Over the course of a year, The Free Press Media photographers see a lot of moments go past our lenses. We capture many of them to share with our readers each day.
Some of those moments turn into images that stick in our minds long after the moment has passed. These are some of our favorites. We hope you enjoy them as much as we have.
JF Favorites 1
Samantha Kulinski performs an aerial act at Cirque Italia. The circus was set up in the River Hills Mall parking lot.
JF Favorites 2
Najma Mohamed, 8, shows her tutor the henna on her hands while doing homework at the Islamic Center in St. Peter.
JF Favorites 3
Zach Hoehn of Waseca stays on the ground in front of the Mankato East bench after making a three-pointer and being fouled during a game.
PC favorite 1
The raw emotion on Minnesota State’s Nick Rivera’s face as he hoists the WCHA championship trophy after scoring the game winning goal in overtime in March made this one of my favorite photos.
PC favorite 2
An aerial view shows the unique work Australian artist Guido van Helten is doing on a mural on the Ardent Mills silos.
PC favorite 3
The desolation is apparent as Bethany Lutheran College student Abbie Hislop walks toward a nearly deserted campus after an overnight snowstorm.
JF Favorites 4
A stunt plane flown by Michael Wiskus comes daringly close to a jet powered truck called the Shockwave driven by Chris Darnell at the Minnesota Air Spectacular this summer.
JF Favorites 5
Scott Dille from Wisconsin watches the Winter Slam Demolition Derby from the grandstands at the Nicollet County Fairgrounds in St. Peter
JF Favorites 6
From left, George Kailer, Debbie Kailer and Althea Walton gather around Emmy Lou, a Pomeranian who won best of winners, best of opposite sex and top female in Pomeranians at the Key City Kennel Club dog show at the Nicollet County Fairgrounds.
PC favorite 4
Minnesota State University student Khulud Hassan holds a flower during a vigil for the victims of a mosque shooting in New Zealand. Her contemplative connection with the flower she held showed a true international connection.
PC favorite 5
I can’t count how many times I’ve looked at the steps of Cherry Ridge Apartments during a snowstorm and hoped to see someone shoveling. I finally saw it during one of the myriad of snowstorms last winter, and it made one of my favorite snow shoveling photos.
PC favorite 6
A more Mankatoan side of Gov. Tim Walz showed as he pets the family cat Afton after arriving home at the Governor's Residence.