MPR News photos of the week

People & Places ·

1 Donna Koski sits in front of her house in Thomson, Minn. Sunday afternoon, June 24, 2012. The home sustained heavy damage from last week's flood. 
2 Welcome to summer! Kathy Kasten, owner of Another Time Ice Cream Parlor & Chocolates, greets customers outside her store in Lanesboro, Minn. Kasten and her husband, Ron, bought the shop in late April 2012. While there's a population of homegrown Lanesboro residents, a community of "urban expatriates" there who have opened tourism-based businesses. 
3 Christopher Oquist, center, works on an assignment about goal-setting during a summer school health class Thursday, June 21, 2012 at South High School in Minneapolis. The Minneapolis School District is working to take some of the sting and stigma out of summer school for soon-to-be freshmen, by giving them high school credit for their work. 
4 A table in Evelyn Wolf's house in North Mankato, Minn., is covered June 7, 2012, with items she has saved, including photographs of her late brother Eldon "Don" Case's fiancee and the caretakers of his grave in Holland. 
5 There's been widespread criticism of housing pregnant hogs in stalls, like this one at the University of Minnesota's Southern Research and Outreach Center in Waseca, Minn. Farmers say it's the most efficient way to raise pigs. 
6 Victor Lynch, right, tosses items from his stepdad's home into a dumpster Monday afternoon in Barnum, Minn. while Rob Svoboda, left, waits his turn. Lynch and Svoboda were both disposing of items that could not be salvaged after flood waters swamped the town last week. 
7 Volunteers help Laughing Loon farmer Dayna Burtness weed and side dress her tomato plants Tuesday, June 26, 2012 near Northfield, Minn. Floods and hail in mid June damaged or destroyed some of the farm's crops. 
8 Mark Frey surveys the aftermath of flooding in his neighborhood of Fond du Lac Tuesday morning in Duluth, Minn. 
9 While in town to kick off her national tour at the Minnesota Zoo, folk-country rocker Brandi Carlile stops by The Current for an in-studio performance. 
10 A memorial in front of the home on the 4500 block of Bryant Avenue N. Wednesday, June 27, 2012 where 5-year-old Nizzel George was killed while sleeping inside Tuesday morning. 
11 Chris Stump, 26, a staffer for Exodus International, arranges books for sale at the group's annual conference at Northwestern College in Roseville, Minn. Stump came out as gay when he was 15, but says he has felt a shift in his attractions from men to women. 
12 A torrent of water rages from the Thomson Dam Wednesday morning near Thomson, Minn. as a construction crane works on restoring a portion of Highway 210 that was washed out after last week's heavy rains. It's been over a week since heavy rains pummeled the area and water flow through the dam still easily exceeds what is seen during a typical Spring runoff. 
13 U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., speaks after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Obama's health care law, on June 28, 2012 in Washington, DC.