After working through the night and early into the morning, the Minnesota House and Senate passed 12 budget and spending bills on July 20. Here are some scenes from the all-night session.
The heat wave of 2011 rolls on, and the hottest air may be yet to come by Wednesday. Meanwhile, Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis is providing respite from the heat.
Almost two months after being rescued, a group of Great Blue Heron chicks displaced by the north Minneapolis tornado was released back to the wild near Coon Rapids on July 18, 2011.
The Metrodome's new roof was engineered to be stronger than the previous one, which collapsed in a record-setting December 2010 blizzard.
A year ago, a twister tore through the Zeller family farm in southern Minnesota. Last week, the family threw a party to show appreciation to everyone who supported them during a difficult year.
The holiday commemorates the anniversary of Old Glory becoming the country's official flag in 1777.
For many people, Memorial Day Weekend includes a visit to the cemetery. It's John Peterson's mission to make sure those cemeteries are ready for the holiday. Peterson is the creator and owner of the Twin Cities business Grave Groomers. Some families hire Peterson to tend to graves of recently deceased loved ones. Others want him to care for the burial sites of those who passed away long ago.
Some 2,400 members of the Minnesota National Guard are deploying to the Middle East over the next several weeks. The state's official departure ceremony for those soldiers, members of the Guard's Red Bulls team, was held Sunday at Fort Snelling. Hundreds of people came to bid them farewell.
The Minnesota Legislature passed a law in 2008 permitting specially trained chiropractors to offer their services to animals. The state now boasts 22 licensed animal chiropractors. Reporter Nikki Tundel met up with Kyla Awes, a lifelong animal lover who adjusts the spines of horses, dogs, cats, and the occasional potbellied pig.
Outside the Capitol, the issues discussed don't always match what lawmakers are debating inside. During the week of April 10, 2011, Reporter Nikki Tundel captured a week in the life of the Capitol steps and documented those who showed up there to share their political points of view.
Spc. Brian Wunderlich, 26, is unsure if he will deploy to Kuwait soon, but many of his friends are preparing to leave. So Wunderlich and his new wife Margarita Jacobson, 29, moved their wedding from June to Saturday, April 2, 2011.
Gov. Mark Dayton capped off his first week in office by hosting an inaugural ball at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Some 2,000 people attended, including members of Minnesota's Congressional delegation.
The Minnesota Legislature convened Tuesday under full GOP control for the first time in 38 years.
Scenes from the inauguration of Mark Dayton (DFL) as Minnesota's 40th governor in St. Paul, Minn. on Jan. 3, 2011.
In the age of megachurches, a growing number of Christians are looking for a more intimate way to connect with God and each other. Enter the home church movement.