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Same-sex weddings

Photos: Midnight same-sex marriage ceremonies at Mpls City Hall

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.

Minneapolis, then and now

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.

Vikings training camp

Photos: Vikings' first day of football training camp

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.

Pride of Baltimore II crewmembers

Photos: Tall Ships Festival returns to Duluth

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.

Photos: Reviving Minnesota's relics

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.

Dunk tank

St. Paul celebrates 30th anniversary of Rondo Days

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.

Cooling off

Photos: Schwan's USA Cup youth soccer stars play through muggy heat

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.

Trayvon Martin rally

Photos: Protesters march for Trayvon Martin, Terrance Franklin

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.

Looking for loons

Photos: Researchers capture, track loons in Minn.

A La Crosse, Wis.-based U.S. Geological Survey research team is traveling across Minnesota and Wisconsin collecting data to learn more about loon migration patterns.

Stanley Cup visit

Photos: Nick Leddy and the Stanley Cup tour Twin Cities

After winning the NHL championship with the Chicago Blackhawks this year, Nick Leddy received his celebratory day with the Stanley Cup. The Eden Prairie, Minn. native toured the Cup around the Twin Cities, making stops at several places including the Eden Prairie Community Center, where Leddy played hockey as a kid, and the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital on Friday, July 12, 2013.

Farmers market

Photos: Shop locally at the farmers markets

With the proliferation of local farmers markets, cheesemakers and breweries, packing local food for a picnic, trip, or camp out can make for a more interesting trip and a richer experience.

Kids and a camel

Photos: Somali Independence Day celebration in Twin Cities

Somalis in Minnesota commemorated Somali Independence Day this weekend as the 52nd anniversary of their country's struggle for independence.