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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Workers smooth the fresh asphalt on the tennis courts Tuesday in Gregory Park in north Brainerd. Two of the park's courts are being upgraded by Tri-City Paving, Little Falls, and will be ready in early June. (Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls)
Jason Engholm, Brainerd Water and Light Department, flushes a fire hydrant in the Lum Park area Tuesday. (Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls)
Driver Tom Thesing crawls from the cab of his overturned semitrailer Monday into a pile of beer cans. The independent trucker was transporting a load of beer when the vehicle rolled into the ditch on Wise Road near Beaver Dam Road, north of Brainerd. Traffic on Wise Road was detoured for several hours Monday while clean up took place. (Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls)
Onamia High School team member Ben Fetters (left) starts the high-mileage vehicle with Alex Logli and Austin Stark behind the wheel ready to drive Monday at Brainerd International Raceway. The school was part of the 65 teams that competed in the Minnesota Technology and Engineering Education Association Supermileage Competition. The event continues through today. Video and Gallery
Brainerd parks and recreation employee Bob Anderson lifts a concrete plank with a loader while employee Joe Koering assists at the Lum Park boat ramp Monday. The concrete planks were supplied by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the installation was completed by park personnel. (Brainerd Dispatch /Steve Kohls
Barb Lapka raises her arms Thursday as the Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge Choir sings during the Brainerd Lakes National Day of Prayer event at the Minnesota National Guard Armory in Brainerd. (Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls)
A worker uses a large backhoe Thursday to demolish the Freedom Service Station and former West Side Cafe in west Brainerd. An AutoZone auto parts store is scheduled to be built on the site. (Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls)
Riverside Elementary School student Gabby Miller leaps over the high-jump bar Wednesday at the Third- and Fourth-grade Elementary Track and Field Day at Don Adamson Field. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls Gallery
A surprised Eryk Haapajoki smiles Wednesday after being presented the Service to Mankind award by the Brainerd Sertoma Club at Bonanza Steakhouse. Haapajoki has devoted his time and energy to several organizations throughout the area. For more than 16 years, Haapajoki has been the director of the Brainerd Men's Softball Invitational, a fundraiser for his father, Jon C. Haapajoki's Foundation, which serves deaf and hard-of-hearing children at Camp Sertoma. He serves on the Brainerd Youth Athletic Association and the Brainerd Public School Foundation as well as other organizations.
Brainerd freshman Jasmine Lavigne (left) and Maddi Langley pick up leaves Tuesday at the Northland Arboretum as part of a community day of service. The community service project has 457 freshmen venturing into the community to help beautify it after winter. Groups of freshmen also went to Lum Park, Buffalo Hills Park and the Brainerd High School triathlon course, Beaver Dam Road and the high school. The community service project is a way for students to give back to the community and make a positive difference, said Jackie Extrand, school counselor at Brainerd High School-South Campus.