Recent content from Jennifer Brooks
The four newest members of the Dubra family crowded around the screen, waiting for the judge to make it official. “All right, everyone. I’m…
Minnesota counted at least 308 homeless veterans on Veterans Day 2020, 100 more than last year.
A Delaware tradition offers a template for the rest of us in times when we agree on very little.
Lots of issues split along partisan lines — blue against red, liberal against conservative, us against them — but not marijuana. Never marijuana.
At the Como Park Zoo, someone is piloting a remote-controlled shark around a tank for no other reason than to make a penguin happy.
In a democracy, they say, the people end up with the government they deserve. Minnesotans worked hard this year to get out the…
Minneapolis Police Deputy Chief Art Knight gave half a quote to the paper the other week.He was talking about a defunct diversity program that used…
Last October, an irregular heartbeat sent Tyler Moon into cardiac arrest near the 8-mile marker of a 10-mile race in the middle of Summit Avenue.
The new Survivors Memorial, at Boom Island Park, is a reminder that survivors surround us, like veterans of some forgotten war.
Each response is an affirmation: We're here, our children are here, we count.
It was the fifth special session of the pandemic and some Minnesota lawmakers still hadn’t figured out masks. Some wore their masks slung uselessly
"He's scared. I don't want my son to die." Those words, from John Carlos' mother about her incarcerated son, stretched across a billboard in Faribault.
If you've ever wondered whether the few bucks you chip in to a good cause make a difference, here's your answer.
Getting sick and getting hospitalized is the harshest possible way to find out how wrong you were.
Six months into the pandemic and six weeks out from the election, we're all adapting, especially those who count votes.
It’s been six months since Mark Graves had to tell anyone to stop running in the halls. And he cannot wait to do it…
In the summer of 2020, as Minnesota burned and its people suffered and died in a pandemic, a Twin Cities doctor turned to Minnie and Paul again as a source of unity.
More than 70,000 people donated more than $10 million to the effort to rebuild. Now what businesses really need, says the Lake Street Council, is to see people walk in.
State Fair seed art champion Jill Moe offers a beginner's guide to making your crop art masterpiece.
Missing your State Fair souvenirs? Make your own "Blue Ox, Blue Ribbon" keepsake with official Star Tribune felt ornamentalist, Jennifer Brooks.
Sometimes the smallest things help us through the hardest times. Oliver Bruce O’Brien weighed 8 pounds. He had bright button eyes, a sweet fuzzy…
For most school districts, this entire year offered two equally bad choices.
A State Fair master guides us through the sculpting process using a one-pound butter brick you can find at most grocery stores.
It has been 95 days since George Floyd died and all that's changed is that we're angrier at each other.
Government agencies, nonprofits and activists are trying — sometime collaborating, sometimes clashing — as they respond.
Every once in a while, Minnesota postal workers get a reminder that the U.S. Postal Service is still America's favorite federal agency.
One Lark staffer, a former preschool teacher, likes to compliment the masked children she meets. Maybe that's something we all need to hear.
We’ve counted almost three out of every four Minnesotans, give or take. It’s three out of four if you’re filling out the 2020 census…
Half a million Minnesotans have requested absentee ballots already. That's half a million people who won't have to wait in line on Aug. 11.
This isn’t who we are, we told ourselves when the neighbors went shopping with swastikas wrapped around their heads. Shoppers howled through their Nazi…
For everything the summer of 2020 took from us, there are people working to give us something back. Like Zoom calls with goats.
Maybe there will be protests. But it's hard to argue that this is a radical policy leap when Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana and Ohio did it first.
Murray County Central is one of the few districts willing to take a hard look at its mascot.
Farmers are hoping a trip to the market is one sweet summer treat Minnesotans can still savor.
Judeah Reynolds, age 9, is going to tell her own story. The story of what happened that day she walked to the store, and in the days that followed.
When the pandemic closed the conservatory doors, the gardeners opened a window.Through the cold, gray spring, as the virus spread and Minnesota shut down, people…
They’ll be racing again at the Elko Speedway this Fourth of July. Fast cars, fireworks, a responsibly sized crowd, and not a Confederate flag in…
They don’t have enough masks. They don’t have enough gowns. They don’t have enough help. But at Open Cities Health Center, they use what…
If you listen to just one side of history over and over, you can miss the most important parts and the most interesting people.
Brooks: Minnesota civil rights leaders reflect on the power of the streets and the long road to justice
Josie Johnson had always felt a bit of hope. She stayed hopeful as a teenager in Texas, gathering signatures on a petition to end…
With all the heartbreak and havoc, the Sanctuary Hotel was a bright spot, an uplifting story of a community taking care of its own. And then it was gone.
They know what happened to George Floyd, as well as to too many black men and women before him.
The neighborhood’s last grocery store, encircled by National Guard troops and vehicles, was open for business. “They protect everything,” said Hamza Wadi, taking a break…
Who the rioters are is less important than who we are.
A mural of George Floyd in south Minneapolis is an act of creation in the middle of so much destruction.
Something's not right in Minnesota, land of some of the worst racial disparities in America.
For some families, a global pandemic barely registers as a traumatic event compared with everything else they've survived.
Minnesota's Catholic conference and the conservative Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod are promising every precaution. That might not be enough.
The pandemic threatens our lives and our livelihoods. But for everything the virus takes, there are people who find ways to give back.
For thousands of Minnesotans with hearing loss, the masks we've come to rely on are a barrier to communication.
A small group of students from the University of Minnesota just invented a new Class 1 medical device and got it into production. It took them two weeks.
This is the price some pay to protect the rest of us.
Among the signs: It falls to the lawmakers themselves to fill in as chaplain and open each session with a few good words in these bad times.
The 50th reunion might not happen until the 51st, but Macalester's Class of 1970 is more worried about the Class of 2020.
Rather than take medical supplies the hospitals need, the nurses hit the hardware store.
Most of us would drive by Debra Pedro's place — the Maplewood Perkins — without realizing it is hurting, too.
Across the state, they are filling the gaps with little more than 3-D printers and goodwill.
Cedar Thomas is an artist, a college senior and one of millions of Minnesotans making the best of these difficult times.
The coronavirus might shut down almost everything else, but the art goes on at Interact, a visual and performing arts center for people with disabilities.
Staying happy and healthy while staying at home is the challenge now for 5 million-plus Minnesotans.
The one thing Justin Sutherland can’t do right now is his job. “All we’ve done, all our lives, is feed people,” the chef…
The middle of a public health emergency is terrible timing for a book launch. But that was just the beginning of the story.
For the next few weeks or months, keeping our distance will be the surest way to keep each other safe. The distance comes at a cost
The new year has been kinder to the Hoffman family after their dairy farm almost went out of business.
Despite practical, affordable and common-sense advice, pandemic panic has emptied store shelves across the city, state and country.
At Klobuchar headquarters in northeast Minneapolis, they were clearing out the campaign bus. Yard signs. Leaflets. “Amy for America” buttons. The candidate’s staff piled them…
On Tuesday, a year after they lost Jensen to cancer at age 29, his family, friends and fans will gather at a benefit concert to celebrate his life and continue his work.
Outside the Twin Cities, looking in, some state lawmakers don't like what they see, while the mayor of Minneapolis is a lot happier with the view.
The 34-year-old died in Cottage Grove on Feb. 11, from injuries suffered half a lifetime ago, as a schoolboy abducted and tortured during the Liberian civil war.
The city of Minneapolis has big plans for the land. But Mississippi Mushrooms wasn't part of them.
We still don't have a winner in Iowa. We still don't have an explanation.
For 40 years, El Burrito Mercado has been there for St. Paul. This week, St. Paul was there for El Burrito Mercado. “It’s a…
When the County Board met on Jan. 7, the vote was a swift, uncontested yes.
Minnesotans tell of making multiple return trips, juggling taller and taller stacks of documents, hoping each time they've hit on the correct paperwork combination.
The leadership of the Grove United Methodist Church assured people all week that nobody is setting the elderly adrift on Mississippi ice floes to make space in the pews for younger, cuter families.