I started my career in photography after graduation from Moorhead State College with photography positions at the Daily News in Wahpeton, ND. , Country Echo in Pequot Lakes, The Journal in New Ulm and settling at the Brainerd Dispatch in 1975. I have been teaching fine art black and white and color photography at Central Lakes College for the past 15 years. Currently I have been teaching Underwater Photography for Central Lakes College and the Minnesota School of Diving for the past 7 years. From May to November you can find me at the Mineland Recreation Area either scuba diving and photographing the fish or enjoying the beauty of our area’s newest lakes.
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Brainerd VFW Color Guard member Matt Gilgenbach salutes during a ceremony at the All Veteran's Memorial this morning near The Crow Wing County Historic Courthouse. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls
Mary Aalgaard carries used clothing in the snow Wednesday to Lord of Life Lutheran Church for the 1st Annual Adult Clothing Giveaway at the Baxter church. Gently used clothing and boots are being collected from 9 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and will be distributed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the church. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls
Myrtle Starks (left) and her daughter Laura Billman walk into Center Township Hall north of Merrifield early Tuesday to cast their votes. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls
Photo of voters heading to polling early on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. Photo by Steve Kohls
Forestview fifth grader Skylar Doerr is assisted by Sertoma volunteer Karen Owen during hearing screenings Monday at the school. This week all Forestview 5th and 7th graders will be screened for vision and hearing by District 181 nurses. The Sertoma organization provides hours of volunteer time to assist the district nurses and also provides funds for medical care for students with hearing concerns. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls
Crosby Range Elementary School sixth grader Nick Yeager plays Zeus, King of the Gods during a presentation of a wax museum by the class Friday. This year's theme was Greek mythology. The wax museum had four rooms with different themes: Titans, gods and goddesses, heroes and monsters, and how mythology influenced the Greek culture. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls
Construction is complete at the Pennington Mine Lake water access in the Cuyuna Country Recreation area in Ironton. Included in the improvements are the Huntington Mine Lake carry-in canoe access, the road to Miner's Mountain Overlook, 96 parking spaces, bike changing stations, a picnic shelter, a new walkway access to the waterfront and a boat cleaning and drain area. In the Yawkey Mine Unit three yurts were built for year round camping. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls
Former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass addressed the audience Wednesday at Central Lakes College, Brainerd Campus as part of the Verse Like Water visiting poet program. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls
Harrison third graders Emma Monahan (left), Matt Toews, Wyatt Cronin and James Horton handle a kohlrabi Monday during lunchtime at the school. October is Farm to School month and University of Minnesota Extension educator Carolyn McQueen has been working with the school's third graders, The Farm on St. Mathias, which is a distributor for Sprout Minnesota, a food hub, is providing food for all the cafeterias of all District 181 schools from 40 area farmers. As part of their education, the students met farmers who brought purple carrots and kohlrabi for sampling.
During a rainstorm in southwest Alaska's Katmai National Park a few years ago, I was tucked under a roof with a California photographer. As the rain poured down, we talked about a place where you could photograph polar bears. It was in Alaska, not in the better known polar bear spotting location of Churchill, Manitoba. It was in that rainstorm I learned there were people who could take you to a native village and the Inupiatq guides would take you out to the bears. Well, the seed was planted and my next bear adventure was about to take shape.