Some events that grabbed Americans' attention the most in 2014 played out on a smaller stage in Minnesota, from questions of race and policing to Ebola, terrorism, and the Republican resurgence. Former Gov. Jesse Ventura returned to the national stage when he won a defamation lawsuit against the estate of the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history. Minnesota decided to join other states in experimenting with medical marijuana. And as the nation shivered through a polar vortex, Minnesota led the way.
In a hospital room filled with signs of love, Julie Prater lay surrounded by friends, her husband, Luke, at her side and her day-old daughter, June Lane, in her arms, the infant she calls "our little miracle baby."