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1 Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., holds up a newspaper saying that she won the GOP Straw Poll as she speaks at the Black Hawk County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner in Waterloo, Iowa, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011. 
2 Robert O. Berdahl is Capt. Corcoran and Christina Baldwin is Buttercup in the Guthrie Theater's production of Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore, with additional material by Jeffrey Hatcher. 
3 President Barack Obama greets supporters after a town hall gathering at Lower Hannah's Bend Park in Cannon Falls, Minn. Monday, Aug. 15, 2011. The stop in Cannon Falls was part of President Obama's three-day economic bus tour in the Midwest. 
4 The downtown Minneapolis rush hour ended with another upended semi-tractor trailer on Tuesday, Aug. 15. 
5 Western rootworm beetles climb on a corn stalk. The insects are developing resistance to genetically modified corn, which contains a protein that normally is deadly to the pest. Researchers at Iowa State University have documented what they say is the first known example of rootworms able to survive the toxin. 
6 Rhonda Vikla, 51, shows her folder of job applications waiting to be submitted. Vikla lives six miles outside of downtown Mora, but one major set back she faces is not being able to go into town every day due to high fuel costs. At the moment she can only afford driving to town once a week, and she says that will soon become once a month. Without going into town she is unable to use the computer and access the internet at the Minnesota Workforce Center in Mora. Vikla has heard a new McDonald's will open in Mora this October and hopes to find a job there. 
7 The turf is on the field, lines are drawn and the Metrodome awaits the return of the Vikings, The opening game against the Dallas Cowboys will be on August 27, 2011. 
8 An early morning storm rolled through southern Beltrami County Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, knocking down numerous trees and power lines. Most damage happened in the Nymore area at the south end of Bemidji, where crews had to repair power lines and clear roadways. No injuries have been reported as a result of the storm, Beltrami County authorities said. 
9 Michael Hansen greets his mother Debra Meyer with a hug after Hansen was released from the Douglas County Jail in Alexandria, Minn. Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011. Hansen has been incarcerated for six years after being convicted of killing his daughter. With help from the Innocence Project, Hansen was granted a new trial and was released on bail. 
10 Jim Thome #25 of the Minnesota Twins is congratulated by teammates at home plate after hitting his second home run of the game in the seventh inning and his 600th career home run.