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Cool castles: Ice palaces of the Winter Carnival

The first Winter Carnival ice palace was built in 1886 at Central Park between Cedar and Minnesota streets (now a parking ramp for the State Capitol). It was illuminated at night with electric lights using color globes. It took three weeks and 200 men to build the 106-foot-tall palace. 
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There's a new icy attraction this year at the Winter Carnival: a royal courtyard. An ice palace could return in 2018.

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Photos: Marchers #ReclaimMLK

Marchers gathered at Snelling and University. 
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Marchers celebrated Martin Luther King Day with a walk from Snelling and University Avenues to the State Capitol steps, where they listened to speeches, chanted protests and remembered those who lost their lives in police shootings.

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Our favorite photos of 2014

Ominous clouds over Minneapolis 
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As the year draws to a close, we took a look back at some of our favorite photographs of year -- images that give us a glimpse into the people, places and events that helped shape life in Minnesota in 2014.

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Ho, ho, hmm: Where's Santa Claus? Everywhere!

St. Nick visits Eidem Homestead in Brooklyn Park, Minn., on Dec. 7. Eidem Homestead is a 10-acre living history farm restored to represent the years 1890-1910. 
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When he's not in his workshop or up on a rooftop, the jolly old elf shows up in shopping malls, sports bars and even a museum.

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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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