Rotary meetings are a fun blend of hometown boosterism, good-natured razzing inspiring civic involvement.
Thanks to an invitation from Brainerd Rotary Club member Deborah Erickson I was reminded of how much energy and good will is displayed at those weekly meetings.
Civility in government is the latest buzz phrase and if it causes politicians to actually curb some of their wilder, less than accurate statements, I'm all for it.
Many Republicans and Democrats have decided to cross the aisle and sit with members of the opposing party during the president's State of the Union speech. That's a small gesture and one that seems like a no-brainer from the perspective of a small town journalist. It's not unusual for political rivals in Crow Wing County to see each...
Since the introduction of automatic flash fill on camera, photographers have been jumping for joy with the results. Well, sometimes not for joy but in anger.
While photographing the Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing tourney on Gull Lake, I realized how important it was to use flash fill but with a modification.
Let's hear some educated guesses as to which legendary NFL franchise wins Super Bowl XLV Feb. 6 in Arlington, Texas.
I'm not sure which direction I'm going yet. I like the Green Bay Packers' offense on the turf and Aaron Rodgers is playing the best at the quarterback position right now. But Big Ben does just enough to win and his two Super Bowl rings proves he can win in big games.
Both defenses are tremendous and similar since Dom Capers worked for both franchises.
Ten years ago this month I boarded a plane for an island country I knew little about and, frankly, had never really given much thought. I was 18, I didn't give a lot of thought to a lot of things.
A decade later, it's rare that a day goes by that I don't think about my time in Haiti.
When the tiny half-an-island nation was obliterated by the earthquake one year ago today, I found myself glued to my TV. Watching helplessly from the frozen north, I worried for my friends. I was taken back...
News of the death of Brainerd's Patt Krantz, brought to mind a lesson she taught me — one every reporter should keep in mind.
Patt was an energetic woman, an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church and a tireless promoter of the Brainerd Lakes Chapter of Sweet Adelines. As city editor I often worked with her, arranging news photos that would help promote Sweet Adelines' concerts and fundraisers.
We are blessed with a frozen landscape that has lasted over a week because of the rain and later snow during the New Year's weekend.
One of my favorite subjects in winter is birch trees covered in snow. The problem is white birch bark against white snow will many times illustrate a blank scene for the viewer.
Remember to work with the snow and birch bark against a blue sky or a black background.
Using this technique, the viewer can experience what you saw in the field.