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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.

Lt. Ryan Rojeski flew a Navy P-8 Poseidon over Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport.
YMCA Camp Vanasek on a hot day
Brainerd Public Utilities sets new Gregory Park flag pole
Brainerd Elk Lodge sponsors Flag Day ceremony
Showy lady's slippers usher in the first days of summer.
High temperatures are expected for the weekend
New playground equipment at Oscar Kristofferson Park
Andrew Freeman waters his plot in the Lakes Area Community Garden.
Anglers fish from the fishing pier at Kiwanis Park
Work on the road is expected to be complete in early October.