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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Knife Lake Concrete workers Tony Pasillas (left), Jerald Bixby and Donald Conyers level fresh concrete Wednesday, June 12, in the roundabout on Cypress Drive and College Road in Baxter. Construction continues on the new artery that will connect traffic eventually from Excelsior Road to County Highway 48. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch
Canada geese goslings swim, Thursday, June 6, near the Paul Bunyan State Trail in Baxter. New broods of ducks and geese can be seen along area roads learning to swim and hunt with parents.
Annelise Baird waters the marigolds Wednesday, June 5, bordering her mother's garden plot in the Lakes Area Community Garden in Brainerd. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch
Lady Long Rider Bernice Ende plays with her Norwegian Fjord horses Montana Spirit and Little Liska Pearl Tuesday, June 4, after spending the night at the.Crow Wing County Fairgrounds. Ende was returning from the East Coast on a book tour and a trip to see Susan B. Anthony's home, trailering her horses as she heads home to Montana. For the past 13 years, Ende has lived outdoors during her long rides. She holds the honor of being the only person to ride round trip from one coast of the United States and back. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch
A week-old foal plays while its mother grazes Monday, May 20, in a pasture at the Sunup Ranch on Cass County Road 18 Southwest in East Gull Lake.
Tommy Nordin drives the Brainerd supermileage car to the starting line Monday, May 13, at the annual Minnesota Technology and Engineering Educators Association Super Mileage Competition. Brainerd students Mason Mankowski (left) and Lucas Kruchten watch as Ryan Dewey checks the car before launching it on the track. Brainerd High School welding instructor Curtis Brisk brought the supermileage club back after it was absent for 10 years. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch Gallery and Video For more photos of the Supermileage Challenge, go to https://bit.ly/2EckvEC .
During a stress relief event sponsored by the psychology club for finals week, Central Lakes College student Kortny Villnow wrinkles her nose after receiving a kiss from Prim, a springer spaniel and bulldog puppy at the college Wednesday, May 8. The Babinski Foundation animal shelter provided the litter of eight puppies for the students to hold and cuddle and the hallway of the college was filled with laughter. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch Gallery and Video For more photos of stress relief with puppies day at Central Lakes College, go to https://bit.ly/2H7PbYg .
Lakes Area Music Festival violinists Suliman Tekalli and Kitty Cheung perform Monday, May 6, for students at Riverside Elementary School in Brainerd, as part of the festival's Music Mentors Project.
Harrison third grader Anica Frazier celebrates as her ball knocks over pins during the Good Samaritan Bowl Monday, May 6, at Jack's House. The two-day event that started Sunday also includes bowling in Pine River, and is the largest fundraising activity for Bethany Good Samaritan. There is also a silent auction for bowling pins that have been creatively decorated for the event as well as other gifts. For more photos of Monday's bowling at Jack's House, go to https://bit.ly/2H1v3Ho .
Medieval archer and physical education instructor Sam Marohn (left), teams up with paraprofessional Beth George to assist third grader Logan Thomas shoot an arrow Friday, May 3, during the annual Medieval Day for Lowell third graders in the Miller Castle at Parker Scout Reservation near Merrifield. This year 84 third graders made the trip along with 20 parents and many station volunteers to experience a day in medieval times after studying the unit in school. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch Gallery and Video