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T.J. Oshie #74 of the United States

Seeing Sochi Day 9: Our favorite Olympics photos

In Sochi today, The U.S. men's hockey team beat Team Russia in an exciting Group A preliminary round game 3-2, in a shootout.

Keri Herman

Seeing Sochi: Our favorite photos of Minnesota Olympians

Athletes with connections to Minnesota are flying high at the Sochi Winter Olympics -- quite literally in the case of skier Keri Herman from Bloomington.

Bobsled

Seeing Sochi Day 7: Our favorite Olympics photos

In Sochi today, the U.S. men's hockey team crushed Slovakia, Canada won their fifth straight in women's curling and Evgeni Plushenko retired from competitive figure skating shortly after withdrawing from the men's competition.

Camp on St. Ignace Island

Photos: See the allure of winter camping

Chris Gibbs' first attempt at traditional winter camping in the Boundary Waters didn't end well. "We had a 20 below night and our Stove Top stuffing froze to the bottom of the bowl," Gibbs said. "We kind of decided to pull the plug on that one very quick -- we weren't very well prepared." He's quickly learned what's necessary to adequately prepare for a camping trip in the Minnesota winter. Here are some of his photos.

Women's hockey

Seeing Sochi Day 6: Our favorite Olympics photos

In Sochi today, the US women's hockey team fell to their arch-rival Canada; the US men curlers finally notched a win, but the US women lost to China.

Michelle Lowenhielm #28 of Sweden score

Seeing Sochi Day 5: Our favorite Olympics photos

Today's Olympic highlights include: Norway won double gold in the cross-country freestyle sprints; Canadian Dara Howell won the gold in women's slopestyle skiing; and the first qualifying round for men's snowboard halfpipe began.

Per Spett of Sweden

Seeing Sochi Day 4: Our favorite Olympics photos

Among Monday's highlights in Sochi: Charles Hamelin of Canada raced to the 1,500-meter short track speedskating gold, and Viktor Ahn earned the bronze to give Russia its first-ever short track medal; Michel Mulder of the Netherlands earned the 500-meter speedskating gold; and Martin Fourcade won the 12.5-kilometer biathlon pursuit.

A team of four horses

Photos: The 64th Annual Waseca Sleigh and Cutter Festival

The 64th Annual Waseca Sleigh and Cutter Festival held some of its main attractions Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014.

Olga Vilukhina of Russia

Seeing Sochi Day 3: Our favorite Olympics photos

Sochi, Russia AP -- Among the eight gold medalists on Day 3 were: snowboarder Jamie Anderson, the American slopestyle queen who triumphed in her sport's Olympic debut; Irene Wust, who showed why speedskating is Dutch territory; and Russia in team figure skating, likewise an Olympic newcomer, for its first gold in Sochi. Here are some of our favorite photos from Day 3.

Cross-Country Women's Skiathlon

Seeing Sochi Day 2: Our favorite Olympics photos

In all, 98 gold medals will be awarded over the next 16 days, and five were settled on Day 2.

Minnesota Orchestra clarinetist Tim Zavadil

Photos: Minnesota Orchestra returns to the stage

The Minnesota Orchestra received standing ovations Friday at its first concert since the end of the lockout. The concert was the orchestra's first in Orchestra Hall since its $52 million refurbishment and expansion. Although musicians, administrators and classical music fans are excited that the orchestra is playing again, the effects of the dispute are likely to be felt for a long time. Here is a look at the audience and musicians.

Fireworks explode

Seeing Sochi Day 1: Our favorite Olympics photos

The Winter Olympics are now officially underway. After two days of practice and qualifying, the opening ceremony has taken place in the resort town of Sochi, Russia.