The ice castle at Miller Park in Eden Prairie opened Friday with a light show, ice princesses and fire dancers.
While 2014 held momentous events, it also introduced us to fascinating people across the state.
The National Guard presented the colors, the Greater Mount Vernon Baptist Church choir sang, and friends and family turned out for the swearing in of Gov. Mark Dayton.
As the year draws to a close, we took a look back at some of our favorite photographs of year -- images that give us a glimpse into the people, places and events that helped shape life in Minnesota in 2014.
We visit a volunteer who turns cast-off sweaters into wearable celebrations.
How to make an easy, accessible and sparkling holiday drink.
Protesters walked from south Minneapolis, blocked part of Interstate 35W and rallied at Minneapolis City Hall protesting police brutality and racism around the country Thursday afternoon.
Sculptor Allen Christian, best known for his carved bowling balls and use of recycled materials, is having a moving sale today and Saturday.
Six 16-foot high murals painted by artist Ralph Gilbert depict the earliest arrival of settlers and the impact on the Dakota people, the orphan trains, and the Union Depot during the Civil War.
A Como zoo zebra named Thelma gave birth to a baby boy over the weekend. Zookeepers found him Sunday morning when they arrived at work.
They locked the gates and turned off the floodlights at Midway Stadium for the last time Thursday night.
The Minnesota State Fair kicked off Thursday morning and marked historic changes, an annual parade of new foods (some on a stick!) and the unofficial start to campaign season.
Mike Kempenich forages for wild mushrooms all around Minnesota, which he then sells to chefs in the Twin Cities. In the process of finding mushrooms and teaching others to find them, he found something of his own.
The Minnesota Garlic Festival description is as the "premier event for lovers of garlic," and there was garlic everywhere -- being eaten, worn and judged. Saturday in Hutchinson at the McLeod County Fairgrounds, brave souls even sampled the garlic ice cream.
For more than 80 years, Henderson's Sauerkraut Days has celebrated pickled cabbage. The week-long festival features two parades, a classic car cruise, a softball tournament and music. It's capped off with a sauerkraut eating contest.