MPR News photos of the week

People & Places

1 Mohamud Mumin, left, and Ahmed Hirsi unroll large-format photographs on March 23, 2012, in preparation for Mumin's solo exhibit at the Whittier Gallery in Minneapolis, Minn. The photography show celebrates Somali men who are making positive contributions to the Twin Cities. 
2 Kevin Beyer, general manager for Farmers Mutual Telephone Co., in Bellingham, Minn., stands among an assortment of spools containing fiber optic cable near Dawson in western Minnesota on Friday, March 23, 2012. This $10 million project is being funded with stimulus dollars to increase broadband capacity in Lac qui Parle County. 
3 Richard Venberg, left, and his father, Bill Venberg, dine at Pracna in the St. Anthony Main area of Minneapolis, Weds., March 28, 2012. Minneapolis city officials are updating the preservation guidelines for the St. Anthony Falls Historic District, which includes the St. Anthony Main area. 
4 Minnesota Timberwolves guard Wayne Ellington (22) drives to the basket against Memphis Grizzlies defenders Marreese Speights (5) and Tony Allen, left, in the first half of an NBA basketball game on Tuesday, March 27, 2012, in Memphis, Tenn. 
5 U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., signs autographs during a tea party "Hands Off My Health Care" rally at the Upper Senate Park March 27, 2012 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. 
6 Pasque flowers in bloom Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at Lyndale Park Peace Gardens in Minneapolis. 
7 A gray squirrel transports a nut at Battle Creek Regional Park in Maplewood, Minn. Tuesday, March 27, 2012. 
8 Mike Breidenbach, Macalester College's director of piping, plays the bagpipes for a portrait on campus Tuesday, March 27, 2012 in St. Paul. The Macalester College Pipe Band will play a spring concert on Saturday evening at Celtic Junction. 
9 Elle Scott, left, and Tanja Scott of Minneapolis, embrace during the OutFront Minnesota Lobby Day of Action at the Capitol in St. Paul, Minn. Thursday, March 29, 2012. Elle, who is transgendered, has been married to Tanja for 15 years. The couple joined hundreds of others to rally in opposition of the proposed constitutional ban marriage of same-sex couples. 
10 Jeff Edelen removes taps and containers used for collecting maple sap near his home in Forest Lake, Minn. Wednesday, March 28, 2012. Edelen said the warm spring slowed the trees' production, and he collected only about one-quarter of usual amount of sap this year. 
11 Minnesota's Andre Hollins, left, and teammate Rodney Williams, right, react during the second half of the NIT college basketball tournament final against Stanford Thursday, March 29, 2012, in New York. Minnesota lost the game 75-51. 
12 Demonstrators hold signs during a demonstration, dubbed "One Thousand Hoodies for Trayvon Martin Support Rally," protesting the death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin and to demand justice for his killer, Thursday, March 29, 2012, on Northrop Plaza at the University of Minnesota Minneapolis campus.