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A wave of memorable images: News Tribune photographers share top photos of 2017

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A gigantic wave slams Brighton Beach during the Oct. 27 storm in Duluth. The storm caused significant damage along the Lake Superior shore. Bob King / rking@duluthnews.com2 / 10
Minnesota Duluth hockey players Kyle Osterberg (from left) Jared Thomas and Nick Wolff react in their locker room after losing 3-2 to Denver in the Frozen Four national championship game at the United Center in Chicago on April 8. (Clint Austin / / 10
A pair of red-necked grebes work together to build a floating nest on one of the larger flowages at Crex Meadows State Wildlife Area near Grantsburg. Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com4 / 10
Drew Imes, co-owner of Superior Paddle Boarding, heads out from Brighton Beach to join a group of 17 other paddle boarders to watch the sun rise over Lake Superior on June 20, the summer solstice. Bob King / rking@duluthnews.com5 / 10
Sandra Troy of Duluth is happy to have her son, Rob Caskey, back after a 30-year separation. He was visitiing her while she was convalescing in St. Luke's hospital on Feb. 2. Bob King / rking@duluthnews.com6 / 10
Ellie Eaton, 3, of Duluth watches out her window as a black bear climbs down from a crab apple tree in the front yard of her home on the 4300 block of East Gilliat Street in the Lakeside neighborhood of Duluth on Sept. 20. According to neighbors the bear was in the tree eating crab apples for about an hour. (Clint Austin / / 10
A man points out the Blue Angels to a young boy on June 4 at the Duluth Air and Aviation Expo. Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com8 / 10
John Henrich of Plymouth, Minn., shotguns a can of beer at the finish line of the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon on June 17 in Duluth. (Clint Austin / / 10
Wolf No. 2829, a 73-pound male, looks back at researchers after they released it after fitting it with a GPS collar north of Duluth on July 11. Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com10 / 10

Monstrous waves, natural beauty, sports triumphs — and heartbreak: News Tribune photographers captured memorable images of them all, and much more, in 2017.

Each year, photojournalists Bob King, Clint Austin and Steve Kuchera travel extensively around the Northland and beyond, taking countless images. They document the lives and accomplishments of those who call this region home, and tell stories both weighty and whimsical.

We've shared their photos with you all year, in print and online. Now the three photographers have selected some of their favorite or most memorable images of 2017 to share again today.

We hope you enjoy this look back at the year that was — and we look forward to bringing you more great photography in 2018 in the pages of the News Tribune, and at