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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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.
The moon begins to cross in front of the sun Thursday afternoon causing a partial eclipse. The moon eventually covered 60 percent of what we see of the sun in Brainerd. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls Member of Dave Kobilka's Astronomy Class and potential member of the Astronomy Club, Josh Schultz watches the partial solar eclipse through a telescope on the Brainerd Campus of Central Lakes College Thursday. An array of telescopes were all pointing to the western sky outside of the college as the moon began to obscure the sun as we see it in Brainerd. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls
Mike's Tree Service employees Troy Christensen (top) and Mike Olson stabilize one of the lighting displays for the Brainerd Sertoma Winter Wonderland at the Northland Arboretum Wednesday. The holiday display opens Nov. 11 at 5:30 p.m. and continues through the Christmas season. Mike's Tree Service and Sertoma volunteers were busy Wednesday beginning the process of erecting the large lighting displays. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls
Nathan Tuomi, with Gull Lake Glass, fastens a panel Wednesday on the new Essentia Health Sports Center in Brainerd. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls
As the leaves continue to radiate color, Makayla Bennett walks with her daughter Neve White along a path within Fritz Loven Park in Lake Shore Monday night. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls
Dale Ruffcorn casts his minnow into Hole-in-the-Day Bay on Gull Lake Monday evening. The anglers come every year to the fishing spot to catch walleyes after strong northwest winds push bait fish into the shallows. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls
Dale Ruffcorn casts his minnow into Hole-in-the-Day Bay on Gull Lake Monday evening. Anglers come every year to the fishing spot to catch walleyes after strong northwest winds push baitfish into the shallows. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls