While 2014 held momentous events, it also introduced us to fascinating people across the state.
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.
When he's not in his workshop or up on a rooftop, the jolly old elf shows up in shopping malls, sports bars and even a museum.
Hundreds of parishioners gathered to honor the Virgin of Guadalupe on December 12, 2014, at the Church of the Risen Savior in Burnsville, Minnesota. The Catholic church celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe with music, dancing, tamales and evening Mass.
Mohamed Barre began snapping pictures of Somali life in Minnesota so his kids could see what it was like for the first refugees. He didn't expect they would become art.
Amel Al Sammarraie and Mohammed Al Azzawi were targeted by militias in Iraq for cooperating with the United States. They were able to get U.S. visas, but their grown children were not.
The Dur-Dur Band was Somalia's preeminent party band of the 1980s , but civil war forced the group to dissolve.
Organizers of the 9th annual Twin Cities Arab Film Festival hope to dispel misconceptions of Arabs in a broad array of films that include comedies and dramas.
A Minneapolis exhibit aims to show how the ancient Jewish tradition of tzedakah boxes serves as a reminder to give to the less fortunate.
Fallen leaves aren't the only objects covering Minnesota lawns these days. Faux cemeteries, full-sized skeletons and wailing zombie dolls are also on display in neighborhoods around the Twin Cities.
In the spirit of Halloween, artists mix the devil-may-care mindset of skateboard culture with the macabre imagery of the season.
At Light Grey Art Lab, gallery shows are often collaborative group projects. The four-member team develops a show concept, then invites designers from around the world to submit their artistic interpretations. Their upcoming show, Skate or Die, is inspired by the dark aesthetic of the skateboard subculture.
The Minneapolis institution has served Lake Street for decades. As the end nears, staff and customers are trying to savor it all.
As Roberts Shoe Store closes after 77 years in business, some customers are angry and others are sad. The scramble by others to find bargains and special deals while the doors are still open is a story all its own.
From Hopkins' Raspberry Festival to Barnesville's Potato Days, countless community events revolve around produce. But what's the appeal?