Recent content from Jennifer Brooks
Minnesota prisons are getting into the tattoo businesses
Made by Stillwater potter Warren MacKenzie, the urn once held the ashes of Mondale's wife, Joan
Delighted librarians have turned Forest Lake fourth-grader's debut novel into de facto e-book.
Legislature gets serious about finding a state flag with less nudity and racism.
A Minnesota-born artist put his support for Ukraine into his art, then put his art where Russia's diplomats can't miss it
Has Minnesota become the sort of place where political divisions mean we can't even fish together?
United Way drive collects culturally-specific pantry staples
A north Minneapolis entrepreneur working toward the future takes out the trash.
In the last days of the Maplewood Perkins, regulars returned to share a few meals and memories.
While some quit in search of better jobs, others stay to try to improve conditions at the jobs they have.
A street once named after the founder of the Minnesota Eugenics Society now honors Minneapolis' first Black fire captain
Class continues for Ruth Karnowski of Little Falls, who is working now from Slovakia for the sake of some of the war's littlest refugees.
Lawmakers, scientists and celebrities unite to fight a disease that has taken some of Minnesota's favorite Minnesotans
Preservationists and pro golfers rally around the Hiawatha golf course
For neighbors in north Minneapolis, a solar garden represents more than just a chance for cheaper electric bills
Minnesota 4-H stands up for, and with, LGBTQ+ youth
At a time when many are eager to move on from COVID, Edina remembers.
Rep. Esther Agbaje was home when SWAT team opened fire in her apartment building
Downtown Minneapolis shifts from trying to get through COVID to learning to live with it
Substitute teachers hold Minnesota schools together as the pandemic tears everything apart.
The St. Louis County Historical Society and Ojibwe authors open a new storytelling chapter.
When there weren't enough COVID tests to go around in north Minneapolis, a community rallied.
Longtime volunteer Jack Ferman's last wish was to be buried at Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery.
A violent attempt to overturn an American election should have changed everything. It didn't.
Capt. John Cheatham spent his life protecting the lives and property of his neighbors.
If you're looking for a test, Minnesota makes it easier and cheaper than most states.
"The Unchosen Ones" offers lessons on resilience.
Youth on Boards program in Northfield shows just how much high school students can bring to the table
There are so many amazing groups and causes. This is your reminder that it's possible for one act of kindness to change someone's life.
The new season of the show begins streaming Tuesday on Hulu and Amazon Prime.
His former St. John's Prep classmates spent more than a decade seeking answers. They keep going, in honor of their friend.
This is a chance to learn about policing from someone who has been policed.
If you're a woman with an opinion in public, someone will try to weaponize male anatomy against you. The number that had been texting her has been disconnected.
Malik Lewis is battling pneumonia and COVID — and the tubes and wires keeping him alive.Malik, 21, has a sweet smile, a loving family,…
A year and a half after a dented Columbus was carted off to a state warehouse, there is still no paperwork, no procedure, no plan for where it should end up.
The 11 offices outside the Twin Cities are places to organize volunteers, hold meetings and distribute yard signs ahead of next year's midterm elections.
Once home to huge herds, Minnesota now has about 5,000, maybe 10,000 bison, depending on who's counting.
Minnesota, thousands of whose citizens fought and died to preserve the Union, is home to at least half a dozen high schools with Confederate mascots.
The hope is to start chipping away at years of Instagram messaging about which of their selfies are good or bad; which of their features are flattering or flaws.
Sometimes, a misdemeanor can feel like a life sentence.It wasn't much marijuana. Enough to roll a few joints.Enough to slap a college student with a…
That broken beam in Marshall, Minn., is as close as most of us will ever get to ground zero.
Nothing connects you with history like holding a piece of it in your hand.
Nothing connects you with history like holding a piece of it in your hand.
It was always a thankless job. Then came the pandemic, and a thankless job turned joyless.
After a no-fair year, the Minnesota State Fair is back. Whether you're planning to get vaccinated, mask up, and attend — or if you're sitting this one out — here's your chance to fill in some blanks and remember what makes Great Minnesota Get-Togethers so great.
The 11th annual gathering promises good food, great music, local vendors, drum lines, double-dutch jump rope exhibitions and joyous reunions.
Brooks: Minnesotans aren't sure they want to get together at the Great Minnesota Get-Together this year
The delta variant is surging just as the fair is drawing thousands of people with very different comfort levels on the issues of masks, vaccines and eating horse paste.
Census Man always knew he could count on Circle Pines.For one last time last week, City Council Member Dean Goldberg donned his cape, his mask…
Jennifer Carnahan wants you to remember the real victim here.The FBI had swooped in to arrest top GOP donor Anton "Tony" Lazzaro on child…
What Minneapolis wants is not what East Phillips needs.
For 3 million fully vaccinated Minnesotans who did everything right, Jennifer Brooks asks: Is it still OK to get that Pronto Pup?
More than a dozen Black-owned barber shops and salons across Minnesota have thrown open their doors to the federal Shots at the Shop initiative.
If you want a measure how beloved a public figure is, look to see how many different places stake a claim to them.
The climate is changing, and not for the better: Our bodies are choking on Canadian wildfire smoke, roasting through heat waves, then choking on wildfire smoke again.
If a playground seems a strange place to remember a murdered child, imagine how much worse it would be to forget.
Something seemed very wrong at the American Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.There was a locked closet with student files the registrar could not access.There…
The Minnesota Legislature changed the law to ban lunch shaming for good five years to the day after he died.
In the worst days of 2020, MNHS was urging Minnesotans to be mindful of the history we're living through.
It was a protest that started with a creep who crept through the night in 2018 to dump a box of maxi pads on the doorstep of West St. Paul's first female mayor.
Sometimes there's no neutral ground. You stand with your neighbors or you stand against them.
Charles Fremont Dight lived in a tree and wrote fan letters to Adolf Hitler and founded the Minnesota Eugenics Society.Minneapolis named a street after him.It…
An event that usually requires six months of meticulous planning came together in a matter of weeks.
Deona Marie Knajdek took to the streets.Winston Smith Jr. was dead, gunned down by law enforcement on the same day city work crews plowed through…
Experience has taught transit officials that their next bus driver could come from anywhere.
Fans are eager take home a piece of the past.
For 11 years, Mark Clark greeted neighbors and visitors to the Loring Park Greenway. Off to a new assignment, he was invited back for a party by the neighborhood.
Pro Publica's review of federal Paycheck Protection Program loans turned up "fake farms in absurd places"
It is hard to move on when it feels like it is not over.
Minnesotans were back together on Saturday — vaxed, relaxed and newly unmasked.
People have gotten more comfortable with cannabis in recent years. Institutions have not.
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.