Star Tribune photography: August in photos

August, 2019 in photos by the Star Tribune photography staff. Top photo by Aaron Lavinsky. 

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Jarryd McNeil clears the pipe during the Moto X Step Up event in front of U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on the first day of X Games competition.
Ruth Venegas and Zeek Ramos joined a sea cave tour with Lost Creek Adventures at The Apostle Islands National Lake Shore.
Gophers wide receiver Tyler Johnson.
Danny Enloe, 5, swings a rope in The Hideaway at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. As of this past spring, the Enloes became full-time traveling concessionaires at fairs around the country, "road-schooling" their two youngest sons,
Minnesota Twins' Luis Arraez dives head first into first base, trying to beat the tag of Royals firstt baseman Cheslor Cuthbert in the 7th inning. Arraez was out on the play.
Grace McCallum warmed up on the balance beam before a crowd of young fans at Twin Cities Twisters.
St. Clawed jumped over Sookie during the Amazing Acro-cat performer at In the Heart of the Beast Theater.
Siblings from Plymouth get the triple stroller treatment on busy Judson Avenue. From left is Michael Gust, 2, Monley, 3, who was enjoying some cotton candy, and Michael's twin sister Lavinia.
Fair goers on the swings at the "Kidway" from below at a kids height at the Minnesota State Fair in Falcon Heights, Minn.
4-H'er Hannah Hulinsky of Otsego pushed another cow out of the way as she washed a Holstein behind the Cattle Barn at the Minnesota State Fair.
While Andrew Wolf, 15, left, held up the tarp to shelter members of Trail Life USA, a Christian based youth outdoors group, at the Minnesota State Fair. Joel Jensen, 8, and Grayson McDowell, 7, right, enjoy a little chit chat about the hail, rain that just fell on them as they waited to take part of the daily parade.
Creative Activities judge Rosemary Heines judges the apple pie category at the Minnesota State Fair.
Members of Irish dance group Corda Mór leave the stage after performing at the first day of the Irish Fair on Harriet Island.
Kari Wagner worked on a painting while Carrie Ingish, a therapeutic recreation specialist with Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare, held the palate for her.
Nadirah Aden, left, 8, and Luci Howatt, 8, peered at each other from two bubble windows of a Chinook helicopter while exploring the inside. The Project Scientist: Summer STEM Academy for Girls camp participants visited the Minnesota Air National Guard Aviation Facility to experience Chinook and Blackhawk helicopters and learn about aviation at the St. Paul Downtown Airport
Kristi Donahue, a neighbor to the church, got emotional while photographing the demolition of the former St. Andrew's Church in Como Park. "This building was the heart of our neighborhood."
Zaid Ahmed, 17, from left, Eesa Masood, 11, and Muhaimin Mohammed, 12, all of Blaine, reacted as goats were slaughtered for Eid al-Adha at Geneva Meats in Geneva, Minn. Eid al-Adha is also known as "Festival of the Sacrifice."
Maurice Jacox, veteran Twin Cities singer-saxophonist, who after 50 years on the scene has released the first album under his name.
Mick Sondergard from New Germany, Minnesota, posed for a tintype portrait with his old barrel riding champion belt at the Minnesota State Fair.
Merrill Corp. CFO Tom Donnelly stood for a portrait on the rooftop balcony of the Baker Center in Minneapolis, Minn.
“Will you be nice?” Grace Bingham got to ask Sen. Amy Klobuchar this question in Iowa Falls before bursting into tears, darting away. Klobuchar followed, talked quietly with Grace, who has only known of President Trump, who she thinks is too mean.
Essie Mckenzie, flanked by her mother Shenna Galloway and sister Alexis Mckenzie, asked for prayers for her daughters who where trapped in a van fire in a Walmart parking lot. One of the daughters died from injuries.
The northern lights about 25 miles due north of Duluth at about 11pm.
Stella Leny-Johnson participated in a few of the dance routines put on by Sansei Yonsei Kai, the last Japanese dance group in Minnesota, during the Japanese Obon festival at Como Park.
A young Minnesota Vikings cheerleader took to the field before the Minnesota Vikings took on the Arizona Cardinals at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Minnesota Vikings' Danielle Hunter during a portrait session.
Minnesota United defender Michael Boxall, right, and Colorado Rapids defender Keegan Rosenberry (2) vie for the ball during the second half of an MLS soccer match in St. Paul, Minn.
A squirrel darted across the field while the Minnesota Twins' Jorge Polanco was at bat in the fifth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Target Field.