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Lake Superior trail

Photos: Inside the majestic Lake Superior ice caves

For the first time in nearly five years, the south shore of Lake Superior has frozen enough to allow people to access the ice caves of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

Knowshon Moreno

Photos: Seattle wins 1st Super Bowl title

Peyton Manning couldn't cap the greatest season any NFL quarterback ever had or secure his legacy as the best QB in history because his Denver Broncos came down with a case of the yips Sunday night. They lost to Seattle in the Super Bowl 43-8 by falling behind right from the start and never recovering.

Waiting for word on the race start.

Photos: Stupor Bowl race rides through Minneapolis

Stupor Bowl, a guerrilla bicycle race run on city streets, made its 17th run through Minneapolis on Saturday. 366 racers met at a bicycle shop shortly before the race began to find out the starting point and race route. Racers could visit the 18 checkpoints -- including bike shops, bars and parks -- in any order they chose. The race is fueled by camaraderie -- and beer.

Minne-Loppet skiers

Photos: Learning to ski the Minne-Loppet way

Over the past decade the Minne-Loppet Foundation has helped teach more than 3,000 north Minneapolis elementary students how to ski.

Dancers

Dancing in the Chinese New Year

In St. Paul, Minn., the CAAM Chinese Dance Theater honored the New Year with a performance by 51 young dancers. They are performing "Homecoming: A Chinese New Year's Tale," which has been referred to as the Chinese version of the Nutcracker ballet.

Shane Skowron

Photos: The brutal Arrowhead 135 Ultra

For most mortals, running, biking or skiing in a 135 mile race through Minnesota's north woods would seem a daunting enough task. But in the Arrowhead 135 Ultra, the competitors not only brave sub-zero degree temperatures, they crave it.

Nathan Schroeder, of Chisholm, Minn.

Photos: The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon

Thirty mushers and 300 dogs hit the trail Sunday in a rebooted John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon with new, fan-friendly features that organizers hope will help the Minnesota tradition recapture some of its former glory.

Gull Lake's Hole in the Day Bay

Photos: Thousands compete in Brainerd's annual ice fishing extravaganza

The cold weather has been beneficial for the ice conditions on Hole-in-the-Day Bay. Brainerd Jaycees and law enforcement officials found 17 to 19 inches of clear, consistent ice when they measured it last week.

Ukraine protestor

Photos: Unrest rocks Ukraine as leader offers concessions

President Viktor Yanukovych has promised a government reshuffle, an amnesty to detained activists and other concessions, after protests against his rule engulfed Ukraine.

Singing and sipping

Photos: Beer and hymns for Jesus

When churchgoers at The Gathering begin singing the hymn "Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling," it can come as an invitation to renounce the ways of the world and accept Christ's call to a new life.

Whiteout conditions were common in open country

Photos: Blizzard hits Fargo-Moorhead

A blizzard whipped through western Minnesota today. Whiteout conditions were common in open country in the Red River Valley throughout the afternoon.

Seven Corners

Photos: St. Paul landmark Seven Corners Hardware closes after 80 years

After 80 years, Seven Corners Hardware, the St. Paul landmark at 216 W. 7th Street, is closing its doors. Seven Corners owner Bill Walsh has decided to close the store and its catalog business and sell off its building, just a block from the Xcel Energy Center.