end of his life. One final honor for a man who served on…
Pierre the Voyageur in Two Harbors disarmed by windstorm

Pierre the Voyageur in Two Harbors disarmed by windstorm

The towering statue in Two Harbors, Minn., lost its entire right forearm to high winds that raked the Lake Superior shoreline on Tuesday. The same storm spawned early tornadoes, downed trees and knocked out power to thousands of people across the state.
Scientists think they've solved the mystery of Devil's Kettle Falls

Scientists think they've solved the mystery of Devil's Kettle Falls

Half of the Brule River vanishes into a hole in the ground. Now scientists think they've figured out where the water went.
Minnesota city of immigrants braces for raids, deportations

Minnesota city of immigrants braces for raids, deportations

In Worthington, some families are "living in fear" while others applaud an emphasis on stepped-up enforcement of immigration rules.
Warm weather is melting winter economy in Minn., Wis. towns

Warm weather is melting winter economy in Minn., Wis. towns

Small-town festivals and ski races across the region are in danger of being curtailed or canceled, jeopardizing needed tourism dollars.
Iron Range residents look to Trump to 'get something done'

Iron Range residents look to Trump to 'get something done'

Amid the protests and legal battles early in the Trump administration, his northern Minnesota supporters hope he'll honor his promise to make America's steel industry great again.
Flood forecasters keeping watch over the Red River

Flood forecasters keeping watch over the Red River

After several dry springs, the Red could be due for another flood.
Former 'maiden' sues elders of cultlike Pine Co. church over sexual abuse

Former 'maiden' sues elders of cultlike Pine Co. church over sexual abuse

Victor Barnard, now in prison, held sway over 'maidens.'
N.D. bill would protect drivers going through Standing Rock protests

N.D. bill would protect drivers going through Standing Rock protests

Legislation is a response to Standing Rock rallies near Dakota Access Pipeline.
It's a dirty job: Tracking Minnesota's elusive lynx

It's a dirty job: Tracking Minnesota's elusive lynx

Missing cat? Not while wildlife biologists are on the trail, carefully collecting the traces they leave behind.

Minn. abortion debate fires up with call to defund Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood clinics in Minnesota could lose $13 million from Medicaid.

Former suspect in Cold Spring police death sues Stearns County

Ryan Larson, who was arrested, then cleared in the November 2012 slaying of Cold Spring police officer Tom Decker, has sued Stearns County law enforcement,…
Cookbook from tiny town of Huntley warms hearts and ovens

Cookbook from tiny town of Huntley warms hearts and ovens

Huntley recipe collection offers big serving of nostalgia
Woodbury man to buy, raze house belonging to Jacob's killer

Woodbury man to buy, raze house belonging to Jacob's killer

Developer Tim Thone said he plans to tear down Danny Heinrich's home as a Christmas present.
One more foe for those who are fighting Dakota Access oil pipeline

One more foe for those who are fighting Dakota Access oil pipeline

As a blizzard pummels the North Dakota prairie, some depart and others dig in.
Amid jubilation, N.D. pipeline protesters still wary of future

Amid jubilation, N.D. pipeline protesters still wary of future

Pipeline company called the Corps' move "purely political" and expressed confidence that project will go forward under Trump.
Standing Rock protesters celebrate Army Corps move

Standing Rock protesters celebrate Army Corps move

Opponents, joined by several thousand veterans, celebrated a victory after the feds pushed pause on the final Dakota Access link. North Dakota's governor called move "a serious mistake."
Curious crowds drawn to crumbling Nopeming Sanatorium near Duluth

Curious crowds drawn to crumbling Nopeming Sanatorium near Duluth

Ghost hunters, history buffs visit facility that once held TB patients.
Officials prepare to sort, release 'Wetterling Room' evidence to public

Officials prepare to sort, release 'Wetterling Room' evidence to public

Authorities prepare to release 30 years' worth of gathered evidence to the public.
Minnesota women left shell-shocked

Minnesota women left shell-shocked

The mood went from celebratory to somber as the night wore on.
Pain patients make up half of marijuana program

Pain patients make up half of marijuana program

Despite influx of new enrollees, Minnesota's medical cannabis firms continue to struggle.
What a world, what a world: Ruby slippers still missing from Minnesota's Judy Garland Museum

What a world, what a world: Ruby slippers still missing from Minnesota's Judy Garland Museum

In D.C., the Smithsonian is seeking $300K to repair their famed ruby pair.

Minn. town wonders who among them is alleged killer in supposedly solved cold case

The town of Magnolia is waiting to learn which of its 200 residents is a suspect in a 25-year-old Pennsylvania killing.
Cleanup isn't over yet after Minnesota's summer of strong storms

Cleanup isn't over yet after Minnesota's summer of strong storms

State has steered almost $10 million in disaster aid to 22 counties.
Accused cult leader Barnard gets 30 years

Accused cult leader Barnard gets 30 years

Accused Minnesota cult leader Victor Barnard pleaded guilty to sexual assault Tuesday in Pine County and will serve 30 years in prison, under the terms of a plea agreement. The former target of an international manhunt was accused of raping young girls in his congregation.
Minnesota, North Dakota at a standoff over $2 billion Red River project

Minnesota, North Dakota at a standoff over $2 billion Red River project

Minnesota's opposition limits North Dakota's options.
St. Cloud mall attacker before stabbings: 'You won't be seeing me again'

St. Cloud mall attacker before stabbings: 'You won't be seeing me again'

The off-duty police officer who shot and killed a man who stabbed 10 people last month at a St. Cloud mall was justified in shooting the man, who may have been inspired by Islamic terror groups, authorities said Thursday.
St. Cloud officials to release more details from mall stabbing investigation

St. Cloud officials to release more details from mall stabbing investigation

Local and federal authorities plan to discuss the investigation into the Sept. 17 attack at the Crossroads Center mall.
Isaac Kolstad sues 2 attackers, Mankato bars over injuries

Isaac Kolstad sues 2 attackers, Mankato bars over injuries

The former football player suffered a traumatic brain injury after an altercation outside a Mankato bar in 2014.
11 candles lit as thousands join Wetterlings to remember Jacob

11 candles lit as thousands join Wetterlings to remember Jacob

The community that linked arms nearly 27 years ago to search for the sandy-haired boy who was snatched at gunpoint by a masked man came together Sunday morning to celebrate his life, console his family and say goodbye.
Wetterling family invites community to Jacob's memorial service

Wetterling family invites community to Jacob's memorial service

The Wetterling family has finalized plans to lay 11-year-old Jacob to rest. Jacob, who was kidnapped and murdered 27 years ago, will be remembered at…
St. Cloud crowd rallies after mall stabbings as a show of unity

St. Cloud crowd rallies after mall stabbings as a show of unity

As FBI takes over investigation, the rally at St. Cloud State seeks to show the city's tolerance of diversity.
Family, friends stunned by Dahir Adan's attack in St. Cloud mall

Family, friends stunned by Dahir Adan's attack in St. Cloud mall

St. Cloud investigation finding no terror ties in mall attack. Suspect's family calls for unity.
Dayton warns that Minnesota might not support $2B flood diversion for Fargo

Dayton warns that Minnesota might not support $2B flood diversion for Fargo

Dayton scolds diversion supporters for rushing the flood project
Casinos are boost to Minnesota economy, new tribal report says

Casinos are boost to Minnesota economy, new tribal report says

While the state doesn't get a cut of the profits, the Minnesota Indian Gaming Association says the whole state has cashed in the past 25 years.
The final push to finding Jacob

The final push to finding Jacob

Blogger's quest and DNA clue reversed nearly three decades of false starts, missed opportunities, bad tips and dead ends.
Unsealed documents detail search for Jacob Wetterling

Unsealed documents detail search for Jacob Wetterling

One neighbor weathered years of suspicion and searches after the boy was abducted in front of his house.
Heinrich confesses to abducting, killing Jacob Wetterling that day

Heinrich confesses to abducting, killing Jacob Wetterling that day

After Danny Heinrich's detailed, horrifying courtroom confession on how he kidnapped and killed Jacob, Patty Wetterling said, "It's incredibly painful to know his last days, his last minutes."
Pain patients are flooding into Minnesota's medical marijuana program

Pain patients are flooding into Minnesota's medical marijuana program

State's tightly controlled program has seen high costs and low enrollment. Pain patients might turn the tide.
Paynesville is reeling as search for answers is just beginning

Paynesville is reeling as search for answers is just beginning

As residents tried to make sense of the news, they wished that it might offer some closure to Jacob Wetterling's parents, Patty and Jerry, with whom they've worried and hoped for years.
Jacob Wetterling's remains found on a farm

Jacob Wetterling's remains found on a farm

Danny Heinrich, a suspect in Jacob's disappearance 27 years ago, provided authorities with information about the location.
Corn mazes, hayrides and Oktoberfests kick state's fall tourism into high gear

Corn mazes, hayrides and Oktoberfests kick state's fall tourism into high gear

Fall tourism season is about to swing into high gear.
Miles of footlongs, tons of manure and other State Fair yardsticks

Miles of footlongs, tons of manure and other State Fair yardsticks

We fairgoers go through a staggering amount of cookies, milk, hot dogs and other comestibles. And those animals really pile up the pies, too.
In Minnesota, 'We can all use a little State Fair right now'

In Minnesota, 'We can all use a little State Fair right now'

Opening day is Thursday, offering the state some respite-on-a-stick. The fair is a nostalgic retreat to a place where butter is sculpted, livestock is within easy patting range, and all-the-milk-you-can-drink is a legitimate beverage choice.
State Fair to tighten security at gates, around grounds this year

State Fair to tighten security at gates, around grounds this year

Virtually everything will be searched at the fair's 11 gates. The Great Minnesota Get-Together starts Aug. 25 and runs through Labor Day.
Powerful storms keep pummeling Minnesota

Powerful storms keep pummeling Minnesota

Security and emergency teams head out once again to assess the damage.
Blue Ox down: Morning storm sweeps Babe off his feet in Brainerd

Blue Ox down: Morning storm sweeps Babe off his feet in Brainerd

Heavy rains brought flooding and power outages to the metro while a mighty wind gust knocked over the Babe the Blue Ox statue in Brainerd.

Alexandria residents await answers in officer-involved shooting death

Name of victim, officers still not released in shooting by agents in Alexandria, Minn.
Minn. opening med marijuana program to those in chronic pain

Minn. opening med marijuana program to those in chronic pain

Enrollment spiked in July after the pain patients were admitted to state program ahead of Monday's expansion.
Storm-tossed Minnesota weathers a wild summer

Storm-tossed Minnesota weathers a wild summer

Floods, tornadoes and scorching heat have battered the state
Water level dropping near threatened Minn. dam, Pine County Sheriff's Office says

Water level dropping near threatened Minn. dam, Pine County Sheriff's Office says

Gov. Dayton visited towns hit by tornadoes, said it's a 'miracle' no one was hurt.
'Worst feeling in the world' after tornadoes ravage central Minn. towns

'Worst feeling in the world' after tornadoes ravage central Minn. towns

As small towns from the Brainerd Lakes area to Bayfield, Wis., braced for high water, homeowners and survey crews in the towns of Litchfield and Watkins began to take stock of the damage.
A year after devastating storm, Minnesota's lake country rebounds

A year after devastating storm, Minnesota's lake country rebounds

A multimillion dollar cleanup repaired resorts and communities.
For some cannabis patients, what a difference a year makes

For some cannabis patients, what a difference a year makes

Minnesota's program got off to a slow start, but will open its doors to pain patients next month.

DNR OKs review of Red River flood project

Minnesota finishes environmental review of big flood-control project on N.D. border.
In honoring Paul Bunyan Day, no one stands taller than Minnesota

In honoring Paul Bunyan Day, no one stands taller than Minnesota

Tuesday was an opportunity for Minnesotans to celebrate the legendary lumberjack's birthday and to reflect on how wrong the entire state of Maine is about where he was born.
Appeals court ruling bottles up part of Fargo flood project

Appeals court ruling bottles up part of Fargo flood project

Court halts work on ring levee until Minnesota agrees to build dam
$1.5M bail set for cult leader Victor Barnard in Pine Co. court hearing

$1.5M bail set for cult leader Victor Barnard in Pine Co. court hearing

Barnard didn't make bail, faces 59 sex-abuse counts.
Medical marijuana clinics open across Minnesota

Medical marijuana clinics open across Minnesota

Companies rush to meet July 1 deadline to open eight storefronts.
Minnesota back in the hemp business

Minnesota back in the hemp business

Hemp was a booming cash crop in Minnesota before the federal government banned hemp production in 1957, and the plant still grows wild all around the state.
Full Monte: Montevideo, Minn., gets a star turn in Uruguayan TV spot

Full Monte: Montevideo, Minn., gets a star turn in Uruguayan TV spot

New commercial spins the tale of a young South American who finds himself in the wrong Montevideo.

Ex-UMD administrator sues, alleging retaliation over standing up for coaches

The former director of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender services at the University of Minnesota Duluth is suing, saying the school retaliated against her for…
Patients surveyed say medical marijuana works for them

Patients surveyed say medical marijuana works for them

Almost all those enrolled in Minnesota's medical marijuana program say the treatment helps — if they can afford it.

Watershed cuts ties with Fargo flood plan

Supporters say the $2 billion project is going ahead with or without Buffalo-Red District.

Advocates call for paid sick leave in Duluth

Nearly half who work in the city lack the benefit; cost concerns are raised.
Hard times on the Range: Class of 2016 survives school of hard knocks

Hard times on the Range: Class of 2016 survives school of hard knocks

EVELETH – The steel industry was still booming when Logan Rozinka's brother graduated from high school. He got a car as a graduation present.…

DNR has concerns over flood diversion

Proposed project would keep Fargo dry by sending water into Minnesota.
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