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Michelle Brooks (Reporter)

Phone: 573-761-0243
E-mail: mbrooks@newstribune.com
Michelle Brooks is a general assignment reporter for the News Tribune and California Democrat. Her emphasis areas include the community of Russellville, rural schools, faith, military and veterans issues, historic preservation, gardening, and human interest stories.

Highway Patrol analyst makes sure missing aren't forgotten

Published Jul. 16 2017

Clara Land takes her compassion, drive, understanding and outside-the-box thinking to work every day.

Mid-Missouri church to mark 150 years

Published Jul. 9 2017

Two special services will mark the 150th anniversary of St. John's Lutheran Church, Stringtown, on July 16.

Shedding light on eclipses in our past

Published Jun. 13 2017

On this day in 1257, it is likely people of the Mississippian culture saw a total solar eclipse from what...

With retirement at hand, the Rev. Peter Kurowski turns attention to writing

Published Jun. 11 2017

Choosing a life of service to people and time for Bible study over prestige and administration, the Rev. Peter Kurowski...

Missouri Missing plans 10th anniversary

Published Jun. 7 2017

For 10 years, families of missing Missourians have gathered in Jefferson City in mid-June to raise awareness of their silent...

Family legacy spins to life in antique

Published Jun. 4 2017

When Anna Apollonia Grunbaum crossed the Atlantic Ocean with her new husband, Friedrick Ziegler, as immigrants from Bavaria aboard the...

From yearbook to state director of publications

Published Jun. 4 2017

Twenty-five years after joining the composing operations at the Secretary of State's Office, Julie Stegeman remains as enthusiastic about completing...

Veteran spends retirement serving veterans

Published May. 28 2017

After 27 years serving his country, Shawn Holzhauser now serves other veterans.

Fundraiser to aid veterans' support group

Published May. 28 2017

Jena Tyree left the garage sale at her neighbor's house on Boonville Road last year with more than a few...

Appreciating local firefighters

Published May. 17 2017

Cozy corners filled the 34-year-old home of Craig and Linda Rodick on Missouri 87. The night of April 3, that...

Rain didn't dampen Sunshine's first 5K fundraiser

Published May. 6 2017

Despite last weekend's torrential downpours, there was a little peek of sunshine at the Edgewood Greenway in Jefferson City last...

State Archive rescues flooded documents

Published May. 5 2017

As emergency responders work in flood-ravaged parts of the state to secure individual safety and property security, the Missouri State...

Writing from and for the heart

Published Apr. 30 2017

At age 8, Kelly Smith was filling Big Chief tablets with stories. So, when her parents offered her the choice...

Flash flooding inundates Missouri

Published Apr. 30 2017

Gov. Eric Greitens declared a state of emergency in response to flooding Saturday across Missouri, as more rain and the...

Calvary Lutheran students work on sharing faith

Published Apr. 27 2017

Freshman Jaelyn Engelbrecht's nerves turned to confidence Wednesday as she participated in Calvary Lutheran High School's 12th annual Witness Workshop.

Amick features Tipton veteran in latest book

Published Apr. 26 2017

The everyday experiences of a Tipton man serving in World War II with the famed Tuskegee Airmen have been captured...

Digging into a varied career

Published Apr. 17 2017

From digging up 1904 World's Fair artifacts to baking miniature pastries to defending public entities in the courtroom, Annie Willis...

State parks remain vital interest 100 years after system began

Published Apr. 16 2017

Missouri's diverse history, geology and landscapes have been preserved for 100 years through the Missouri State Park System.

Museum curator makes history accessible

Published Apr. 9 2017

The largest project Sydney Johnson has worked on — "Here at Home: Missouri in the Great War" — opened Thursday...

Voters pass Russellville school ballot issues

Published Apr. 5 2017

Cole County R-1 School District voters approved two ballot measures Tuesday.