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See the Vikings stadium start to take shape

A large support beam structure is painted as construction on the new Vikings stadium continues in downtown Minneapolis. 
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Construction on the new Minnesota Vikings stadium started last December. When complete in 2016, the building will rise about 300 feet above ground, house 65,000 seats and cost upward of $1 billion. Photojournalist Jeffrey Thompson checked in on how construction is going.

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Photo gallery: Welcome to the fair

It was a wet opening morning Thursday for the 2014 Minnesota State Fair in Falcon Heights, Minn. 
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The Minnesota State Fair kicked off Thursday morning and marked historic changes, an annual parade of new foods (some on a stick!) and the unofficial start to campaign season.

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Tons of corn, free for all

Owen Meek gets in on the corn fest 
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Cow chip throwing, tractor pulling, fun runs and a street dance were capped off by a free all-you-can-eat corn feed and a parade on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014 at the Plainview Corn on the Cob Days festival. The crowd went through seven tons of corn in four hours.

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Chaotic scene captured in Ferguson, Mo.

Police stand watch as demonstrators protest the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown this week in Ferguson, Mo. The St. Louis suburb has experienced three days of violent protests since the killing. 
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Residents in Ferguson, Mo., have complained about what they called a heavy-handed police presence that began with the use of dogs for crowd control soon after Brown's shooting -- a tactic that for some invoked the specter of civil rights protests a half-century ago.

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Minnesotans go to the polls for 2014 primary

Minneapolis resident James Bordewick displayed an "I voted" sticker on his T-shirt after casting a ballot in Tuesday's primary election at United Methodist Church in Prospect Park. 
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Minnesotans -- at least a few of them, anyway -- will take a short break from summer to tend to Tuesday's primary election.

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Garlic festival highlights growers -- and eaters

Irene Bender, dressed as a garlic bulb 
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The Minnesota Garlic Festival description is as the "premier event for lovers of garlic," and there was garlic everywhere -- being eaten, worn and judged. Saturday in Hutchinson at the McLeod County Fairgrounds, brave souls even sampled the garlic ice cream.

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Run, log roll, saw, fish, eat, compete in Grand Marais

Autumn Pechan taking on the cross cut saw 
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Competition, food, music, arts and water came together for the 85th annual Fisherman's Picnic in Grand Marais. Runners, log rollers, lumberjacks, fisherman and herring eaters all competed on the shores of Lake Superior.

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Photos: Olimpiacos beat Manchester City in Minneapolis match

Jesus Navas, Kevin Mirallas, Giannis Maniatis 
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Dimitrios Diamantakos scored twice in regulation and Roberto Jimenez Gago made two saves in a shootout to help Olimpiacos beat Manchester City 5-4 on penalty kicks Saturday after a 2-2 tie in the International Challenge Cup game.

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Two friends bond with each other -- and their culture -- at camp

Learning to ride 
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For Nevaeh Hoffman, 12, and Gabrielle Dow, 11, learning doesn't stop in the summer months. The two friends from Redwood Falls, Minn., have spent their past few summers attending the Dakota Wicohan camp where they learn and practice aspects of their Native American culture, including riding, language and their favorite -- hoop dancing.

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Pipestone Pow Wow grows from reunion to celebration

Starting the dance 
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Pipestone hosted its 15th Annual Pow Wow this weekend. It began as a reunion of students from the Pipestone Indian School, and has grown to include dancing and drumming, a native food cook-off, and hand-crafted art.

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Ghost Walk combines history and shivers

Chuck Ness leads a Ghost Walk in Pipestone. 
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On Saturday nights during the summer in Pipestone, Minnesota, a Ghost Walk tour meets on Saturday at twilight at the Pipestone County Museum to walk through the city, hear stories of hauntings and bizarre incidents, and learn a little history along the way.

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Ramadan: An alternate view

A Muslim man reads the Koran while observing a spiritual seclusion called Itikaf at the East London Mosque on July 24, 2014 in London, England. 
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Ramadan, when Muslims around the world observe their faith by fasting from sunrise to sunset, abstain from impure thoughts, read the Koran, pray, and think of God, ends on July 29. Getty photojournalist Dan Kitwood offers this alternate view of Ramadan, at a mosque in London, in black and white images created and edited on a smartphone.

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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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