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Joe Banyard, Keyunta Dawson

Photos: Minnesota Vikings beat Tennessee Titans

Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Seth Olsen was taken off the field on a stretcher in the second quarter Thursday night after injuring his neck in a collision with Titans linebacker Scott Solomon.

Megan Leschinsky, 7, draws whiskers

Internet Cat Video Festival photos: The Grandstand was packed

The Walker Art Center's hugely successful 2012 Internet Cat Video Festival moved to the Minnesota State Fair this year, and the event filled the Grandstand. Here's a look at some of the people -- and cats -- on hand.

The funhouse

Photos: Skulls at the State Fair

The Minnesota State Fair may seem like it's all sweetness and light, but from the fine arts building to the children's midway, skull imagery is everywhere.

Fairgoers worship at Crossroads Chapel

Photos: Faith at the fair

From Sunday morning church services to icons of Jesus, examples of Christianity abound on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.

Poncho dog.

Photos: At Minn. State Fair, food that smiles back at you

At the Minnesota State Fair, Nikki Tundel found a wealth of kitschy images used on the food booths.

Entries in wine vinegar competition.

Minnesota State Fair still lifes

In the crazy busy-ness that is the Minnesota State Fair, Nikki Tundel set out to find peaceful moments in time.

Extreme Sandbox

Photos: Get behind big toys at Extreme Sandbox

If you've ever driven by a construction site and thought it looked like fun to drive a big earth-mover, a business in Hastings wants to give you that chance. Extreme Sandbox will put you behind the controls of a 19-ton excavator, and even let you loose with a sledgehammer and spray paint before you crush a car.

Sheep running amok all part of the hijinks at Irish Fair

At the Irish Fair of Minnesota in St. Paul on Saturday afternoon, six sheep escaped during a herding demonstration, bolting the ring, pushing through the crowd and running around Harriet Island. A sheepdog dutifully followed and tried to restore order. After a brief chase, the dog -- with occasional assistance from surprised fairgoers -- returned the sheep to the demonstration area. The Irish Fair, the nation's largest free celebration of Irish culture, began Friday and ends at 7 p.m. Sunday, according to the event's website.

A gas and oil refinery

Photos: Oil boom changes the face of North Dakota

Neighboring North Dakota has been experiencing an oil boom in recent years, due in part to new drilling techniques including hydraulic fracturing -- the sand for which is mined in places including parts of Minnesota. The sudden boom has created immense wealth, and also social and environmental challenges. Getty photographer Andrew Burton is chronicling the changes.

Photos: Highlights from Cris Carter's career

Long-time Vikings wide receiver Cris Carter was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame over the weekend. Here are some highlights from his playing career, which he spent most of in Minnesota.

Minnesota Scenes: July

Our favorite photos submitted by audience members in the past month.

Photos: Gay ND couple celebrate wedding vows in Moorhead

Justin Metz and Richie DePaolis, who currently live in West Fargo, N.D., were among the first 18 same-sex couples who repeated vows in a Moorhead, Minn. courthouse in the early morning hours of Aug. 1, 2013. Photographer Ann Arbor Miller spent the evening with the couple and sent this photo essay.