MPR News pictures of the year, July through September

1 Beekeeper Peter Hansen finds an unusual seat in a bee yard with colleagues near Eagle Bend, Minn., on Monday, July 11, 2011. Honey bees in Minnesota and across the nation are producing less honey compared to 10 years ago. 
2 Minneapolis DFL Rep. Jeff Hayden waits for members of the House of Representatives to return from one of many breaks during the special session at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul on July 20, 2011. 
3 Chloe Person, 12, and the rest of her Brookings, S.D. teammates take a water break during that the Schwan's USA Cup International Youth Soccer Tournament in Blaine, Minn. Wednesday, July 20, 2011. The tournament shortened Wednesday's games and added mandatory water breaks to help players battle the heat. 
4 Hassan Jama, the director of the Abubakar As-Saddique Islamic Center in Minneapolis, shares a laugh with a woman on Wednesday, July 13, 2011, at a mosque event thanking volunteers for helping organize a recent convention. Jama says the center is trying to do more to make sure its youth stay on the right path. 
5 Gary McDaniel documents the interior of the Bell UH-1 "Huey" in St. Paul, Minn. April 27, 2011. The restoration crew is creating a manual to be used for reassembly as the Huey travels to various exhibits around the country. 
6 A young attendee of the 35W Bridge Remembrance Garden dedication and opening ceremony feels the waters fall over an inscribed granite wall in Minneapolis, Minn. Monday, Aug. 1, 2011. The wall is inscribed with the names of survivors of the bridge collapse and the words, "Our lives are not only defined by what happens, but by how we act in the face of it, not only by what life brings us, but by what we bring to life. Selfless actions and compassion create enduring community out of tragic events." 
7 Pickles the Clown makes balloon art for children at the National Night Out gathering at 38th Avenue North and Emerson Avenue in Minneapolis, Minn., on August 2, 2011. 
8 Cathie VanDanacker finds a quiet space backstage before performing in "Taiko Blast!" at Mixed Blood Theater in Minneapolis, Minn. Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011. 
9 David Wilson with the "Ole & Lena & the Great Big Walleye" production applies makeup outside the Mixed Blood Theater in Minneapolis, Minn. Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011. 
10 The sun sets as two paddlers make their way across Lac La Croix in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. 
11 Tristan Altman, 9, and his brother Dustin Altman, 10, listed the different animals on their family's property on Wednesday, August 10, 2011 in Brook Park, Minn. The family has had to cut back in many ways in order to make ends meet. 
12 American Legion members document President Barack Obama at The American Legion 93rd national convention at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minn. Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011. 
13 Competitors in the 4-H cattle show nap alongside their cows at the Minnesota State Fair in Falcon Heights, Minn., on August 26, 2011. 
14 Steve Malzacher of Rock Hill Fire Corporation scans the forest for hot spots after stamping one out Thursday afternoon north of Island River in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness while fighting the Pagami Creek Fire. Malzacher is from Duluth, Minn. 
15 Kelly Larsen, 49, of Bagley, Minn., led a group into the forest to harvest mushrooms as part of a Wild Food Summit on the White Earth Reservation on Friday, Sept. 23, 2011. The Fall Mushroom Foray was sponsored by the White Earth Tribal and Community College Extension Service, which runs wild food summits regularly. The summits are aimed at teaching people to identify, harvest, and prepare wild foods. They are organized by Steve Dahlberg, director of the extension program, who says returning to traditional foods can help create self-reliance.