February in photos: Star Tribune photography

Minnesota in pictures, as photographed by the Star Tribune during the month of February, 2020. 

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Melvin Henderson danced with his granddaughter Zamora Walt during the 8th annual Father Daughter Dance held at Earle Brown Heritage Center on Sunday February 23 in Brooklyn Center.
Edgardo Silva walked home along E. 42nd St. after breakfast at Curran's Sunday morning, February 9. "I love the snow," he said. "I forgot my coat, but it's not really that cold."
Minnesota Twins pitchers warmed up before spring training practice on Friday, February 14 in Fort Myers, Fla.
Emily Carnell, 7, of Milwaukee, watched Minnesota Twins minor league players practice on Tuesday, February 11 during spring training in Fort Myers, Florida.
Polaroids from Minnesota Twins spring training in Fort Myers, Florida.
Icy covered junker autos lie in a heap as firefighters on Wednesday morning remained on the scene of a fire that has been burning for more than 24 hours at the Northern Metal Recycling plant in Becker on February 19.
"Reality is finally hitting. I have a lot of anger, hurt," says Tina Todd who is losing her home for the past 5 years. She feels hard pressed to find a similar apartment for the same price. About 15 South St. Paul vulnerable adults must now find new homes in a tight rental market after their landlord's rental licenses were revoked earlier this month as part of a city crackdown on companies that rent to.
Advocates gathered in the State Capitol to advocate a ban on child marriage in Minnesota at the State Capitol, Thursday, February 13, in St. Paul. Senator Sandy Pappas and Rep. Kaohly Her joined a constituency of advocates as they unveiled the End Child Marriage Bill (SF 1393), eliminating the loophole allowing 16 and 17-year-olds to marry.
Juvenile Atlantic Salmon swam near the window of their tank in the fish house. Workers at Superior Fresh, the first facility in the U.S. to grow Atlantic Salmon on land, picked greens and tended to fish Tuesday, February 25 at their facility in Hixton, Wisconsin. The massive indoor greenhouse and tank house raises both organic greens and Atlantic salmon indoors in an industrial level hydroponics system.
Austin High School basketball player Agwa Nywesh, right, watched videos on his phone with teammates Dieth Dupo as they returned home from an away game against Faribault in late December. Basketball and soccer have united Austin, Minnesota as it has become increasingly more ethnically diverse.
Agwa Nywesh celebrated in the student section after making a last-second basket to win Monday night's game against Mayo. He scored 30 points while wearing Kobe Bryant's No. 24, the day after Bryant was killed with his daughter and seven others in a helicopter crash. Basketball and soccer have united Austin, Minnesota as it has become increasingly more ethnically diverse.
Austin high school junior Jordan Ransom was flipped into the air by classmate Dieth Duop after they attended a soccer game at Wescott Field against Lourdes in September. The two are close friends and play basketball together, frequently hanging out in Ransom's basement, playing video games. Basketball and soccer have united Austin, Minnesota as it has become increasingly more ethnically diverse.
Minneapolis Fire Department firefighters work to put out a fire inside a commercial building along the 3700 block of Washington Avenue North on Friday, February 21.
Melanie Rucker, a deputy chief with the Minneapolis Fire Department, stopped at the casket of Ron Edwards to pay her resects during his funeral service Saturday, February 1. Edwards was instrumental in the desegregation of the Minneapolis Fire Department as mentioned later in the program by Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey as he proclaimed Saturday Ron Edwards Day in the city.
A couple walked along the lit path during the Luminary Loppet Saturday night on Lake of the Isles on Saturday, February 1.
Six-year-old Anderson examined his mother Darondra Willhite's new ring as about three-dozen couples publicly declared their love at the Hennepin County Government Center Friday, February 14, in Minneapolis. The Valentine's Day tradition allows couple to marry at no charge.
Amy Klobuchar returned to Iowa after being stuck in Washington D.C. for the impeachment trial. She spoke at a Get Out the Vote event at Crawford Brew Works in Bettendorf, Iowa, the first of four events around the state, on Saturday, February 1.
Lisa Bellanger held her granddaughter Samantha Sage Cobenais close as they participated in a rally and walk for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, from the American Indian Center, Friday, February 14 in Minneapolis.
Augsburg wrestlers Gabby Skidmore and Emily Shilson, far right, worked the heavy ropes for strength and endurance during practice. The Augsburg women's wrestling team practiced in Minneapolis on Wednesday, January 15. The 2019-20 season was the first season for women's wrestling at Augsburg.
Augsburg wrestlers Savannah Vold, left, and Vayle-Rae Baker warmed up together before their home dual meet. In its first ever home dual, the Augsburg women's wrestling team got a 30-12 victory over the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point during a meet at the Si Melby Hall on the campus of Augsburg University in Minneapolis on Sunday, January 19.
After practice, Augsburg wrestlers Gabby Skidmore, from left, Bel Snyder and Savannah Vold relaxed and joked together. The Augsburg women's wrestling team practiced in Minneapolis on Wednesday, January 15. The 2019-20 season was the first season for women's wrestling at Augsburg.
Brandi Carlile performed at the Fillmore Minneapolis in Minneapolis, Minn., on Wednesday, February 12.
Choreographer James Sewell, who is celebrating the 30th anniversary of his company James Sewell Ballet this year, poses for a photo in front of dancers: left to right: Jarod Boltjes lifting Chloe Duryea, Ashley Chin-Mark, Andrew Lester on top of barre, Da�Rius Malone, Arimee Gambill.
Dogs awaited the start of the Klondike Dog Derby, a 40-Mile Sled Dog Race set for Lake Minnetonka on February 9.
Gabe Daley, 24, picks up a newborn calf to move it from the maternity barn where it was born to a separate barn for calves on Daley Farms of Lewiston on Feb. 17. Daley and his cousins are the next generation of dairy farmers that plan to continue the family business.
Minnesota Golden Gophers center Daniel Oturu (25) reacted after his team hit back to back 3 point shots against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Williams Arena on Sunday February 16.
The Andover boy's hockey team celebrated after defeating Elk River 8-1 in the 7AA Section Championship on on Thursday February 27 in Amsoil Arena in Duluth.
A waning gibbous moon rose over the horizon of Lake Superior beside the Duluth Harbor North Break Water lighthouse in Canal Park in Duluth on Sunday evening, February 9.