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Photos: Santa's elves deliver

Getting dressed for work 
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Northeast Minneapolis resident Brandon Johnson had no idea when he started Better Image Tree Service seven years ago that one day his job would involve wearing tight yellow pants and a pointy hat. 29-year-old Johnson says that many colleagues in his industry plow snow in the winter, but that didn't appeal to him. So, in 2011, Santa's Tree Delivery was born.

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Photos: Celebrating Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Alejandra Briones as the Virgin of Guadalupe 
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Hundreds of parishioners gathered to honor the Virgin of Guadalupe on December 12, 2014, at the Church of the Risen Savior in Burnsville, Minnesota. The Catholic church celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe with music, dancing, tamales and evening Mass.

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Photos: Twin Cities protests highlight racism, brutality

Mario Cruz holds up a sign among protesters 
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Protests at the University of Minnesota, at a police station in south Minneapolis and marching down University Avenue in St. Paul all focused on racism and police brutality in the wake of the grand jury decision not to indict a white police officer in the killing of a black man in Ferguson, Missouri.

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Photos: Pomp and chainsaws for the cutting of the US Capitol Christmas tree

The Capitol Christmas Tree cutting ceremony began with securing lines to the crane. 
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An 88-feet tall white spruce is on its way to the nation's capital today after a ceremony and cutting on Thursday in northern Minnesota's Chippewa National Forest. Photographer Matthew McLaughlin was there to capture the scene.

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The Survivors: Portraits of Liberians who recovered

Nancy Paye, 20, who sells dry goods in an outdoor market, said she likely contracted Ebola from a friend, who died in her care. 
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The Ebola virus has a 70 percent mortality rate, according to the World Health Organization. However, survivors develop immunity to the strain that sickened them.

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