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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Ben Lundeen "sight fishes" trout on the Yawkey Mine Lake in the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area near Crosby Wednesday afternoon. Winter trout fishing opened on Jan. 17 for the first time in the mine lakes and will close on March 31. The area is also open for spearing northern pike for the first time.
Jessi Yaunick gives her three-year-old daughter Henlee an assist on the bunny hill at Mount Ski Gull Saturday during Crow Wing Power Day. Immediate family members of the co-op were given free lift tickets for the day at the ski and tubing facility in Lake Shore. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls
Avid skater Derrick Justin assists Andrea Bollum on one of the Mill Park rinks Friday in Northeast Brainerd. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls
When Verdell Bose parks his truck on a country road in the Brainerd area, he said he often gets asked two questions: "First, 'Are you OK' and (then) 'Do you trap beavers?'" "There are more beavers in this country now than when the Pilgrims came," quipped Bose, nuisance trapper. When the ice is thick enough, Bose, of Brainerd, heads onto ponds to trap beavers that have been deemed a nuisance by the landowner, county or township.
Dressed as superheroes, Seth Clayton (left), Patrick Hermann and Nolan Swenson walk onto the ice Saturday for the 25th Annual Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza on Gull Lake in Nisswa. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls Ice fishing anglers fish the 25th Annual Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza Saturday on Gull Lake in Nisswa. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls
Three hours into their Friday afternoon drilling job, Jake Levig (left) and Josh Thomas of Pillager signed up to cut holes for free tickets to Saturday's 25th Annual Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza. With temperatures in the 40s, Josh worked in a T-shirt. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls
Activist Robin Hensel displays her signs Monday in Bank Square in Little Falls. Hensel and others held a human rights vigil on the four corners of the intersection in downtown Little Falls to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who dedicated his life to civil rights, peace and economic justice. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls
Ana Steadman and her grandmother, Judy Jeub, hold signs on Bank Square in Little Falls Monday on Martin Luther King Day as part of a human rights vigil. Photo/Steve Kohls
Forestview fifth grader Alexa Jensen gets a pat on the head and a T-shirt from TC the Minnesota Twins mascot Monday during the Twins Winter Caravan at the school. Broadcaster Dan Gladden and pitchers Kyle Gibson and Caleb Thiebar visited the school talking about the upcoming season. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls
Why ice dive? Scuba divers come with all types of strengths and weaknesses, but they all are curious. The desire to see what is under the water is universal among all of us, no matter the skill level. Critical to success is dressing warm and finding a way to stay down without anything going wrong. The concern seems to always be - what did I forget? Under-ice diving is not really that unique in the latitudes that have clear water and ice cover. Locally, one of the best places to go is the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area (CCSRA) near Crosby and Ironton.