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Steven L. Kohls

I was raised on a farm in western Minnesota where I participated in 4-H, high school sports, and everything that farm kids do for fun after chores. Graduated from Ridgewater Community College with an AA degree and my first taste of newspapering. I worked a summer on the Ortonville Independent as a reporter and photographer.

I then graduated from Minnesota State University, Moorhead. My love of photography was kindled by Allen Carter, photography instructor, Howard Binford, and Roger Hamilton of the Mass Communications Department. After graduation, I spent a stint at the Daily News in Wahpeton-Breckenridge and then headed into the northwoods to Pequot Lakes where I worked on the Country Echo. After missing the daily, I went to New Ulm and worked on the Journal.

After a call from Les Sellnow, editor of the Brainerd Dispatch, I returned to central Minnesota to become the photographer of the Dispatch in 1975. I have remained at Brainerd where photography and newspapering has changed but the part that does not change is that everything is local and your reputation is what matters.

Students perform sign language projects
Snow continues to add up in the lakes area like a snow globe.
Children slide together on a hill
Light snows falls in central Minnesota
Brainerd Veterans Day program features Quilts of Honor
Swans gather on Wolf Lake near Deerwood.
Area residents take advantage of nice weather for yard work.
Halloween arrives on a mild night
Friend helps learn the art of the unicycle
Running through autumn color in north Brainerd.