Photos: In Duluth, youth league hockey is an outdoor-only sport

Wyatt Zappa, a mite two for the Portman Hockey Club, waits around during a break in action last Friday during the Glen Avon jamboree. Mites are 8-and-under players. 

Duluth has seven independent youth hockey organizations that play at their own volunteer-run neighborhood rinks. One big advantage is that outdoor hockey -- when parents maintain the rinks and the city pays for water and lights -- is largely free.

Photos: The winners and near-winners of Iowa's caucuses

Caucus-goers line up Monday night outside a Democrat Party caucus held at Maple Grove Elementary in West Des Moines, Iowa. The turnout in Iowa was deemed historically large. 

This year's iteration of the Iowa caucuses featured a historically large turnout and a handful of surprising twists.

Photos: Sled dog racers prep for John Beargrease marathon

Ward and Colleen Wallin prep a team of sled dogs for a practice run last week at their Silver Creek Sled Dogs property near Two Harbors, Minn. 

In a time when the number of kennels is decreasing and many mushers are giving up racing, Colleen and Ward Wallin continue to invest in the sport and industry.