MPR photos of the week

People & Places ·

1 The CSL Tadoussac, which left the Duluth/Superior harbor on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, sails on Lake Superior near Sault Ste. Marie on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. Capt. Murray Latham (@LakerCaptain) tweeted that he's "seen worse days on Lake Superior in January." The ship's destination is Nanticoke, Ontario, on Lake Erie. 
2 Quarterback Joe Webb #14 of the Minnesota Vikings is tackled by inside linebacker Brad Jones #59 and defensive tackle Mike Neal #96 of the Green Bay Packers in the fourth quarter during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Lambeau Field on Jan. 5, 2013 in Green Bay. The Packers overwhelmed the Vikings 24-10. 
3 Shannon and Jon Cliff stand outside their home in Waseca, Minn., on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. The Cliffs spent $20,000 to repair the house after they found out it was sinking. As Minnesota's drought deepens this winter and the dry conditions that became more pronounced last summer have effectively been locked into frozen soil, some homeowners are dealing with problems left behind when the rain stopped last year. 
4 They're back: With a tentative agreement between NHL owners and players to end the lockout, Minnesota Wild players took to the ice for a practice an media availability Monday, Jan. 7, 2012 at Xcel Energy Center in downtown St. Paul. 
5 Workers hand-sort recyclables at Waste Management's Materials Recovery Facility in Minneapolis. Minnesota was an early leader in recycling, but in 2008 the recycling rate flattened out at 41 percent of waste discarded, and that rate has even started to decline in the last couple of years. 
6 Duluth Public Works and Utilities worker Scott Turner scoops a mix of mud and concrete into a dump truck Monday, Jan. 7, 2013 on Piedmont Avenue in Duluth, Minn. It's pretty easy to take drinking water for granted. Open the faucet and out it comes. But in recent days, major water main breaks in Minneapolis, Duluth and Sioux Falls, S.D. have highlighted the massive labyrinth of underground pipes that delivers water to homes and businesses -- and how the systems are showing signs of age. 
7 Rep. David Dill, DFL-Crane Lake, and other members of the House are sworn in during the first day of the legislative session at the Capitol in St. Paul, Minn. Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. 
8 Rep. Kelby Woodard's son, Kevin, examines the House chamber as his mother Donna looks on during the first day of the legislative session at the Capitol in St. Paul, Minn. Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. 
9 A group advocating for the rights of those who receive welfare rally outside the Senate chamber on the first day of the legislative session Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 at the State Capitol in St. Paul. 
10 Doug Benson of Robbinsdale, Minn., holds a sign outside the Minnesota House at the State Capitol in St. Paul, Minn., as the 2013 Legislative session opened Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. The lawmakers are expected to take up legislation regarding same-sex marriage this session. 
11 It's the bar where Golden Smog, Zuzu's Petals, and Semisonic all began, and where Dan Wilson first debuted his big hit "Closing Time." It's the bar where Bonnie Raitt hung out while in the Twin Cities to record her debut album. It's where First Ave stage manager Conrad Sverkerson kicked out his first rowdy patron. And it's where Peter Ostroushko was playing pool when he got the call to go play on Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks. It's the 400 Bar--and after decades of hosting live music, the West Bank institution has closed its doors and vacated its ancient two-story building on the corner of Cedar and Riverside Avenues. 
12 Parishioners gather for a service at St. Columba Episcopal Church in White Earth, Minn. on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. Music is a time honored part of worship in most religions. For many Ojibwe people in northern Minnesota, hymns are much more than an expression of religious devotion. They represent a unique piece of Ojibwe culture tribal that members are trying to preserve. 
13 Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau, center, with Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, left, and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, right, talked about stopping gun violence at a press conference during a Regional Gun Summit Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 at The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel. 
14 Crews assemble the boards for one of the 26 rinks used for the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships on Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. The eighth annual tournament is being held Jan. 18-20, 2013. 
15 Crews construct the array of 26 rinks and staging tent in preparation for the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships on Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. The eighth annual tournament is being held Jan. 18-20, 2013. 
16 St. Paul Police Officer Benny Williams, outside the home of a young runaway, and Officer Chris Stark, not pictured, spend some of their day visiting addresses around St. Paul to look for missing juveniles Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. 
17 Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio covers his head with a towel as he sits on the bench late in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. Oklahoma City won 106-84.