THE WEEK IN PHOTOS: Cold, warmth and Valentine's Day in Columbia

Sunday, February 19, 2012 | 6:32 p.m. CST; updated 8:20 p.m. CST, Sunday, February 19, 2012

COLUMBIA — Images of popular Columbia events and photos documenting a week that began with snow and ended with warmth were among last week's best photos by the Missourian staff.

In a photo by Timmy Huynh, Nicki Everett, a junior at MU, cleans off her windshield before heading off to work Monday. Though snow often causes mayhem, Missouri residents adjusted to it when it arrived at the beginning of the week.

In a photo by Timmy Huynh, workers in the back of the My Secret Garden flower shop rush around to arrange a large number of Valentine's Day orders. Florists had to make sure no sweetheart in Columbia was left letdown for the holiday.

In a photo by Megan May, Mark Manhken, a third-generation Legacy Beef rancher, samples chili during the Rootin' Tootin' Chili Cookoff on Saturday. The competition, which was held for its seventh year in a row, featured 51 different teams. The Boys and Girls Club of Columbia will receive all proceeds from the event. Last year's cook-off attracted 1,500 people and raised $65,000.

In a photo by Timmy Huynh, Megan Ferguson has her hair fixed by a teammate after her first-place balance beam performance at the Hearnes Center on Friday. Competing for No. 3 Oklahoma, Ferguson tied with teammate Erica Brewer during the Sooners' 197.400-196.375 win over the Tigers.

In a photo by Megan May, two climbers enjoy the chance to rappel at Capen Park for the first time. The warm weather attracted many people to the park Friday to enjoy some outdoor activities. 

In a photo by Sam Gause, five members of team Preston Superheroes run into the water during the Polar Bear Plunge on Saturday at Stephens Lake Park in memory of Preston Sights who died in June. About 430 people participated in this year's event, braving the 39-degree Fahrenheit water to support Special Olympics Missouri.

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