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.
Professional kayaker Hunt Jennings (backed by his professional safety team) took on the teeming waters of Minnehaha Falls Thursday evening, the same day Minnehaha Creek's water level reached an all-time record high, rising more than a foot and a half.
For the first time, the city of Minneapolis is making so-called "power dogs" available for adoption at its animal shelter. This includes Dobermans, Rottweilers and pit bulls.
Scientists from the National Park Service are conducting an eagle survey along the Mississippi River and elsewhere, collecting blood and feather samples from eaglets to measure contaminants the eaglets ingest from their prey.
Island Station, an old coal-fired power plant on the Mississippi River, was imploded Sunday in St. Paul.
An MPR News investigation found the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has dealt with allegations and suspicions of child sexual abuse involving at least 70 clergy members since 1950 -- nearly double the church's official count. Explore an interactive database with details of the allegations against those priests, deacons and monks, along with the locations of their service and their current status.
Over the past decade the Minne-Loppet Foundation has helped teach more than 3,000 north Minneapolis elementary students how to ski.
Photographer Jennifer Simonson got a chance to visit the Metrodome last week, as seats were being taken out and the turf rolled up. They're getting the dome ready to be deflated this weekend.
After 80 years, Seven Corners Hardware, the St. Paul landmark at 216 W. 7th Street, is closing its doors. Seven Corners owner Bill Walsh has decided to close the store and its catalog business and sell off its building, just a block from the Xcel Energy Center.
Investigators continue to work at the scene of a fatal fire in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis that started on New Years' Day morning.
May snow storms, tall ships, annual rituals and small towns fighting for survival all were part of the stories told with photographs from around the state this year. Here are a few of our favorites.
The Splendid Table's Lynne Rossetto Kasper demonstrates how to make an easy, improvised trifle using sweetened ricotta, pound cake and fresh whipped cream. It's a beautiful dessert that's perfect for holiday parties.