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Photos: A day in the life of an all-female tattoo parlor

Needling 
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When it comes to tattooing, male artists outnumber females by an estimated six to one. Jackalope Tattoo, with its all-female staff, is a reaction to that. On any given day, the Minneapolis shop is a blend of combat boots and kitty cats.

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Photos and video: Spectacular aurora display overpowers city lights

Northern lights over Brighton Beach in Duluth 
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Starting Monday afternoon, June 22, 2015, and lasting well into Tuesday morning, a strong geomagnetic storm hit Earth and resulted in a dazzling display of northern lights that was visible much further south than average.

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Rat, tat, tat: Drumming creates rhythm, builds connections

Music teacher Justin Depaolis-Metz guided second-graders Jakob Mauch, Abdi Hassan and Verolyne Wilson in an early morning drum circle activity at Kennedy Elementary School in April. 
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Kennedy Elementary music teacher Justin Depaolis-Metz started a drum circle as a way to create community and build connections at his Fargo school.

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Photos: An unusual special session

A ticket for the special session 
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Friday began a special legislative session unlike any other. Locked out of the State Capitol because of construction, lawmakers argued, caucused and voted in the confines of the Senate Office Building.

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Photos: St. Anthony Falls and the changing Minneapolis riverfront

St. Anthony Falls around 1860 
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The story of St. Anthony Falls is inextricably tied to the story of Minneapolis, where a city grew up around more than 150 years of attempts -- some successful and some disastrous -- to yoke the only waterfall of the longest river in North America.

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Photos: A look back at the West Publishing riverfront

The 1896 West Publishing Company building 
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As Ramsey County prepares to tear down the former headquarters of West Publishing and the old Ramsey County Jail, it's a good chance to take a look back at photos that illustrate the history of West Publishing, and the St. Paul riverfront.

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Photos: For a long-married couple, a bluebird devotion

Chuck and Hope Lea, who are both 87 years old, walked from one of the more than 40 bluebird nesting houses they monitor at Belwin Conservancy in Afton, Minn. Monday, May 4, 2015. The couple has been volunteering at Belwin for 23 years, monitoring and recording bluebirds twice a week through most of the spring and summer. 
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For 23 years, Chuck and Hope Lea, both 87, have tended to bluebird nest boxes in hopes of rebuilding the songbird's population in the St. Croix Valley.

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