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Paddling Theater

On the Minnesota River, 'paddling theater' offers entertainment and adventure

On May 18, 2013, performers staged a "paddling theater production" on the Minnesota River as part of Minnesota River History Weekend and Minnesota State Water Trails 50th Anniversary. The event offered stories, songs and characters from local river lore, presented both as live theater and live-action radio drama in an original production called "With the Future on the Line: Paddling Theater from Granite Falls to Yellow Medicine."

Almanzo 100

Photos: Almanzo 100 gravel road race

One of the nation's premier gravel road events, the race gets its name from Almanzo Wilder, the husband of "Little House of the Prairie" author Laura Ingalls Wilder. Organizers expect 1,300 riders to participate in this year's event.

Green Valley Fire

Photos: Firefighters battle blaze near Park Rapids

The Minnesota Interagency Fire Center says the Green Valley Fire near Menahga in Wadena County has prompted evacuations and has damaged some structures in the area.

Sharing a laugh

Photos: Thousands gather as Minn. same-sex marriage bill signed into law

Thousands of cheering spectators filled the south lawn of the State Capitol, with rainbow and American flags fluttering in a sweltering breeze.

Marriage

Photos: Senate passes same-sex marriage bill

The Minnesota Senate on Monday joined the House in approving a bill legalizing same-sex marriage. Gov. Mark Dayton will sign the bill into law Tuesday. Minnesota will be the 12th state to legalize same-sex marriage and the first Midwestern state to do so via legislative action.

Same-sex marriage supporters

MPR photos of the week: Marriage, kayaking, walleye and more

The Minnesota House OKs a same-sex marriage bill, spring runoff bring out the kayakers in Duluth, the Wild are out of the Stanley Cup playoffs, and it's going to be an icy walleye opener up north. All that and more in our photos of the week.

Same-sex marriage supporters

Photos: Passions high at Capitol for same-sex marriage House vote

Less than six months after a GOP-backed Minnesota constitutional amendment aimed at banning same-sex marriage failed at the polls, the new Democratic-led Legislature voted Thursday, May 9, 2013, to legalize it. As lawmakers debated and voted, thousands of supporters and opponents of the bill rallied in the Capitol's rotunda.

Chris Baer

Photos: North Shore thaw brings world-class kayaking

Along the North Shore of Lake Superior, streams like the Lester River in Duluth are roaring, full of chocolate-brown, frothy, churning spring runoff. It's that time of year when hikers are warned to stay away from the creeks -- and when kayakers like Chris Baer flock to them.

Photos: Rain can't dampen Cinco de Mayo in St. Paul

A dreary day didn't stop the annual Cinco de Mayo parade and festival in St. Paul on Saturday, with its traditional dancers, food and other attractions.

Riley and Carter Luberda

Minnesota Scenes: Your April

By this time of year we'd hoped to be taking your photos of spring breaking out all over. But endless winter was on a lot of peoples' minds.

May snow

Photos: May winter storm dumps record snow on SE Minn.

A rare May snow storm has dropped more than a foot of snow in some areas of Minnesota, making the morning commute an ordeal and knocking out power in some communities.

Red River flood gif

Photos: Fargo and Moorhead, before and during flooding

Even though the 2013 Red River flood is not as severe as the National Weather Service initially forecasted, it still made for dramatic images.