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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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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.
DNR researchers want to count squirrels. But they'll have to catch them first

DNR researchers want to count squirrels. But they'll have to catch them first

The DNR wants to count squirrels, but it has to catch them first.

Minnesota medical marijuana company petitions Google to accept its ads

Minnesota company is petitioning search engine giant to accept ads.
Bloomington welcomes medical marijuana clinic

Bloomington welcomes medical marijuana clinic

It will be the state's fourth dispensary, and four more must open by July 1.
On the Iron Range, prolonged downturn is taking its toll

On the Iron Range, prolonged downturn is taking its toll

More than a year since the first layoff notices went out across the Range, the job losses have cut across the region like a riptide.
April 7: Comic Ralphie May apologizes, but Bemidji show still canceled

April 7: Comic Ralphie May apologizes, but Bemidji show still canceled

Ralphie May appearance canceled, refunds offered.
Bemidji cancels gig by shock comic Ralphie May after insults of Indians

Bemidji cancels gig by shock comic Ralphie May after insults of Indians

Shock comic's profane rant caught on YouTube sparked intense outrage on social media.

Minnesota lawmakers propose changes to medical marijuana law

Proposed change to program would include more IBD sufferers.
Brazil to extradite accused cult leader Barnard to Minnesota

Brazil to extradite accused cult leader Barnard to Minnesota

Victor Barnard is accused of sexually abusing young girls in his congregation in Pine County, before fleeing to Brazil.
Veteran Affairs secretary tours troubled Minnesota facilities

Veteran Affairs secretary tours troubled Minnesota facilities

Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald is in Minnesota on a morale-boosting trip to embattled facilities in St. Paul and St. Cloud. “We have and must…
Google says no ads for 'dangerous' medical pot, blocking Minn. company

Google says no ads for 'dangerous' medical pot, blocking Minn. company

Google says no ads for medical pot because it's "dangerous."
Minnesota rushes to carve new path for Iron Range highway

Minnesota rushes to carve new path for Iron Range highway

The state scrambles to carve a new path for an Iron Range highway.
For Iron Range families, new year brings sliver of hope

For Iron Range families, new year brings sliver of hope

"The last thing an Iron Ranger wants is to ask for help." But the Iron Range is asking now. When the Legislature returns to work, extending a helping hand to the Iron Range is expected to be at the top of its agenda.
CEO of Minnesota medical marijuana firm LeafLine Labs steps down

CEO of Minnesota medical marijuana firm LeafLine Labs steps down

Manny Munson-Regala has stepped down less than a year after he took the job.
Obituary: Sister Anne Condon, 102, led life of prayer, joy and adventure

Obituary: Sister Anne Condon, 102, led life of prayer, joy and adventure

Sister Anne Condon lived much of her long, joyful, prayerful life apart from the world. But the cloistered nun saw more of the world, and…
Small doses of hope in early days of medical pot in Minnesota

Small doses of hope in early days of medical pot in Minnesota

The first months of medical marijuana in Minnesota have seen quiet success stories but also questions of cost and access.

Meeker County deputy allegedly stole drugs, toys, charges say

Deputy Travis Sebring faces multiple felony and misdemeanor counts.
Minnesota's ice fishing season gets off to a late start

Minnesota's ice fishing season gets off to a late start

Ice fishing enthusiasts edge back onto the lakes after the slowest start that most people remember.
For those who survive mass shootings, the trauma persists

For those who survive mass shootings, the trauma persists

In the aftermath, much of the focus is on those who died. But for the survivors, the grief and horror endure.
Survey: Some Minnesota doctors remain leery of medical marijuana

Survey: Some Minnesota doctors remain leery of medical marijuana

Most tell task force they don't enough about it.
DNR: No charges from deer herding allegation near Dr. Palmer's land

DNR: No charges from deer herding allegation near Dr. Palmer's land

The agency said witnesses couldn't ID who might have been involved and that Palmer and others associated with the land chose not to assist the DNR.
Patients celebrate first months of Minnesota's medical marijuana program

Patients celebrate first months of Minnesota's medical marijuana program

They say price is worth it for relief they've gotten from the drug.

Man's bells hit sour note in Morris, Minn.

For years, chimes rang out across this small college town, tolling the hour and playing hymns and patriotic songs at funerals. Now the Navy vet who set them up will move them to Arizona.
Human Rights Campaign ranks Minnesota's largest cities by their LGBT policies

Human Rights Campaign ranks Minnesota's largest cities by their LGBT policies

St. Paul and Mpls. get perfect scores; other cities beat the national average
World's lakes are warming up, even Superior, scientists warn

World's lakes are warming up, even Superior, scientists warn

One expert says the thick sheets of ice that blanketed Lake Superior for the past two winters did nothing to change the fact that it, too, is growing ever warmer.
Minnesota's medical pot firms tout new, potent strains

Minnesota's medical pot firms tout new, potent strains

Plants that are richer in key compound could be better for patients, less expensive.
Hundreds of nativity sets spring up in Wadena after legal challenge

Hundreds of nativity sets spring up in Wadena after legal challenge

When town scene was forced to move out of city park, residents responded.
Minn. to allow pain patients to use medical marijuana

Minn. to allow pain patients to use medical marijuana

State health commissioner said that intractable pain will be added to the shortlist of conditions that allow Minnesotans to legally use medical marijuana.
On boom-or-bust Iron Range, this downturn feels different

On boom-or-bust Iron Range, this downturn feels different

With 2,000 miners facing layoffs as rest of state rebounds, the Range is slumping again.
Hospitals re-examining security after St. Cloud shooting

Hospitals re-examining security after St. Cloud shooting

Hospital officials say the number of nurses and aides injured by patients or visitors spiked last year.
While Wisconsin debates hunting rights bill, Minnesota quietly hands out tickets

While Wisconsin debates hunting rights bill, Minnesota quietly hands out tickets

The right to fish and hunt is protected, and harassment can end in a fine.
Obituary: Soil scientist Kermit Larson helped feed the world

Obituary: Soil scientist Kermit Larson helped feed the world

Kermit Larson helped feed the world.For eight years, the soil scientist with the bright smile and the kind eyes traveled the fields of India and…
Minnesota pain patients plead case for expansion of cannabis program

Minnesota pain patients plead case for expansion of cannabis program

Health commissioner will decide by year's end whether to expand cannabis program.
Report blasts St. Cloud hospital in death of deputy killed by patient

Report blasts St. Cloud hospital in death of deputy killed by patient

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said that the raving, hallucinating, suicidal patient didn't get proper psychiatric care.

Health chief seeks added input on pain, medical marijuana

Health Commissioner Ed Ehlinger is giving the public more time, and more opportunities, to weigh in before he decides whether to expand Minnesota’s medical marijuana…
Panel opposes opening Minnesota's medical marijuana program to intractable pain patients

Panel opposes opening Minnesota's medical marijuana program to intractable pain patients

A state panel that spent months studying whether to expand Minnesota’s medical marijuana program to pain patients came out in opposition to the idea Wednesday.…
No easy answers for state task force studying pain and pot

No easy answers for state task force studying pain and pot

Task force members will make a recommendation next week.
3,000 people pour into tiny Aitkin to bury slain deputy

3,000 people pour into tiny Aitkin to bury slain deputy

Family members, neighbors and about 2,000 law enforcement officers from across North America gathered Friday to honor Deputy Steven M. Sandberg.
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