Rosenmeier Forum presents ‘The News Photography of Steve Kohls’

Kohls has shot news, sporting events and artistic photos for the Brainerd Dispatch for more than 47 years.

Steve Kohls
Steve Kohls
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BRAINERD — “The News Photography of Steve Kohls” will be the focus of a Rosenmeier Forum at 7 p.m. Feb. 8 in the Chalberg Theatre at Central Lakes College, Brainerd campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Kohls has photographed breaking news, sporting events and created artistic photos for the Brainerd Dispatch for more than 47 years. A sampling of his work will include images of Brainerd’s 1987 and 1991 downtown fires, the city’s long fight against mandatory fluoridation, a devastating train crash near Motley, as well as feature photos of Little Falls artist Charles Kapsner and Bataan Death March survivor Walt Straka. Images will range from black and white pieces from the beginning of his career, to current day photography and short videos.

Before working at the Dispatch, Kohls was a staff photographer for the Country Echo in Pequot Lakes, the Journal of New Ulm and the Wahpeton, North Dakota, Daily News.

Kohls and Mike O’Rourke, a former newsroom colleague at the Dispatch, will discuss the photos and the stories that surround them at the forum. A question and answer session will follow the presentation. The YouTube livestream link for the meeting will be at .

The forum is presented by the Gordon Rosenmeier Center for State and Local Government at Central Lakes College.

Our newsroom occasionally reports stories under a byline of "staff." Often, the "staff" byline is used when rewriting basic news briefs that originate from official sources, such as a city press release about a road closure, and which require little or no reporting. At times, this byline is used when a news story includes numerous authors or when the story is formed by aggregating previously reported news from various sources. If outside sources are used, it is noted within the story.

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