THIS WEEK IN PHOTOS: Trying to beat the heat

Sunday, July 1, 2012 | 5:48 p.m. CDT; updated 6:28 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 2, 2012

Images of Columbia residents fighting the brutal heat were among the best Missourian staff photos last week.

A heat is taking over mid-Missouri. In this photo by Yi Gan, Ryan Mellick holds his 5-year-old daughter, Kristin Mellick, on the sprayground at Stephens Lake Park on Thursday afternoon.

A heat advisory was issued in Columbia for Thursday through Saturday, and Yi Gan seemed to be on the "heat beat" this week. Here, Maddie Perry, a sophomore at Rock Bridge High School, eats chocolate ice cream Wednesday afternoon while standing with a friend on Ninth Street. According to Tamra Coker, an employee at Sparky’s Homemade Ice Cream where the two girls purchased the treats, there has been a steady increase of ice cream sales since May.

In this photo by Amy Bruer, Sean Coder, left, and Devont'e Daniels work Saturday in the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture demonstration garden on Windsor Street. The garden was one of five stops during "Garden Cruise," a tour around gardens in Columbia intended to combine bicycling and gardening.

Caitlin Jones was on-scene for the Hy-Vee IronKids Triathalon. Brett Hollis, left, and Kyle Roberts sit and cool off after finishing the Hy-Vee IronKids Triathlon on Saturday at Stephens Lake Park. The two are members of the Run For God Tri Team, which came to the triathlon from Dalton, Ga., to qualify for nationals.

Laurence Bowers has a special bond to youth. In this picture by Carrie Durkee, Bowers practices a one-handed pass drill with Sam Rentzschler, 12, on Wednesday at Mizzou Arena. Youth basketball players came together to improve their playing skills and techniques.

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