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Mike O'Rourke

Not your grandfather's GOP

By: Mike O'Rourke | Blog: Mike O'Rourke's Blog

Minnesota Republicans on Tuesday showed they weren’t ready to hand the nomination over to the former Massachusetts governor. As of the morning of Feb. 8, we’re still awaiting Crow Wing County’s vote totals, but it would be surprising if the county didn’t strongly support Rick Santorum. Sitting in with the Crow Wing Township precinct Tuesday night, the tally there (reported in the Feb. 8, paper and website) was: Rick Santorum-12. Mitt Romney-4. Ron Paul-3. Newt Gingrich-2. Statwide results...

Steve Kohls

Capturing your breath

By: Steve Kohls | Blog: Steve Kohls's Blog

When Mary Tabor walked her dog recently, it was below zero and her breath could been seen in the morning light. As a photographer I use techniques that illustrate what I see. In other words, how do you use the camera as a tool in capturing a person in cold weather. In order to see water vapor in the air on a cold day, it must be backlit. There also should be a dark background to separate the illuminated vapor.

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Mike Bialka

Twins Caravan causes general soreness

By: Mike Bialka | Blog: Mike Bialka's Blog

Attending the Twins Caravan on Wednesday caused me to come down with a case of general soreness. About 170 fans turned out to see outfielders Ben Revere and Rene Tosoni, along with TV broadcaster Dick Bremer and Twins legend Tony Oliva. I think fans might have been as disappointed with the caravan as I was. The delegation was 15-20 minutes late arriving from Bemidji. Each caravan member talked for a few minutes, then a few questions were answered, and a few prizes were given out. No autographs...

Jennifer Stockinger

12 years of spelling bees and more to come

By: Jennifer Stockinger | Blog: Jennifer Stockinger's Blog

As you most likely have read in Thursday’s Brainerd Dispatch, I covered the Brainerd School District’s sixth through eighth grade spelling bee held at Forestview Middle School in Baxter. This year let’s hear it for seventh-grader Adam Kleist who won the bee. You gotta love Adam and his confidence! Adam had to spell “munchkin” and he instantly giggled at the word because he himself is short. I too had to giggle. I’m 5-foot-2-inch on a good day — OK so maybe not that tall — so I can appreciate...

Mike Bialka

Whale of a Warrior game

By: Mike Bialka | Blog: Mike Bialka's Blog

If you haven't been to a Brainerd Warriors boys basketball game in a while this would be a year to head back to the gym and take a peek. At the midpoint of the season Brainerd is 8-4 overall for the first time since Jan. 16, 2007. On Tuesday the Warriors scrapped back from a 14-point first-half deficit to nip Little Falls 80-78 on two Jagar Hanson free throws with five-tenths of a second remaining. It was Brainerd's first win over the Flyers since March 5, 2010. This year's team can go 10-deep...

Renee Richardson

Films to see in 2012

By: Renee Richardson | Blog: Renee Richardson's Blog

Movies are just better on the big screen. That’s if the person next to you isn’t checking their smartphone every 5 minutes (they better be a brain surgeon waiting for a call to the ER). For some reason they don’t think lighting up a dark room disturbs anyone around them. Seriously? How did people make it through a 90-minute movie before mobile phones? Must have been a tougher breed of cat in the old days. They were willing to be off-line to actually munch some overly priced popcorn and focus...

Steve Kohls

How High Should You Go?

By: Steve Kohls | Blog: Steve Kohls's Blog

When I am shooting a sporting event, many times I help fellow photographers set their cameras for the lighting. This happens when you have been around as long as I have been. I do not really think it means that I am more knowledgeable but instead I have been at this for a while, or 40 years. Since digital entered the field, I am an advocate of high ISO setting and very fast shutter speeds.

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Mike O'Rourke

Gazelka preparing to run for another term in the Legislature

By: Mike O'Rourke | Blog: Mike O'Rourke's Blog

By MIKE O'ROURKE Associate Editor Last week was a busy week in Republican circles and as developments prompted the rewriting of last weekend's Eggs and Issues stories, I neglected to include one interesting bit of information from that Brainerd Lakes Chamber session. Sen. Paul Gazelka, R-Brainerd, said Friday morning he had decided to run for at least one more term in the Minnesota Senate. That's probably no surprise, but it's the first time I had heard him state his intentions.

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Steve Kohls

Anglers in the Sun

By: Steve Kohls | Blog: Steve Kohls's Blog

How many times have you wanted to photograph someone or something against the direct sun? My favorite is late afternoon or early morning golden sun over water or ice. Last week, I waited at the Corps of Engineers access on Gull for any angler to walk across the ice to their vehicles. In winter, the sun is low in the southern sky making it easy to photograph against the low angle of the sun.

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Steve Kohls

Seven Swans Swimming

By: Steve Kohls | Blog: Steve Kohls's Blog

For all you shoppers out there this is your favorite time of the year. For me, following the swans always coincides with Thanksgiving and Christmas. The swans are out in the lakes and rivers but the freezing temperatures brings them to areas where we can expect to see them for photography. I can tell when we are close to the right time of the year because the Bald Eagles are also moving into the area, fishing and hunting on the dwindling areas of open water. The swans love the shallow water...

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