Biden supporter Ani Aikens, left, handed the megaphone to Trump supporter Adam Heikkila, center, during an impromptu civil moderated debate following

Brooks: In some states, they bury the hatchet — literally

A Delaware tradition offers a template for the rest of us in times when we agree on very little.

Brooks: Swastika-swaddled shoppers were the symptom, not the disease

July 28, 2020
A couple wrapped in crude swastika masks shout and gesture defiantly from the back of the checkout line at a Wal-Mart in Marshall, Minn., on Saturday.

July 16, 1931: Angry white mob surrounds Minneapolis home

May 29, 2020
In July 1931, thousands assembled nightly at 46th and Columbus in protest, many hurling taunts and rocks at a home recently purchased by a black family.
October 18, 2020
Myron Medcalf

Medcalf: To be Black in Minnesota is to constantly barter for acceptance

Value often feels like something you have to earn here when you're not white. Value seems conditional.
State + Local
September 30, 2020
Long Her, a Hmong refugee, voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016, but now he's considering voting for Trump after his business, New Fashions Tailoring & A

Riot-scarred business owners find sympathetic ear in Trump

Some Twin Cities entrepreneurs of color who suffered losses from the riots after George Floyd's death are wrestling with the political implications of Trump using their stories to blame Democrats for permitting the chaos.
September 14, 2020
Lester Royal and Calvin Littlejohn, CEO of Tri-Construction, in north Minneapolis, where the firm is rebuilding a Family Dollar destroyed by riots.

Minority-owned firms seek leading role in rebuilding businesses damaged in riots

Yet obstacles still exist for contractors breaking into a white-dominated field.
July 6, 2020
“We know we need change, but you’re not going to leave me unprotected,” said Cathy Spann, executive director of Jordan Area Community Council. S

As N. Mpls. gun violence rises, neighbors wage a lonely fight

Neighbors, activists and community leaders are reckoning with how to ensure public safety at a time when many feel their security is shaken as much by police as it is by criminals.
June 24, 2020
Albert Lea in Freeborn County is named for a Confederate officer who surveyed southern Minnesota for the U.S. Army.

Albert Lea, Minn., considers ties to its Confederate namesake

Albert Lea, a Tennessean who served as a Confederate lieutenant colonel, surveyed parts of what became southern Minnesota in the 1830s. Many residents don't know about his past, but some activists are hoping to start a conversation about the city's name.
June 20, 2020
“It shouldn’t have taken so much death to get us here,” Kandace Montgomery, Black Visions Collective co-founder, said. She's seen at a 2015 news

Kandace Montgomery, who challenged Mayor Jacob Frey, has pushed for police defunding for years

Growing up as one of the few black people in rural Maine, Kandace Montgomery longed to escape. Kids picked on her. She had no black…
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May 18, 2020

Group rescued from Cloquet River after canoe capsizes

They were part of a larger group with three kayaks.
May 10, 2020

April 8, 1954: A green roof in downtown Minneapolis

Winter still held Minneapolis in its grip. But up on the roof of the Treasure Masters building, 605 Fourth Av. S., the lawn already needed mowing.
April 6, 2020
Khadija Ali's interpreting company is seeing a major decline in business as face to face interactions are limited. She is banding together with other

Twin Cities' African immigrant community rallies to overcome quarantine hardships

Some worry they won't qualify for small-business loans meant to keep them afloat and help them recover.
April 6, 2020
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz: "Viruses don’t discriminate, and neither do we.”

Amid anti-Asian bias because of COVID-19, Minnesota launches discrimination helpline

'Viruses don't discriminate, and neither do we,' Gov. Tim Walz said.
April 5, 2020

Oct. 13, 1918: Flu outbreak closes churches, schools, theaters in Minneapolis

Carried around the globe by massive troop movements at the end of World War I, "Spanish influenza" infected nearly half the world's population and killed more than 20 million people. In October 1918, word of the flu's growing presence in Minnesota began appearing on the front page of the Minneapolis Morning Tribune, below the news from the battlefields of Europe.
April 3, 2020

Aug. 18, 1946: Mayor reads the comics on WCCO

How did homebound children get their fix of Dick Tracy and Little Orphan Annie during a polio outbreak? To the rescue came Minneapolis Mayor Hubert H. Humphrey.
April 1, 2020

April 2, 1871: April Fools' Day

Like many other customs, that of sending people on silly and fruitless errands on the first day of April, or "April Fools' Day" as it is commonly called, is lost in the mists of antiquity, a tolerably certain indication that the custom is not one of religious origin or having any connection therewith, as some have supposed.
January 31, 2020

Jan. 4, 1953: How prejudiced are you?

In a page one story, the Tribune's Carl T. Rowan reported on a University of Minnesota study of "racial attitudes of middle-class whites in a northern metropolis." Researchers found plenty of prejudice in the City of Lakes in the early 1950s.
Staff Directory
January 24, 2020

Jennifer Brooks

Previously as a Star Tribune reporter, Brooks covered the State Capitol and the Minnesota congressional delegation in Washington.
January 1, 2020

Jan. 1, 1889: How a great newspaper is made

The average issue of the TRIBUNE is eight pages, containing 56 columns. Every night for such an issue there are picked up from the type cases 458,528 letters!
January 1, 2020

Jan. 1, 1889: What does a managing editor do?

More than a century ago, the managing editor at a "great morning paper like the Tribune" had a great many responsibilities. He spent a few hours each day just opening mail, dictating letters, fending off job applicants and pacifying "cranks," all without the aid of an iPad. The Tribune explains:
December 20, 2019

Dec. 21, 1981: Met Stadium's violent goodbye

In a column given prominent play on the front page of the Minneapolis Tribune, Joe Soucheray captured the senseless hooliganism that took hold after the final Vikings' final game at Met Stadium on Dec. 20, 1981.
October 31, 2019

Oct. 31, 1957: No masking their Halloween delight

Let's hope Minneapolis Tribune photographer Earl Seubert had plenty of candy on hand when these cheerful "trick-and-treaters" leaned through his storm door to face his camera.
July 15, 2019
Munira Mohmed, center, and Habiba Mohamed, right, listened at the Safari restaurant in Minneapolis as speakers shared memories of activist and journal

Minnesotans inspired by Somali-Canadian journalist killed in terrorist attack

Somali-Canadian activist went back to broadcast "the other side of Somalia."