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1 Youth specialist Michelle Barnes encourages 8-year-old Lamonte Brown as he works on learning to tell time Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013 at Pillsbury House and Theatre in Minneapolis. 
2 A scene in the art classroom Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 at Pillsbury House and Theatre in south Minneapolis. 
3 Plenty of cafes offer lattes and cappuccinos. The Lavvu Coffee House in Minneapolis is the only one with an 8-foot-tall tent next to the cream and sugar. 
4 Lavvu-maker Chris Pesklo has customers on every continent except Antarctica. On Feb. 12, 2013, he sews together two 20-foot-long strips of fabric, using the same type of machine that creates the standard seam stitch on jeans. 
5 A woman holds a large poster-size aerial photo of a silica sand mining operation in Wisconsin as opponents of sand mining expansion in Minnesota gathered for a news conference prior to a hearing before a joint House and Senate at the State Capitol Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, in St. Paul, Minn. 
6 A protester carries a sign denouncing frac sand mining in Red Wing, Minn., at the Minnesota Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, as lawmakers begin hearings on how best to regulating the booming mining business in Minnesota. 
7 An overflow crowd gathered in the state Capitol Rotunda for a rally calling for an end to gun violence Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, in St. Paul, Minn. 
8 Chris Pierce, a second-grade teacher, walks with an unidentified student in the gymnasium of Obama Service Learning Elementary School in St. Paul, in a photo taken Oct. 11, 2012. Pierce failed a writing basic skills exam multiple times before finally passing and gaining his Minnesota teaching license. 
9 University of Minnesota junior Sabrina Han rehearses before the UMN Chinese Students and Scholars Association New Year Gala at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minn., Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013. The University of Minnesota admitted its first Chinese student in 1914 and today there are more than 8,000 Chinese alumni that have worked or studied at the university. 
10 University of Minnesota senior Yuan Zhuang waits backstage during the UMN Chinese Students and Scholars Association New Year Gala at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minn., Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013. The University of Minnesota admitted its first Chinese student in 1914 and today there are more than 8,000 Chinese alumni that have worked or studied at the university. 
11 Jon Frasz of Northfield, Minn. displayed his opinion while an overflow crowd waitet to enter the gun control hearing at the state Capitol in St. Paul, Minn. Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. The Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by DFL Sen. Ron Latz, heard testimony on several gun-related bills. 
12 Attendees of a gun control hearing wait with their tickets, which were required to enter because of the high public interest, at the state Capitol in St. Paul, Minn. Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. The Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by DFL Sen. Ron Latz, heard testimony on several gun-related bills. 
13 A large crowd watched the gun control hearing from an overflow room at the state Capitol in St. Paul, Minn. Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. 
14 Minnesota Timberwolves' Andrei Kirilenko, right, of Russia, lays up a shot as Philadelphia 76ers' Lavoy Allen, left, defends and Evan Turner watches during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, in Minneapolis. 
15 Minnesota Wild left wing Torrey Mitchell (17) celebrates with Clayton Stoner (4) after scoring against Detroit Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek, rear, of the Czech Republic, during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, in St. Paul, Minn. Minneosta's Mike Rupp (27) and Mikael Granlund (64), of Finland, skate up behind. The Wild won 3-2. 
16 Jeremy Jones positions his kite on the Gull Lake ice Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 before letting the wind power him along the frozen surface of the lake near Nisswa, Minn. Jones was kite boarding with two of his friends in the cold February air. 
17 Jacquelynn Goessling and her son Thanh Goessling, a second grader, walk to school Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 in the Lyndale neighborhood in Minneapolis. Goessling said they both like snowy winter days. 
18 Snow-covered roads slow commuters driving toward downtown Minneapolis on I-35W Friday morning, Feb. 22, 2013 in Minneapolis.