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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Clair McKay (left) and Halyn Holbrook walk hand-in-hand during the Teddy Bear Parade in downtown Brainerd Wednesday. The event was part of Brainerd History Week with the day devoted to children's activities. (Brainerd Dispatch/ Steve Kohls) Video and Gallery
Evergreen Cemetery Board Member Duane Blanck leads one of the historical walking tours Tuesday of Evergreen Cemetery. This year's tour traces the final resting places of prominent Brainerd citizens who owned homes on the north side of Brainerd. (Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls)
If it has a motor and wheels and can be fabricated, Merle Gallant has probably built it or can figure out how. When Gallant was 12 years old, his father bought a 1929 Model A Ford. The Ford eventually became Gallant's first car and he drove it to high school. Gallant went to school to become a machinist and began to race cars at North Central Speedway south of Brainerd. The life of building and racing and creating parts with no form or die is common to the mechanic, Gallant said. During this time, Gallant was working as a machinist at the Burlington Northern Shops in Brainerd.
Allen Weyaus, Post 53 Am-vets Commander, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe (left) and Howard Cronquist, American Legion Color Guard stand with the colors at the All Veterans Memorial in Brainerd. Monday was designated as a day to honor our veterans during Brainerd History Week. (Brainerd Dispatch/ Steve Kohls) Video
Jennie Planer (left), Sarah Aamot, Laurie Chamberlain, Steve Anderson and Joe Yager, as the Icejam Quintet perform Rookery Blues songs Sunday night at Prairie Bay Restaurant for attendees of the first Jon Hassler Festival. The two-day event continues today at Central Lakes College and includes many noted people in the Upper Midwest literary world discussing their friend, Jon Hassler. (Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls)
Michelle Johnson takes a moment to smell the irises during the Grow and Learn Program at the Northland Arboretum Wednesday. The grant funded program is designed to help at-risk students and participants with disabilities learn about horticulture, landscaping, plant and flower identification, lawn care, construction and general maintenance. (Brainerd Dispatch/ Steve Kohls)
Jimmy Lindner rolled into the Garrison access on Lake Mille Lacs Friday and took one look at the white caps. "We have a pretty substantial wind event here," he said. "Let's head to the other side of the lake." In Jimmy's vehicle were Minnesota National Guardsman Sgt.
A worker from Aspen Signs looks over the billboard for the Mills Auto Group on Business Highway 371 Thursday. (Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls
Water tumbles over the waterfall in the water garden at the Northland Arboretum Thursday in Baxter. (Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls)
Emma Ausen (left) Ian McLaughlin, Jenny Husen and Josh Pletzer have lunch in the Northland Arboretum Thursday while working on building fire breaks for the Nature Conservancy. (Brainerd Dispatch/ Steve Kohls)