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Bromeliad plants

Photos: Beat the cold-weather blues at the Como Zoo Conservatory

On the first day of spring, few signs of the season can be found in our snow-covered landscape. But inside the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory in St. Paul, the temperature is tropical and vibrant colors speckle the glass rooms. A variety of plants and blooming flowers are displayed at the 98-year-old site, and they can be the perfect antidote for our winter-weary eyes.


Photos: Parka restaurant in Minneapolis

Parka is a restaurant on East Lake Street in Minneapolis. When the owners renovated the building, they reached out to the culinary team behind Parka and invited them to share space.

Odin Jorgenson

MPR News photos of the week: Beargrease, marriage bill drama, and celebrating a new pope

This week, we were there as mushers and their teams started on the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon in northern Minnesota, heard passionate testimony at the Capitol during a hearing on same-sex marriage, and checked in with Catholics celebrating their new leader.

Pope Francis

Photos: Mpls. Basilica honors Pope Francis I with celebratory Mass

The Basilica of Saint Mary on the edge of downtown Minneapolis held a celebratory Mass Thursday in honor of the new pope, Francis I.

Natalie Harwood

Photos: The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon gets under way

What do a former runway model, a young man with cerebral palsy and a musher from Tennessee have in common? They're all part of the field this year competing in the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. Ten teams registered for the 373-mile marathon race, which runs from Duluth up the North Shore to the Gunflint Trail near the Canadian border and back. Thirty teams have registered for the mid-distance race.

South St. Paul vs. Warroad

Photos: Scenes from the Minnesota high school hockey tournaments

The Minnesota high school hockey state tournaments, both girls and boys, are big events at the end of every winter. The girls tournament wrapped up at the end of February and the boys finished their play over the weekend.


Photos: Snowstorm ushers in March in Minn.

Tens of thousands of Minnesota students got a day off Tuesday as the second day of a slow-moving snowstorm made travel difficult across much of the region.

Hot air balloon

Minnesota Scenes: Your February

Minnesota Public Radio News invites you to share your images of Minnesota on Flickr. If you do, we may pick your work to appear on MPR's Minnesota Today, and in a monthly gallery right here. We're looking for general interest photos of all kinds: wildlife, landscapes, festivals, events, rural scenes, urban life, outdoor recreation, sports, lutefisk -- pretty much anything that you think reflects life in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Below you'll find our picks from February (and one or two from earlier that were too good to pass up).


Photos: Twin Cities' newest foodie hot spot is North Washington Avenue

A short stretch of North Washington Avenue in downtown Minneapolis is where a few of the best restaurants in the city are now clustered, says Star Tribune variety reporter Tom Horgen.

Terje Isungset

Photos: For Norway's Terje Isungset, music is carved from ice

Ice drums. Ice horns. An iceophone. These are just some of the instruments Norwegian musician Terje Isungset will bring to the Cedar Cultural Center stage in Minneapolis, Minn., on February 25, 2103. Reporter Nikki Tundel captured the makings of an ice concert.


Photos: Snowstorm hits Twin Cities, S Minn.

A snowstorm moved through the region overnight, closing schools and caused delays for morning commuters.

Youth specialist Michelle Barnes

MPR News photos of the week: Theatre, protests and winter storms

This week, we visited Pillsbury House and Theatre in Minneapolis, saw frac sand mining and gun violence protests at the State Capitol and weathered yet another winter storm.