What the lights of Minneapolis look like from space [GIF]

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Lately, we've really been into looking at the landscape of Minnesota from above. Whether it's these amazing drone photos, or this secret Minnesota-shaped forest, we've been getting a whole new perspective on our home thanks to modern technology.

Now here's the latest cool thing: a GIF that shows the lights of Minneapolis contrasted against a street map so you can see where the most activity is at night. The GIF was created by a redditor and posted to the Minnesota subreddit yesterday.

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How the Minnesota-shaped forest was created [PHOTOS]

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The world discovered last week that there is a Minnesota-shaped forest in Williams, Minnesota, which you can check out yourself on Google Maps.

But one question remained: How did this come to be? We contacted the state Department of Natural Resources and scoured historical photos of the site on Google Earth, and we think we have the answer.

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I can't stop staring at this forest shaped like Minnesota [PHOTO]

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A forest shaped exactly like Minnesota has been discovered in Williams, Minnesota.

An eagle-eyed Redditor spotted the familiar shaped cluster of trees on Google maps and posted a screen shot of his find.

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White House website about Minnesota turkeys works smoothly, sparks misguided concern

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Unlike a certain other website his administration has created -- *coughObamacarecough* -- the Obama administration's 2013 National Thanksgiving Turkey one works great!

Visitors to the site are asked to choose between Caramel or Popcorn -- two Minnesota-raised turkeys who are the finalists to become this year's winner. On the site, you can "learn about each bird, listen to their gobble and then make your selection."

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Not the Onion: Matt Birk wants to be a model [PHOTO]

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Birk before (left) and after (right).
As Matt Birk did the media rounds and blasted Obamacare a few months ago, many observers of Minnesota politics thought the newly retired NFL offensive lineman might end up being the Republican challenger to Sen. Al Franken in 2014.

SEE ALSO: Matt Birk refused White House trip because President Obama is pro-choice

We suppose that could still happen. But in the meantime Birk has gotten into... modeling?

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Lindsey Vonn cheating on Tiger Woods, reportedly

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Lindsey and Tiger during happier times.
Well... you can't say Tiger didn't have this coming to him.

SEE ALSO: Lindsey Vonn exposes almost everything in Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue

According to the National Enquirer, Tiger Woods's girlfriend, St. Paul native and Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn, was seen swapping spit with another man following a Justin Timberlake and Jay Z concert in Miami last month.

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Bemidji mayor offended by how state's new MNSure ads portray Paul Bunyan as a "doofus"

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The state's suggestion that Bunyan is not only mortal but also clumsy doesn't sit well with Bemidji officials.
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From the Taking Yourself Too Seriously files:

Bemidji Mayor Rita Albrecht is offended by how the state's new MNSure health exchange ads have fun with Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox, two Minnesota folk heroes that are closely associated with their huge roadside statues in Bemidji.

SEE ALSO: Not the Onion: Fox 9 runs story about helping outdoor workers stay hydrated with water [VIDEO]

What exactly does she find offensive, you might ask? Nothing more than the mere suggestion that Paul is a bit clumsy and prone to accidents that require a trip to the hospital.

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Karen Nyberg, Minnesota astronaut, shares amazing shots from space [PHOTOS]

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Vining, Minnesota, native Karen Nyberg is currently aboard the International Space Station, and in recent weeks, she's gotten in the habit of snapping pics of Earth from way up high and sharing them on Twitter.

SEE ALSO: Astronaut snaps picture of Twin Cities from space [PHOTO]

Nyberg, who is working as a mechanical engineer and as an expert on environmental and thermal controls, even managed to snap a photo of her hometown. You can see some of her best shots below the jump. (And to check out her full profile, click here.)

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"Cubicle Guy" who videobombed Anthony Weiner presser is former WCCO newsman [VIDEO]

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Cubicle Guy peers over his cube to take in yesterday's Weiner news conference.
As the latest hard-to-fathom Anthony Weiner -- aka, Carlos Danger -- allegations spread around the internet like wildfire yesterday, the disgraced former Congressman and aspiring NYC mayor decided to hold an impromptu press conference to try and douse some water on the flames.

SEE ALSO: U of M baseball players pull off incredible videobomb during interview of coach [VIDEO]

As it turned out, the most viral thing from the news conference wasn't anything Weiner said -- it was the bizarre behavior of "Cubicle Guy," the professional-looking, glasses-wearing dude who could be seen peering over his cube at Weiner and his understandably uncomfortable-looking wife, Huma Abedin, while they spoke in an NYC newsroom.

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Vince Flynn dies at 47

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Best-selling Minnesota author Vince Flynn died earlier this morning at United Hospital in St. Paul after a long battle with prostate cancer, WCCO reports. He was 47.

During his 16-year career, Flynn authored more than a dozen political thriller novels, including the Mitch Rapp series. He was an outspoken conservative and frequently appeared on Glenn Beck's Fox News show. He graduated from St. Thomas and worked as a bartender at Tiff's, Plums, and O'Gara's while working on his first book.

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