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1 With her mail piled up in front of her and sections of her home's siding decaying after being damaged by flooding in June from nearby Moosehorn Lake, Linda Berg spends a few quiet moments by herself looking out toward Moose Lake Elementary school Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 at her home in Moose Lake, Minn. Berg has moved out of the house she has lived in for more than 50 years after it was almost totally destroyed in flooding from nearby Moosehorn Lake. 
2 An FBI diver from New York searches the Sauk River in Cold Spring, Minn. for evidence Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 in the killing of Ofc. Tom Decker. 
3 Support members have divers tethered while they search the Sauk River in Cold Spring, Minn., Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. Divers were looking for evidence and a 20-gauge shotgun used in connection of the fatal shooting of Cold Spring Police Officer Tom Decker Nov. 29, 2012. The FBI has joined the investigation. 
4 Bruce Kramer, who has ALS, at home Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 in the Hopkins condo he and his wife Ev Emerson moved to after his diagnosis. 
5 Christmas is Bruce Kramer's favorite time of the year. He and his wife Ev Emerson have decorated their tree with ornaments collected from the different countries they've lived in or visited. The blue recycled glass ball is from Egypt; the horse from Malaysia; and the garland is made from tiny Norwegian flags. 
6 Wade Anderson slides the concrete lid back over his well at his house near Worthington in southwest Minnesota Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012. The drought has caused Anderson's well, and others in the region, to run short of water. 
7 Gary Peterson plays the title role in "Scrooge in tha Hood," which is described as an urban reinterpretation of Charles Dickens's novella "A Christmas Carol." Peterson acts out his character's anger during a dress rehearsal in Minneapolis, Minn., on Dec. 19, 2012. 
8 Investigators place an evidence marker near a piece of evidence in the area around the railway tracks just below and east of Ayd Mill Rd., south of Summit Ave., in the wake of a police shooting of a suspect who allegedly attempted to rob the Kowalski's food store on Grand Ave. in St. Paul, Minn, Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. 
9 A student is carried to an ambulance at the Paynesville Area Secondary Schools building Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, in Paynesville, Minn. Several students reported feeling ill Tuesday morning at the school. The school was evacuated and area hazardous materials experts were called in to determine the cause. 
10 A statue of the Mayo brothers, Dr. Charlie, left, and Dr. Will brave the weather in front of the Gonda building in Rochester, Minn., Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. Parts of Southeast Minnesota were affected by the first significant amounts of snowfall this season. 
11 State Patrol officer Tim Freden investigates the wreckage from a rollover crash on Interstate 90 east of Austin, Minn., Thursday morning, Dec. 20, 2012. 
12 From left, Daniel Meier, 11, Matthew Thorn, 11, and Logan Smith, 12 all of Winona, Minn., share a sled while sledding down the hill at Bluffside Park Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, in Winona, Minn. 
13 Machines milk dairy cows in the milking parlor on Dave Buck's farm in Goodhue, Minn. Wednesday Dec. 19, 2012.