American Crystal Sugar Labor Dispute Moorhead Minnesota

During the past 13 months I’ve accepted a number of assignments with Minnesota Public Radio News to photograph what’s become an ongoing labor dispute between American Crystal Sugar and 1,300 union workers. The company has five processing plants in the Red River Valley. The one-year anniversary of the lockout is today and my guess is no one is celebrating. Photographs from past demonstrations and the morning of the lockout were shared previously on my journal. More recently I photographed the exterior of the processing plant in Moorhead, Minn., and also briefly passed through Hillsboro, N.D., which is home to another plant. Some of those photographs are featured here, while others were created several months ago. A story by MPR reporter Dan Gunderson aired a few days ago and is available online here.

Thanks for looking, Ann

American Crystal Sugar Labor Dispute Hillsboro North Dakota

American Crystal Sugar Labor Dispute Moorhead Minnesota

American Crystal Sugar Labor Dispute Moorhead Minnesota

American Crystal Sugar Labor Dispute Moorhead Minnesota

American Crystal Sugar Labor Dispute Moorhead Minnesota

American Crystal Sugar Labor Dispute Moorhead Minnesota

American Crystal Sugar Labor Dispute Moorhead Minnesota

American Crystal Sugar Labor Dispute Moorhead Minnesota

American Crystal Sugar Labor Dispute Hillsboro North Dakota

American Crystal Sugar Labor Dispute Moorhead Minnesota

 

Bonnie's Hometown Grocery

Much of Minnesota’s Big Stone County – like many parts of the state – has been deemed a “rural food desert” by the United States Department of Agriculture. In fact, huge swaths of middle America and the people who live there have low access to healthy foods and the variety of food found at large grocery stores. Honestly, I’ve never given much thought to food distribution or availability in this part of the world. We’re surrounded by farms and fields.

For a recent assignment with Minnesota Public Radio News I spent the better part of an afternoon in Big Stone County. One of my tasks was to photograph at Bonnie’s Hometown Grocery. The small store, owned by Bonnie Carlson, is located in Clinton, Minn. The grocery is something of an oasis and provides more than just the basics. Mrs. Carlson, who doesn’t like to be photographed, was a gracious host and more than tolerated my presence. I also had the opportunity to briefly visit a small family farm outside Clinton [see bottom two photographs].

You can see more photographs and read [or listen] to the article here. It’s an interesting issue and one we might all want to consider. Thanks for looking. – Ann

Bonnie's Hometown Grocery

Bonnie's Hometown Grocery

Bonnie's Hometown Grocery

Bonnie's Hometown Grocery

Rural Big Stone County

Getting A Drink

Washing Up

Fargo Senior Photographer

It’s funny how connections work. You meet Person A who knows Person B and suddenly you are having coffee with Person C and photographing Person D’s wedding. Oh, and Person E, who went to high school with Person A, needs photography services for her marketing materials.

A more visually interesting example would be McKenna [pictured above and below] who just happens to be the BFF [that’s best friend forever] of Callie, who I photographed a couple months back. You can see Callie’s photographs and learn more about her portrait session here.

I’m pretty sure McKenna and I wouldn’t have met if I wouldn’t have already photographed Callie. McKenna was admittedly putting off having her senior pictures created. She liked Callie’s photographs and what Callie had to say about the experience. So, we connected and spent a lovely evening with spectacular light at a nature center near Buffalo River State Park. What made the session extra fun was having Callie [pictured with McKenna below] help out.

I don’t know about you, but I’ll take a referral over an advertisement in the yellow pages [or seemingly random Google search] any day. – Ann

P.S. Yes, McKenna is holding a snake in one of the photographs. She assured us that it was a common and very harmless Gardner snake.

Fargo Senior Photographer

Fargo Senior Photographer

Fargo Senior Photographer

Fargo Senior Photographer

Fargo Senior Photographer

Fargo Senior Photographer

Fargo Senior Photographer

Fargo Senior Photographer

 

Fargo Senior/Portrait Photography

I can count on one hand the number of portrait sessions I’ve photographed for high school students over the years. Honestly, I’ve never given much thought to graduate photography.

That was before I met and photographed Callie, who attends Fargo North High School. She was a treat to photograph. Many thanks to Callie’s mom for contacting me and working wonders with an assortment of reflectors. A slight breeze during our session made her job a bit tricky. We photographed at Rustic Oaks south of Moorhead, Minn. It’s a fabulous rural location for photographing just about everything [weddings! events!] and anyone.

Enjoy! – Ann

Fargo Senior/Portrait Photography

Fargo Senior/Portrait Photography

Fargo Senior/Portrait Photography

Fargo Senior/Portrait Photography

The Flood Boots

I’ve spent much of the past 10 days photographing flooding and flood-related activities in and around the Red River Valley. It’s been a busy, busy time. My new yellow wellies [pictured above] were an important addition to my flood kit.

River levels in Fargo-Moorhead are steadily dropping now and life is returning to normal around the river. Many of my photographs have been – and are still being – published online with Minnesota Public Radio and Minnesota Public Radio News. When life permits, I’ll share a sample of flood-related photographs and some of the stories behind them.

In the meantime, feel free to check out this selection of aerials, which were photographed a couple of days ago.

Best, Ann