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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.

City of Brainerd hauls snow to a site on Evergreen Drive in Brainerd.
Tuesday is the last day of the January thaw with cold temperatures in the forecast
Warmer weather on a federal holiday provided the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors.
Temperatures dropped to 30 degrees below zero Friday morning in central Minnesota.
With a surplus of fresh snow and cold temperatures, snowmobiles can take to the trails in central Minnesota.
As the temperatures rose in Minnesota, the ice skaters were back on the rinks.
After nearly 20 inches of snow fell this week, the skies cleared and cold temperatures descended.
After a heavy snowfall, creeks and rivers that remain open provide picturesque landscapes for nature lovers.
Lonely tree, down in the river bottoms.
Sheil DeChantal organized a group of singers and dangers from the community to roam the streets of Brainerd Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021, wishing everyone a happy holiday.