Photos: 'Faces of Minnesota' gives us a look at ourselves


Spring means lambing season in Minnesota
1 Spring means lambing season in Minnesota: Dave Ellison releases a 3-day-old lamb after a bottle feed in the barn at Northcroft Farm near Pelican Rapids on April 5, 2013. By that morning, Ellison and his wife, Joan, background, had welcomed about three dozen new lambs. By the end of April, they had between 60 and 70. "That's partly because we have so many triplets," Joan Ellison said. 
Remembering war veterans around the world
2 Remembering war veterans around the world: World War II veteran Ernie Lamson salutes for the Pledge of Allegiance during a Veteran's Day Ceremony at the Vietnam War Memorial at the State Capitol on November 11, 2013. Lamson, 91, served in the 82nd Airborne Division. 
Holy SpringCon, Batman! Comic book lovers come out to play
3 Holy SpringCon, Batman! Comic book lovers come out to play: Four-year-old Max Moore, dressed as Robin, is taken aback by Batman next to the Batmobile at SpringCon, the Minnesota Comic Book Association's spring event at the Minnesota State Fair Grounds in Falcon Heights on May 18, 2014. 
Great Lakes surfing, Superior style
4 Great Lakes surfing, Superior style: On Lake Superior there's a thriving scene of about 50 surfers who brave the frigid water for waves they swear compare to some of the best surfing in Hawaii or California. Wearing neoprene wetsuits, they congregate at Stony Point north of Duluth, where 12-foot waves can curl and break on icy rocks. It's a dangerous sport, but for these surfers, like Eric Wilkie of Webster, Wis., the adventure and camaraderie help thaw their numb feet and hands on Feb. 11, 2013. 
Lizzo on self-acceptance
5 Lizzo on self-acceptance: Rap and hip-hop artist Lizzo says she's gone through phases of being overweight, and of being thin. "And then when I met in the middle, and just decided to let my body do what it wanted to do and focus on what's important to me -- which is music and performing and making sure somebody heard the song and had a better day -- when I took the focus off of myself for a while, and I looked back at myself, I realized that I liked what I saw." St. Paul | Nov. 17, 2015 
Innovative playground designed for kids of all abilities.
6 Innovative playground designed for kids of all abilities: Eleven-year-old Ben Anco got to do something new in summer 2016: he went to a playground. Madison's Place in Woodbury, the Twin Cities' largest fully accessible playground, has wheelchair-friendly ramps, sensory play equipment and shaded areas that make it possible for Ben to play with his brother and friends on June 22, 2016. 
Minnesota Varsity Showcase Concert
7 Minnesota Varsity Showcase Concert: Inside the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, musicians prepare for the start of the Minnesota Varsity Showcase Concert, a classical music showcase for young musicians and composers ages 14-18 from around the region on May 1, 2016. 
Family, friends mourn Philando Castile
8 Family, friends mourn Philando Castile: Mourners of Philando Castile, the black man killed by a St. Anthony police officer during a traffic stop, comfort each other outside his funeral at the Cathedral of St. Paul on July 14, 2016. 
The winter's first snow at Lake Bemidji
9 Minnesotans greet the first winter storm of the season: Minnesota's first winter storm of 2016 brought blizzard warnings, wind and bad visibility. That didn't stop this biker from taking a ride near Lake Bemidji on November 18, 2016. 
Bella Dawson of the young grunge-punk trio Bruise Violet
10 The Current's 11th Birthday Party: Bella Dawson of the young grunge-punk trio Bruise Violet, also made up of Emily Schoonover and Danielle Cusack, play First Ave. for the Current's birthday party. They have a raw, hard-hitting sound older than their actual ages -- Schoonover and Dawson are still in high school and Cusack is in the first half of her college career. January 23, 2016 | Minneapolis 
Southeastern Minnesota still swamped after a deluge of rain
11 Southeastern Minnesota still swamped after a deluge of rain: In September 2016, a deluge of rain left residents of several southeastern Minnesota towns cleaning up debris, pumping water and trying to manage wastewater systems. From left, Marion Spear, Randy Spear, Buck Goebel and Darryl Moe watch water from the Le Sueur River flow across Park Street. 
Saying goodbye to Jacob Wetterling
12 Saying goodbye to Jacob Wetterling: The disappearance of Jacob Wetterling had Minnesotans searching for 27 years before his body was found in September 2016. Here, some of the 2,800 attendees at Jacob's public funeral on the campus of the College of St. Benedict pay final respects on September 25, 2016. 
Take Back the Tutu
13 Challenging body image: St. Paul City Ballet dancers perform as part of "Take Back the Tutu," in partnership with The Emily Project, which used photography and social media to draw attention to National Eating Disorder Awareness Week on February 2, 2014, in St. Paul. 
Couples celebrate same-sex marriage in midnight ceremonies
14 Couples celebrate same-sex marriage in midnight ceremonies: Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak declares the marriage of Margaret Miles, left, and Cathy ten Broeke official as the first same-sex couple to be wed in the state of Minnesota. Their 5-year-old son Louie celebrates with them just after midnight on August 1, 2013. 
Twin Cities Liberians lean on faith to fight Ebola
15 Twin Cities Liberians lean on faith to fight Ebola: Marie Tolbert sings a song with the crowd during an Ebola victims memorial service at Cross of Glory Lutheran Church in Brooklyn Center on October 19, 2014. Hundreds of Liberian-Americans in the Twin Cities attended the prayer service designed as a call to arms to fight the disease. 
Bringing the heart of the craftsman to the stone of the Capitol
16 Bringing the heart of the craftsman to the stone of the Capitol: Master stone carver Mark Wickstrom selects a tool while doing exterior restoration at the state Capitol on April 6, 2015. The Capitol's multi-year, $310 million top-to-bottom renovation is nearly complete; while it reopened to the public earlier this year, officials won't celebrate the grand opening until August. 
Escaping Iraqi violence, Kurds find safe harbor in Moorhead
17 Escaping Iraqi violence, Kurds find safe harbor in Moorhead: The arrival of five members of a Kurdish family was cause for a celebratory feast at the home of Newzad and Sheelan Brifki on November 20, 2014. There are about 1,100 Kurdish people living in the Fargo-Moorhead area. 
Winona fire wrecks historic buildings, Islamic Center
18 Winona fire wrecks historic buildings, Islamic Center: One of the largest fires in Winona history swept through parts of downtown early on a Friday morning, Sept. 13, 2013, wrecking historic buildings and businesses and chasing 16 people from their homes. 
Farewell ceremony for Red Bulls
19 Farewell ceremony for Red Bulls: Gov. Mark Dayton joined a crowd of hundreds for a rainy goodbye ceremony at Fort Snelling for 2,400 Minnesota National Guard members set for a yearlong deployment. The guardsmen were sent to the Middle East to support Operation New Dawn, the drawdown phase of U.S. military operations in Iraq. May 22, 2011 | St. Paul 
At Twin Cities Hmong festival, athletes, artists and food share top bill
20 At the Twin Cities Hmong festival, athletes, artists and food share top bill: A dancer in a traditional Hmong outfit from Iny Asian Dancer Theater takes part in the Hmong Freedom Celebration and sports festival on July 4, 2014 at Como Park in St. Paul. More than 20,000 people attended the two-day event, one of largest international gathering of Hmong people in the world. 
This Minneapolis man is on a mission to hand out needles, Narcan
21 This Minneapolis man is on a mission to hand out needles, Narcan: Lee Hertel is a local activist who provides clean syringes and naloxone to opioid users. In the last five years, his underground operation has distributed thousands of doses of naloxone to street drug users, who are at high risk of heroin or opioid painkiller overdose, here on September 23, 2015 in Minneapolis. 
Home vigil honors a mother's last wish
22 Home vigil honors a mother's last wish: On a morning in April 2012, a hospice nurse told Anne Conley's family that she would likely die that evening. Conley had been diagnosed with breast cancer less than a year earlier. When she knew she was dying, she decided to hold a three-day vigil at her home instead of a traditional funeral. Members of the Minnesota Threshold Network, which helped her plan her "home death," surround her and sing during those final days. 
Young artist in residence
23 Young artist in residence: Bassist TianYang Liu, winner of numerous solo competitions, was Young Artist is Residence in 2014, playing for Performance Today in the Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Recording Studios on Feb. 19, 2014. The artists-in-residence program features musicians who spend time performing for student audiences. 
Red River flood fight moves north of Fargo-Moorhead
24 Red River flood fight moves north of Fargo-Moorhead: Floodwaters make travel very difficult in parts of the Red River Valley on April 11, 2011 as dozens of roads are under water, including a portion of Interstate 29 north of Fargo. As the Red River continues to fall in Fargo-Moorhead, the focus of the flood fight moves north as the river affects smaller communities. April 11, 2011 | North of Moorhead 
Gunshot to head killed Jamar Clark in police shooting
25 Gunshot to head killed Jamar Clark in police shooting: Nekima Levy-Pounds, then president of the Minneapolis NAACP, kneels in the middle of I-94, refusing to leave after police declared the gathering illegal on November 20, 2015. Angry protesters were demanding the release of a surveillance video from a building across the street from where Jamar Clark, 24, was shot by a police officer in Minneapolis. 
Tall Ships Festival returns to Duluth
26 Tall Ships Festival returns to Duluth: Crewmembers Melissa Borauner and Chad Lossing tend the sails of the Pride of Baltimore II. Nine majestic sailing ships evoking the nation's nautical past sailed into the harbor during a Grand Parade of Sail, signaling the start of the city's five-day Tall Ships Festival on July 25, 2013. 
TU Dance seeks to inspire more dancers of color
27 TU Dance seeks to inspire more dancers of color: Teacher Darwin Black and student Lydia Salazar, 8, warm up during a modern dance class at TU Dance on July 10, 2015. The dance company, which offers classes and workshops, recently moved to a new facility along University Avenue in St. Paul. 
Researchers investigating black bears move to new habitats
28 Researchers investigating black bears move to new habitats: University of Minnesota grad student Mark Ditmer, right, weighs a bear cub while Krista Rothstein, a graduate of the University of Minnesota's biomedical engineering program, watches during a research outing to learn more about how bears are adapting to habitat in northwest Minnesota where bears traditionally did not live on March 8, 2011 in Marshall County. 
Stunning aurora borealis lights up Duluth skies
29 Stunning aurora borealis lights up Duluth skies: The northern lights dance over Boulder Lake north of Duluth. Sky watchers were treated to spectacular aurora displays across Minnesota as a geomagnetic storm played in Earth's magnetic field on March 17, 2015. 
Abortion opponents hold Good Friday vigil
30 Abortion opponents hold Good Friday vigil: Hundreds of opponents of legalized abortion gathered for an annual prayer vigil outside the largest provider of abortion services in the state on Good Friday 2012. They rallied outside the new Planned Parenthood of Minnesota headquarters in St. Paul, some with crosses and other with signs on April 6, 2012. 
Kayaker braves raging Minnehaha Falls
31 Kayaker braves raging Minnehaha Falls: Professional kayaker Hunt Jennings goes over the Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis on June 19, 2014. It was the same day Minnehaha Creek's water level reached an all-time record high, rising more than a foot and a half. 
Vikings' first day of football training camp
32 Vikings' first day of football training camp: Twelve-year-old Bryant Brunz squeezes his autographed Viking's helmet into position to get more signatures on the first day of training camp on July 26, 2013 in Mankato. 
Rain can't dampen Cinco de Mayo
33 Rain can't dampen Cinco de Mayo: A member of an Aztec dance troupe performs at the annual Cinco de Mayo parade and festival on St. Paul's West Side. Despite the overcast day, the music, food and cultural celebration went on, May 4, 2013. 
In Winona, a surprising cluster of high-tech firms
34 In Winona, a surprising cluster of high-tech firms: Zak Ambuhl moves canoes around in the storage area of Wenonah Canoe to prepare them for shipping on July 21, 2015. Winona, a city of 28,000 residents, is home to Minnesota's largest cluster of composites manufacturing, using plastics reinforced with fibers to create a lightweight but strong material. 
A look back at the orchestra's trip to Cuba
35 A look back at the orchestra's trip to Cuba: Music Director Osmo Vanska conducts the Minnesota Orchestra during a concert at the Teatro Nacional in Havana, Cuba on May 16, 2015. The orchestra's Cuba tour was the first by a U.S. orchestra since President Barack Obama announced plans to normalize relations with the island nation. 
Getting paid in sunsets
36 Getting paid in sunsets: A lone motorboat cruises through island channels in Voyageurs National Park on August 7, 2016 outside International Falls. "What I've come to appreciate about Voyageurs is that it gives the beauty and the wildness of the Boundary Waters and makes it accessible to folks who wouldn't do a canoe, kayak or hiking trip," said Mary Binger, who's been a ranger at Voyageurs for six years. 
Dessa, Parts of Speech
37 Dessa, Parts of Speech: Singer and rapper Dessa performs songs from her album "Parts of Speech" at a release show at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul on June 22, 2013. 
The brutal Arrowhead 135 Ultra
38 The brutal Arrowhead 135 Ultra: 141 people attempt to run, bike or ski through Minnesota's north woods as part of the Arrowhead 135 Ultra, named for the length of the race. They stopped for a breather on January 27, 2014. When the challenge started in International Falls, the official air temperature was 24 degrees below zero. 
Powwow season kicks off in Minneapolis
39 Powwow season kicks off in Minneapolis: Patrick LeGrande entertains his daughter Zhoomi during Augsburg College's sixth annual Traditional Powwow in Minneapolis on March 29, 2014, sponsored by the Augsburg Indigenous Student Association. 
Dancing with the Spin Collective
40 Dancing with the Spin Collective: Denise Cooper joins members of the Spin Collective dancers as the sun sets on the shore of Lake Superior at Park Point in Duluth on May 8, 2012. They soak small orbs in fuel and set them afire. Then, wielding them at the end of chains or long metal arms, they begin twirling the orbs in what's called a poi dance. 
Omar becomes nation's first Somali-American lawmaker
41 Omar wins MN House seat; nation's first Somali-American lawmaker: A phone camera was one of the many lenses capturing history in Minneapolis when Ilhan Omar won a Minnesota House seat on Election Day 2016, making her the nation's first Somali-American legislator. 
Mine layoffs bring new calls to remake Iron Range economy
42 Mine layoffs bring new calls to remake Iron Range economy, but into what? The Hull Rust-Mahoning Mine in Hibbing has been in operation since 1895 and supplied as much as one-fourth of all iron ore mined in the U.S. during the two World Wars. A combination of nine open mine pits forming one of the largest open mine pits in the world, this operation produces around eight million tons of taconite pellets annually, here on March 31, 2016 near Hibbing. 
Ali Newman is a hip-hop artist who performs under the name Brother Ali.
43 Being Muslim in Minnesota: Ali Newman, 38, is a hip-hop artist who performs under the name Brother Ali. He's a member of the Minneapolis-based Rhymesayers hip-hop collective, and the father of a teenage son and a 7-year-old daughter. Newman converted to Islam in 1993 as a teenager in Minneapolis, where he still lives. His faith, he said, influences his music, his family and all aspects of his life. Minneapolis | Jan. 14, 2016 
Coach Matt Mathias is followed by mighty mites.
44 Duluth youth hockey keeps it old-school, outdoors: Portman Mite One coach Matt Mathias is followed by a crowd of Mighty Mites as he clears snow from the ice prior to a practice at the Portman Hockey Club on Feb. 2, 2016. As youth hockey in Minnesota moves increasingly to cozy but expensive indoor arenas, Duluth stands out: The city is home to one of North America's last all-outdoor youth hockey leagues. 
Minnesotans flock to the fair
45 Minnesotans flock to the fair; Shows at the Grandstand at the State Fair are part of the timeless experience of the Great Minnesota Get-Together, here on Sept. 4, 2015. 
Snocross king Tucker Hibbert keeps racing and life in control
46 Snocross king Tucker Hibbert keeps racing and life in control: Tucker Hibbert is king of snocross, snowmobile racing's most eye-popping, television-friendly and dangerous event. "People think that the jumps are the craziest just because they look so intense. ... But the jumps are the easiest obstacle on the whole track. That's where we get to rest a little bit. You get up in the air and you can breathe and let your body relax a little bit and get ready for the rest of the pounding," he said. March 1, 2013 | Fertile 
Como Park High School seeks to rewrite its story
47 After year of bad press, Como Park High School seeks to rewrite its story: Nasue Xiong, a student at St. Paul's Como Park Senior High School, watches her fellow ROTC cadets march in a color guard drill on November 18, 2016 in St. Paul. Programs like the Junior ROTC helped Como students and teachers move past the events of early 2016. 
Santa's elves deliver Christmas cheer, trees
48 Santa's elves deliver Christmas cheer, trees: Brandon Johnson shaves as he gets ready to go work for his seasonal business, Santa's Tree Delivery on Dec. 12, 2014 in Minneapolis. Employees deliver Christmas trees to families and businesses dressed in elvish attire, and "elves can't have stubble," he said. 
Memorable moments in going back to school
49 Memorable moments in going back to school: Sixth-grader Najib Mohamed gets a warm welcome -- and a pencil -- from principal Lori Lockhart, in a first day of school tradition at Horizon Middle School in Moorhead on Sept. 3, 2013. 
Celebrating the spud, in all its forms
50 Celebrating the spud, in all its forms: Eleven-year-old twins Connor and Logan Haberman and their cousin Austin Asher, 6, all of Pequot Lakes, pose for photos following their mashed potato wrestling bout during Potato Days in Barnesville on Aug. 22, 2014. The annual event features more than a dozen potato-centered competitions -- everything from potato sculpting to a strongman contest.