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.
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.
Our favorite photos submitted by audience members in the past month.
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.
At Minneapolis City Hall early Thursday morning, the first day same-sex marriage was legal, Mayor R.T. Rybak officiated more than three dozen same-sex weddings.
This fall, voters in Minneapolis will consider the first major overhaul of the city's charter in almost a century. Adopted in 1920, the city charter regulates things like the discharge of steam by locomotives, the cleaning of stables, and the size and weight of bread. Now, the "plain language charter revision" aims to simplify the document without changing the way city government works. Minneapolis has changed dramatically in the decades since its charter took effect: Here's a look at the city, then and now, with all vintage photos courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society.
The Minnesota Vikings began their 48th year of training camp in Mankato, Minn., Friday. The team will continue to train until Aug. 14, during which it will hold its first preseason matchup, against the Texans, at the Metrodome. The Vikings will head to Detroit for their first regular-season game on Sept. 8 against the Lions.
Nine majestic sailing ships evoking our nation's nautical past sailed into the Duluth harbor on Thursday, July 25, 2013, during a Grand Parade of Sail signaling the start of the city's five-day Tall Ships Festival. Photographer Paul M. Walsh was aboard one of the ships and sent us this visual report.
We just wrapped up a new Ground Level project that portrays the difficulties, the angst, the cost and the lessons learned by people making an effort to refresh their towns by saving local iconic structures. View our favorite photos from the series here, and click through to the related stories using the links below the images.
St. Paul marked the 30th anniversary of the Rondo Days Festival on Saturday, July 20, 2013. The heyday of the Rondo neighborhood was the 1920s through the 1950s. It's remembered as a close-knit, vibrant, primarily African-American community, but much of the neighborhood was bulldozed to make way for Interstate 94. Now, the festival draws thousands of people to St. Paul every year.
More than a thousand teams from 17 states and 17 countries have converged on Blaine for the annual Schwan's USA Cup youth soccer tournament.
Protest marchers called for justice for Trayvon Martin and Terrance Franklin and demands that the Unites States Department of Justice bring civil rights charges against George Zimmerman, Monday evening, July 15, 2013 in Minneapolis.