Recent content from Jennifer Brooks
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.
Friday's start of early voting was too big an occasion for some voters to sit back and wait for Super Tuesday to come to them.
Think you don't have to beat the rush? Have you seen this state try to deal with a zipper merge?
The Minneapolis Public Housing Authority could house another veteran. Or they could house a veteran's child. They couldn't do both.
Meghan Mateuszczyk wants her lawmakers, who can't meet a 30-day deadline, to understand a real deadline.
Dennis Jensen could bring together people barely on speaking terms and hammer out an agreement that all sides liked, a former chief said.
The children will save us. They do it all the time. Kids like 8-year-old Logan Luedtke.
Archivists will probably build a mannequin especially for the suit. That's something they've done only one other time, with Prince's "Purple Rain" costume.
Eighty percent of the state's rural emergency medical services rely on volunteers, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. But it's getting harder to find volunteers to answer the call.
There was no masked predator hiding in the bushes in Eagan. No one was snapping pictures of children at the bus stop in Big…
The number of clinics is doubling, from eight to 16. Next year, the program will open to chronic pain patients for the first time.
Guns killed so many of us this year, Jennifer Brooks writes. Our neighbors keep dying, and we find ways to forget.
Scanning the former St. Andrew's Church inside and out, and gathering enough data ensured that the St. Paul landmark would live on.
This year, the community is hoping to keep their dollars closer to home.
Together, they hope to send a sweet reminder that someone in Minnesota is thinking of them.
We don't make children buy the textbook before they can read. We don't make them chip in for gas for the school bus.
There used to be hundreds. But time passed, laws shifted, and Minneapolis became a city of brewpubs and craft cocktail lounges.
When the polls closed, all three of the school questions on the ballot passed — one by a margin of 19 votes.
While the Vikings were curb-stomping his team in Minneapolis, owner Daniel Snyder could have spent the time researching better team names.
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, a black Muslim man from Minneapolis, is leading a statewide conversation on race and hate.
"This story, I don't think it's about me," Tyler Moon said. "I just went for a run and a bunch of great people stepped up and just saved my life."
Those with experience in finding common ground say it starts with finding us, not us and them.
The rain kept falling, but the birds kept singing. So the watchers stayed at their post, keeping count. Chickadee. Flicker. Pileated woodpecker. Yellow-bellied sapsucker. Each…
Tagged with the mark of the beast, this small Minneapolis congregation responded with grace, humor and empathy. The mark of the best.
The Richfield event was the first in a series bringing children and entertainers to Hennepin County libraries to celebrate a love of stories, dress-up and accepting people just the way they are.
"If and when you do feel uncomfortable, lean in to that," Toussaint Morrison said.
We’re counting on you, Burnsville. The 2020 census is six months away. Soon, census takers will roam the nation in the largest peacetime mobilization in…
The next time there's a crash in the night, will the neighbors hesitate?
Most college students today were toddlers on Sept. 11, 2001. Their stories start in the world made afterward.
It's proof that libraries have always been more than just buildings full of books.
Fort Snelling didn't close the chapter on 1827. It just added more to the story.
A daylong jaunt around the fairgrounds makes for 9 miles and touching all the animals one can.
The first day after the last day of Title X funding, two teenagers walked through the door of a Minnesota Planned Parenthood clinic. They needed…
Plenty of Minnesotans are interested in buying the face of the Eco Experience's clothing and textile recycling exhibit at the State Fair since 2016.
White Earth officials are bracing for cuts to programs that have just started to help people heal.
At a time when hometown papers are closing, consolidating or shriveling, Reed and Shelly Anfinson will be publishing more hometown papers.
Every other week, someone in farm country sits down at a microphone to talk about the unspeakable. The farm they lost. Stress. Depression. Strained marriages.…
Survivors and scholars have watched the American cycle of tragedy, outrage and inaction play out again and again.
That jumble of nonrecyclable, nonanimal items causes real headaches at recycling centers.
The Midwest gets defined by what it's not. But the Midwest is going to pick your next president.
On the road to reconciliation, Twin Cities German Immersion School invited over the neighbors for one last look inside St. Andrew's Church. But for some, reconciliation can't be rushed.
The findings shocked University of Minnesota researchers and Hennepin County transit planners.
If people are the cause of most of life's troubles, we're also the solution, as the lake cleanup shows.
"I'm not half-naked," Duluth photographer Michelle Bennett tried to explain to the officer who approached her on Park Point beach last month. "I'm topless."
I Pledge Allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. That was…
If you heard someone or something you liked on stage last week and you want to hear more, just wait.
It was morning in the garden. The start of the workday. Half a dozen 14- and 15-year-olds fanned out across an overgrown lot at…
If a save-the-fireworks effort doesn't come together this year, Grand Old Day Anyway plans to return the donations and try again in 2020.
For six straight hours, people in St. Paul smiled when they talked about garbage.
It's swarm season in Minnesota, when honeybees fan out in search of new homes. Sometimes, they pick the wrong neighborhood.
The Legislature's session ended with no emergency insulin aid. Some would die for a special session.
You can find a seat downtown, if you know where to look. You just have to navigate blocks of seatless streets and charmless plazas to get there.
Coming up with a banner to rally your town is exactly as hard as it sounds.
Rep. Angie Craig said there is a big difference between the topics her constituents care about and the ones that fascinate the Beltway.
During the Vietnam War, when airports could feel like hostile territory to troops traveling in uniform, a young sailor from Minneapolis dreamed of a warmer…
On a windy Wednesday in Uptown Minneapolis, people gathered to cheer the demolition of a Planned Parenthood clinic — a demolition that’s making way for…
Mile in My Shoes pairs residents with experienced runners from the community in the hope that everyone can find some joy and common ground.
Ramadan is a time to avoid conflict and quarrels, but anyone who follows U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar on Twitter knows conflict avoidance is not her style.
There have been zero cases of measles in Minnesota this year, no thanks to me. Measles is back in a big, dumb way.…