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Out with the old school, in with the new in Wells

Starting school at a brand new school 
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Classes started Wednesday for United South Central Schools' students in the southern Minnesota town of Wells. The new academic year means the celebration of a new building as well as an opportunity to honor memories at the old.

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Celebrating the spud, in all its forms

Wrestling in mashed potatoes 
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Since it began in 1938, Potato Days in Barnesville, Minn., is the annual celebration of the spud. The two-day event, held Aug. 22 and 23 this year, attracted thousands of people, and featured more than a dozen potato-centered competitions -- everything from mashed potato wrestling to a strongman contest.

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Biggest earthquake to hit California in 25 years leaves mess in its wake

Nina Quidit cleans up the Dollar Plus and Party Supplies Store in American Canyon, Calif., after an earthquake on Sunday. Quidit and her husband woke up in the early morning hours thanks to the store's alarm company. The couple immediately drove in to begin cleaning. The 6.0-magnitude quake caused six significant fires, including at four mobile homes, said Napa Division Fire Chief Darren Drake. 
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A strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck the heart of California's wine country early Sunday morning, causing injuries, structural damage and power outages. The quake struck about six miles south of Napa and lasted 10 to 20 seconds depending on proximity to the epicenter, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It was the largest to shake the San Francisco Bay Area since the magnitude-6.9 Loma Prieta quake struck in 1989.

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Water woes in California hit historic lows

Low water levels are visible at Lake Oroville on Tuesday in Oroville, Calif. The Lake is currently at 32 percent of its total 3,537,577 acre feet. 
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As the severe drought in California continues for a third straight year, water levels in the state's lakes and reservoirs are reaching historic lows. A series of recent images from the air help put the water shortage in perspective.

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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. Photojournalist Jeffrey Thompson checked in on how it's 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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