Recent content from Jennifer Brooks
The state that never takes the last bite of anything snagged the last available seat in the U.S. House.
A Minnesotan walks into a bar.Orders a beer and takes a seat at a table crowded with friends and happy dogs and covered with bingo…
Volunteers drive in from miles away to help the cleanup.
Not every county has the resources to set up a veterans courts of its own. The Minnesota Legislature could change that.
"Woman Hauling Sticks" was a crowd pleaser at the Johnson Heritage Post Art Gallery.
No justice, no peace, even when you prosecute police
The personal services industry, which includes businesses like salons, spas and barber shops, lost more jobs to the pandemic than any other industry in the state.
Getting an appointment is still a matter of good timing, good luck — or very good neighbors.
Sheletta Brundidge tells how song inspired autistic son's journey to speech.
There's something invaluable about finding one who's shared your experiences, who understands things about your life without needing to ask.
"The Hilarious World of Depression" host John Moe is back with a new podcast.
People talk about the stigma of mental illness, but it's really just discrimination: treating someone differently because their illness makes you uneasy.
A great many things have to come together before a Great Minnesota Get-Together, and almost none of them can wait.
Brooks: For those baseball retirees whose careers ended too soon, the better pay and benefits came too late
Tom Johnson and 873 other retirees struck out and walked away with nothing from the pension plan
Sometimes the people who need health care most are the ones who trust the health care system least.
A few, like Our Lady of Peace in Minneapolis, had enough space and willing volunteers for the Friday fish fry to carry on — as carryout.
Alternative Baseball is a place anyone with special needs can come and know they won't be judged and they won't be alone.
The North Side needed someone needed to keep the work going. Will Wallace had the workforce.
For years, the Park Board has reviewed proposals to restore part of the watershed around Hiawatha while still preserving the park for the public to enjoy. Next week, the board will hold the latest of many public hearings on the updated master plan for the site.
You can sit on your couch in Minnesota and tour the Museu de Arte in São Paulo.Or you can get up off your couch…
For almost two hours Monday, lawmakers talked over each other and past each other and around and around the events of Jan. 6.
In the bleak early days of the pandemic, as Americans cocooned themselves in jigsaw puzzles, half-sewn face masks and bubbling tubs of sourdough starter, student…
The cop who made Minneapolis less safe is walking away from the job.Lt. Bob Kroll, president of the Minneapolis police union, plans to retire at…
Help went to more than 4,600 small businesses and nonprofits hurt by the shutdowns, recession and unrest of the past year.
You can't say this is not who we are. This is exactly who some of us are and always have been.
Where there's a will for lutefisk — or lutfisk, if you trace your roots to Sweden rather than Norway — there's a way.
With plow appreciation at a seasonal high, MnDOT is launching an effort to help Minnesotans form an even deeper bond with their friendly neighborhood plow.
The line for a COVID-19 test is nobody's idea of the Happiest Place on Earth."This isn't Disney," said Shawn Baxley, vice president of field operations…
A bill about second chances gets its last chance at the Minnesota Legislature on Monday.The Veterans Restorative Justice Act would steer veterans — struggling…
The generation that rebuilt after Watergate watches the next generation face its own stinging defeat.
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 under…
"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 from…
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.