MPR News photos of the week

1 Caroline Cruys, left, and Kevin Yingling work together on a ropes course exercise on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, at Camp St. Croix in Hudson, Wis. The two are part of the Augsburg College's StepUP program designed to help students recovering from alcohol or drug addiction. 
2 Produce at the downtown St. Paul Farmers Market on Sept. 1, 2012. There's no statewide effort to collect surplus produce from farmers markets, but vendors at many markets donate to their local food shelves or food banks. 
3 A view of the Cummings Lake Fire from a canoe on the lake. 
4 These are tough times in dairy barns like the one on Marshall Korn's farm near Atwater, Minn., in a photo from Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. High feed costs are cutting profits. 
5 Thirty-eight year old Jef VanSyoc is a south Minneapolis artist blacksmith. He owns and operates VanMadrone Metalworks, located in the former Purity Bakery Company building. 
6 A lab in Grand Forks, N.D., is able to process up to 10 goose eggs per day. Researchers there are extracting antibodies from egg yolks through an elaborate purification process. The hope is to develop a treatment for viral diseases including West Nile and avian flu viruses using goose antibodies. 
7 Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak speaks during day one of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on September 4, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. 
8 Framed by a fishing net, divers Gary Montz, left, and Jodie Hirsch with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources plan their route during a check for zebra mussels in Rose Lake on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. Copper sulfate was applied to a small area of this northern Minnesota lake last fall in hopes of stopping a zebra mussel infestation. The divers found no zebra mussels on Wednesday, but officials say it will be another year or so before they know if the effort is successful. 
9 New citizens wave American flags at a naturalization cereomy on Aug. 6. Among those taking part: 89.3 The Current's DJ Mark Wheat. 
10 Mary Gustafson holds up a letter that her 9-year-old son Carter Gustafson, right, wrote urging Minnesotans to vote no on the proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012 during an event, Uniting All Families, at Lynnhurst Park in Minneapolis. Joining Gustafson at the podium was her partner Jenny Simmonds and their younger son Charlie Gustafson, 6. 
11 Jason Hilger rappels down the Ecolab Corporate Center on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012 in downtown St. Paul, Minn. The event, called "Double Dog Dare," is a fundraiser for the North Star Council, Boy Scouts of America. Participants had to raise $1,000 in pledges to rappel down the skyscraper. 
12 Minnesota Twins starting pitcher P.J. Walters gets pulled from baseball game against the Chicago White Sox during the sixth inning, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, in Chicago. 
13 Los Angeles Sparks guard Kristi Toliver (20) tries to steal the ball from Minnesota Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen (13) in the second half of a WNBA basketball game, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, in Minneapolis. The Lynx won 88-77. 
14 This Aug. 30, 2012, photo shows a sugar maple tree's leaves as summer winds down and fall approaches along Snively Road in Duluth, Minn.