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Amsoil Arena ice crews use heavy machinery to remove the ice from the hockey rink Tuesday morning. Photos and video by Clint Austin.
The Minnesota Duluth men's hockey team advanced to the Frozen Four — taking place this week in St. Paul — for a second consecutive season for the first time since 1985. In preparing for this week's coverage in the News Tribune, I revisited the archive of my images from games this season to select photos to run with the articles that previewed the tournament. Here are my favorite images from the past season — enjoy. Photos by Clint Austin / firstname.lastname@example.org
Early morning is a favorite time of mine to visually explore places that I visit. There often is a sense of solitude and a quiet start to the day even if other people are around. The dramatic shift of color in a short period of time is an exciting way to see the world. Some days the color is fiery, saturated and bold. Other days colors are subtle, soft and muted. This January morning in Grand Marais created a magnificent display that offered a mix of both types of color as the sun rose through the sky. Photos by Clint Austin / email@example.com
Climbers gathered at Casket Quarry during the Duluth Ice & Mixed Festival hosted by the Duluth Climbers Coalition on Saturday afternoon in Duluth. Sport enthusiasts are planning on climbing in the park throughout the day again today. Photos by Clint Austin / firstname.lastname@example.org
Whiskey a 7-year-old Australian Shepherd sits in a coat belonging to her owner, John Hample of Richfield, Minn., in Casket Quarry during the Duluth Ice & Mixed Festival hosted by the Duluth Climbers Coalition on Saturday afternoon in Duluth. Temperatures were in the single digits with light snow Saturday in Duluth. Photo by Clint Austin / email@example.com
Driving through Duluth every day, there is so much infrastructure that I take for granted. One of these areas is the "can of worms" interchange in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Duluth. The area is formally known as the Twin Ports Interchange. This is where highways I-35, I-535 and U.S. 53 converge in a series of curving ramps, elevated freeways and bridges. Most of us have experienced the can of worms only from a moving vehicle. In coming years, the interchange is scheduled to be rebuilt and will not exist in the current format. Changes down the road will mean fewer bridges and more on-the-ground roadway. Recently at dusk, I explored the site on foot to see what I have driven over and past all these years.
The idea to create portraits of dogs came to me on assignment at the Twin Ports Dog Training Club recently. The variety of dog breeds is fascinating; the diversity of sizes, colors, and personalities is incredible. Instead of photographing dogs that have homes, I was drawn to the idea of making images of shelter dogs. Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth let me create portraits of dogs that call the life-saving shelter home.
About 50 people gathered near the Lakewalk at 40th Avenue East in Duluth on Thursday afternoon for the dedication of a bronze sculpture of Catsby, a well-loved cat that wandered the neighborhood. The gray-and-white cat, a favorite at Duluth East High School and at the nearby Ecumen Lakeshore senior living center, died when it was hit by a car a year ago. The sculpture, created by local artist Ann Klefstad, shows Catsby mounted on a boulder; it was paid for with money raised by a fun run in May.
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