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Scrambling down Main Street Moose Lake to find agates

Bringing something to carry the agates 
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The Annual Agate Days Stampede took place in Moose Lake, Minn., on Saturday, July 19, 2014. Trucks layered Moose Lake's main street with 400 pounds of agates, which were mixed in with 2,000 quarters and four tons of rock. An estimated 3,500 people practically dived over one another to try to find as many agates as they could.

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In Luverne, it's hot dogs all around

An entry in the Fine Art Hot Dog contest 
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Luverne, Minnesota held its 52nd annual Hot Dog Night on Thursday evening, where it's all about the dog. The festival included wiener dog races, a wiener dog beauty contest, a hot dog inspired art contest, music, and free hot dogs.

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Bean Hole Days takes baked beans to a new level

Beans, molasses and bacon go into the pot. 
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Since 1938, people in Pequot Lakes, Minn. have been gathering for the sake of beans. Bean Hole Days got its start when local businessmen held a bean feed to thank farmers for their support of area businesses. Today, thousands flock to Trailside Park to celebrate and dine on beans cooked overnight in cast iron pots covered in a wood-fired pit.

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Our favorite photos of obsessed World Cup fans in Brazil

Brazil fans are devastated while watching the first half on Copacabana Beach during the 2014 FIFA World Cup semi-final match between Brazil and Germany on July 8, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The winner advances to the final at the famed Maracana stadium. 
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FIFA, the soccer World Cup organizers, say there were more than 11 million ticket requests for the month-long event this year in Brazil. As the tournament progresses, we're collecting our favorite photos of just how emotional an colorful some of those fans can get.

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At the Twin Cities Hmong festival, athletes, artists and food share top bill

Dancers in Hmong costume with traditional elements from Iny Asian Dancer Theater take part in the Hmong Freedom Celebration and sports festival on Friday, July 4, 2014 at Como Park in St. Paul.  
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The Hmong Freedom Celebration 34th Annual Sport Festival, held at Como Park, had two days packed with soccer, flag football, and Hmong games Hmoob Tujlub and Ka tao, dancing, food and crafts.

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Henderson Sauerkraut Days are sweet and sour fun

Cooking sauerkraut 
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For more than 80 years, Henderson's Sauerkraut Days has celebrated pickled cabbage. The week-long festival features two parades, a classic car cruise, a softball tournament and music. It's capped off with a sauerkraut eating contest.

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Photos: US fans' World Cup hope and anguish in Minneapolis

Casey Carmody show his colors before the game. 
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Fans gathered at Nomad World Pub in Minneapolis to watch in hope and anguish as the U.S. and Portugal met in a tough game in the World Cup on Sunday, fighting in the end to a draw. Photojournalist William Matsuda documented the emotional highs and lows of the game.

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Photos: Kayaker braves raging Minnehaha Falls

Professional kayaker Hunt Jennings goes over Minnehaha Falls Thursday in Minneapolis. Watching his descent were members of his safety crew, including Shane Brink, Josh Fischer and Tony Locken. Jennings is from Chattanooga, Tenn. 
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Professional kayaker Hunt Jennings (backed by his professional safety team) took on the teeming waters of Minnehaha Falls Thursday evening, the same day Minnehaha Creek's water level reached an all-time record high, rising more than a foot and a half.

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North Star Grand Prix finale has uphill climb to finish line

Joy McCulloch wears a special honor jersey. 
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The North Star Grand Prix race in Stillwater last Sunday is considered the grand finale of the six-stage North Star Grand Prix, and puts riders to the test with the 24 percent grade climb up Chilkoot Hill. The women's race climbs the hill 14 times, the men's race 23 times.

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Photos: A stormy Juneteenth

Rain and smiles 
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With stormy skies overhead, Twin Citians gathered for the annual Juneteenth at North Mississippi Regional Park on Saturday. The event, which featured music, food and a variety of vendors, observes the 1865 proclamation abolishing slavery in Texas. Juneteenth is celebrated across the country, and the Twin Cities community event is one of the largest in the country.

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Photos: Green Line opening draws Cities to the rails

Saturday's Green Line launch linked St. Paul and Minneapolis with light rail. 
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Saturday's Green Line light rail grand opening celebrated the launch of the rail connection between St. Paul and Minneapolis with ribbon-cuttings, free rides, festivities -- and rain.

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Wizard of Oz festival celebrates Dorothy in Judy's hometown

Nattleia Saarela, of Hibbing, skips along a yellow brick path near downtown Grand Rapids Friday while in town for the town's "Wizard of Oz" Festival. 
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Grand Rapids, Minn.'s annual "Wizard of Oz" festival this weekend celebrates the 75th anniversary of the film's release.

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U.S. windsurfing championship comes to Minnesota

Windsurfing 
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A town doesn't have to be on a coast to boast some great windsurfing. Worthington, a town of about 12,000 in southwest Minnesota near the Iowa border, is playing host this weekend to the U.S. Windsurfing National Championships and Unvarnished Music Festival. Windsurfers from around the world will take to Lake Okabena to compete.

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Photos: At Lanesboro's rhubarb festival, it's about more than pie

Wrapped in rhubarb leaves 
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The annual Rhubarb Festival in Lanesboro marks the start of our weekly photo gallery of Minnesota festivals. Whether you want a rhubarb fashion show, rhubarb soups and beverages, or even rhubarb facials, Lanesboro was the place to be on Saturday.

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