Minnesota Scenes: August

1 Sunset view from the seventh floor of the Treasure Island Casino. 
2 A girl rests with her cows during opening day of the 2013 MN State Fair. 
3 Locomotive 2719 crosses the French River. 
4 Maria Isley took this picture of her dog, Nader, after Nader took a dip in the very cold lake, on a hot day on the North Shore in August. One of the best ways to stay cool on a summer day in Minnesota! 
5 The Lowry Hill Liquor Store sign 
6 The Peacemaker at the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge. Okay, it was last month, but we couldn't resist one more tall ship photo. 
7 Orchard visitor near the French River. 
8 One of the wolf cubs at the International Wolf Center in Ely. 
9 Lake Superior sunrise at Two Harbors 
10 A garden harvest medley of summer fruits from the garden. 
11 A Buckeye butterfly lands on purple coneflower. Garden of Judy Krause in Golden Valley. 
12 The outside of one of Clint McMahon's favorite Minneapolis buildings. On the lower level is a home store in the North Loop area of Minneapolis. 
13 This area of Knife Lake is very close to the fire in the BWCAW. When they released the closure map, Dawn LaPointe says was an odd feeling to have just been in that area and recognize the location of the fire, the nearest campsite, and the surrounding area. She and her husband, Gary L. Fiedler (shown here), left the Boundary Waters last Sunday. On Tuesday the DNR discovered a fire near this location, and Wednesday much of the area they explored was closed.