Ramadan: An alternate view
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.
Scrambling down Main Street Moose Lake to find agates
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.
In Luverne, it's hot dogs all around
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.
Photos: Shipwrecked cruise ship floats again
The ship was set upright in September, and then crews fastened huge tanks to its flanks, like water wings, to float it.
Off to the (turkey) races at Pelican Fest
The annual Pelican Fest is a two-day festival celebrating the best of Pelican Rapids, Minn., and embraces traditional fun and games like bingo, water fights, parades, a classic car show and bean bag toss tournament.
Bean Hole Days takes baked beans to a new level
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.
Our favorite photos of obsessed World Cup fans in Brazil
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.
In dance performance, story unfolds floor by floor
The Turnblad Mansion -- from its kitchen to bathroom to stairwells -- is the set for the world premiere dance-theater piece KOM HIT! (Swedish for "Come here!").
At the Twin Cities Hmong festival, athletes, artists and food share top bill
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.
Henderson Sauerkraut Days are sweet and sour fun
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.
Photos: Even though the rain has stopped, the waters keep rising
Across the southern part of Minnesota, the waters continue to rise in spite of drier weather. Roads and highways are closed, basements are flooded, and the sand bagging goes on.
In Perham, turtles are a cause for celebration
Perham's annual Turtle Fest pits turtle against turtle in races and brings folks from all over to cheer them on. Photojournalist Derek Montgomery stopped by to capture the not-so-speedy fun.
Photos: US fans' World Cup hope and anguish in Minneapolis
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.
Photos: Kayaker braves raging Minnehaha Falls
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.
It just keeps raining. And raining.
Record rainfalls Thursday added to what's been a miserable week of rain, causing flooded streets, farm fields and homes.
North Star Grand Prix finale has uphill climb to finish line
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.
Photos: A stormy Juneteenth
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.
Photos: Green Line opening draws Cities to the rails
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.
Wizard of Oz festival celebrates Dorothy in Judy's hometown
Grand Rapids, Minn.'s annual "Wizard of Oz" festival this weekend celebrates the 75th anniversary of the film's release.