National Guard soldiers from eight states will be in Minnesota next week to test their skiing and shooting skills. The Guard sponsors regional biathlon competitions for guard teams from across the country. Winning brings bragging rights for the Guard teams, as well as the chance to compete against national teams around the world.
The Coast Guard Cutter Alder is stationed in Duluth to cut through the ice and keep shipping channels open. The 2,000-ton boat can ram through ice that's 3 feet thick, and leave a trail of open water even in the depth of a Duluth winter.
A fine day on Lake Superior, the Packers dispatch the Vikings, the Wild return, the Legislature reconvenes, pond hockey's returning, and Ricky Rubio hides under a towel. All that and more in this week's MPR photos of the week.
For one day at least, lawmakers laid aside their differences so they could get organized and welcome new members, who make up more than a quarter of the Legislature.
Recent major water main breaks have highlighted the massive labyrinth of underground pipes that delivers water to homes and businesses. In many Minnesota cities, water system are aging and in need of replacement.
The Green Bay Packers defeated the Minnesota Vikings 24-10 in their NFC wildcard playoff game Saturday night at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, ending the Vikings' hopes for a longer run in the playoffs.
The Ice Castle outside the Mall of America opens to the public on New Year's Eve, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012. A preview was held Sunday evening for the structure, created by Ice Castles LLC, a company that builds ice castles using icicles that are grown, then fused together to make a series of walls, archways and tunnels. Work on the structure began Dec. 1 and will continue over the next three weeks. It will stand more than 40 feet tall at its peak.
Adrian Peterson's remarkable comeback season now has a magic number to punctuate it. He became the seventh player to rush for 2,000 yards in a season, plowing through the Green Bay Packers for a 20-yard gain that put him over the top in the third quarter Sunday. He finished with 199 yards and a touchdown in the 37-34 victory, leaving him nine yards shy of Eric Dickerson's single-season record. Here's what some of his season looked like.
Mayor R.T. Rybak of Minneapolis announced Thursday that he will not seek a fourth term as head of Minnesota's largest city. The news comes at the end of a busy year: The Vikings stadium deal, Occupy Minnesota, the 2012 presidential race and a groundbreaking choice for police chief were all part of the mix.
Dean McFarlane is a 10th-generation master stone carver. His great-grandfather started the Minneapolis-based family stone carving company in 1916. But the line ends with McFarlane: There are no family members waiting in the wings to become master stone carvers.
Dakota Indians and their supporters commemorated the largest mass execution in United States history at a ceremony Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012 in Mankato, Minn.
We have long known that the Twin Cities are great restaurant towns. Rachel Hutton, senior editor of Minnesota Monthly magazine is here to help us trace the evolution of the Twin Cities' foodie "cred."