MPR photos of the week: Endless winter; gun debates, Bachmann at CPAC, 'On The Road'

1 Two days before the official first day of spring, a blizzard prompted the closure of the on-ramp to east-bound Interstate 94 in Moorhead, Minn. on Monday, March 18, 2013. 
2 Members of the Mackinaw stow mooring lines after the ship left the dock behind the DECC, Duluth, Minn., Sunday, March 17, 2013. The Mackinaw is busy breaking ice in the Twin Ports in preparation for the upcoming shipping season. 
3 Rep. Michael Paymar, D-St. Paul, testifies before his own public safety committee at the State Capitol as he took questions about his bill which would require universal background checks for gun buyers Tuesday, March 19, 2013, in St. Paul, Minn. He later withdrew the bill for lack of support. 
4 Daily Circuit host Kerri Miller practices holding and aiming a hand gun in the classroom with instructor Steve Hallin Tuesday, Mar. 19, 2013 at Bill's Gun Shop and Range in Hudson, Wis. Miller paid a visit to the range as part of a story about women and guns. 
5 New Prague Middle School students who had been evacuated to a nearby building return to school after a false report of a shooting at the school Wednesday morning, Mar. 20, 2013. Shortly afterward, they were dismissed from school for the day. 
6 One of the desserts at Parka, the restaurant that shares a building with Forage Modern Workshop, is banana cream pie garnished with vanilla cream, banana jam and chocolate Friday, March 15, 2013 in Minneapolis. 
7 An orchid arrangement hangs from a tree at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory in St. Paul, Minn. Wednesday, March 20, 2013. 
8 Margaret Yeakel-Twum waters plants in a greenhouse at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory in St. Paul, Minn. Wednesday, March 20, 2013. Yeakel-Twum, who takes daily refuge from the cold in the Conservatory's warm climate, said "This job will keep you sane." 
9 Gov. Mark Dayton speaks to a overflowing crowd at the Duluth Public Safety Building in Duluth, Minn. Wednesday March 20, 2013 while hosting the first of a series of "town hall" meetings throughout the state to discuss his proposed budget. Dayton went on the road to sell his tax and spending proposals in Duluth, meeting a mostly friendly audience but also finding critics for his plan to raise taxes on the wealthy and smokers and his support for expanded background checks for guns. 
10 Teachers taking part in a culturally responsive teaching program offered through St. Mary's University work in pairs to talk about their goals and how their coursework will be incorporated into their classrooms Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at Oak Ridge Elementary School in Eagan. The teachers are learning to see the world through their students' eyes in hopes of chipping away at the achievement gap between white students and students of color. 
11 Brazilian director Walter Salles first read Jack Kerouac's "On the Road" while growing up under that country's military dictatorship, and longing for the freedoms he found in the book. He has since read the novel dozens of times, and spent five years retracing Kerouac's travels and meeting survivors of the Beat Generation, in preparation for making the film. 
12 Django Django multiinstrumentalist Tommy Grace in The Current studio. 
13 Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., speaks at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) March 16, 2013 in National Harbor, Maryland. After shunning the media spotlight for months, Bachmann's speech has gotten plenty of media attention. The problem is, it's the not the kind of attention the 6th District Congresswoman was probably hoping for. 
14 This July 2011 photo shows Iraq War veteran Pete Linnerooth and his two children, Jack and Whitney, in Lake Tahoe during his wedding to Melanie Walsh. Though Linnerooth moved to California, he remained an attentive, loving father. He'd fly to Minnesota often and while in California, he'd call his children every night. But early this year Linnerooth, Bronze Star recipient, admired Army captain, devoted father, turned his gun on himself. He was 42.