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Brian Peterson

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Brian Peterson has been a staff photographer at the Star Tribune for 0ver 30 years and has focused his attention most recently on professional sports and the many environmental issues affecting Minnesotans. Peterson has also photographed five winter and summer Olympic Games, the Superbowl and both Twins World Series victories.

Peterson was born in Duluth, Minnesota, and has enjoyed a career that allows him to pursue stories he cares most about in his home state and around the world. He's best known for his work since 1987 for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, but his photographs have also been seen in National Geographic and Sports Illustrated magazines and the New York Times. He has been recognized nationally and internationally for his documentary photojournalism, and has been honored nine times as Minnesota Press Photographer of the Year. His sports photography has been honored by the national baseball and football Halls of Fame and the National Press Photographers Association. Peterson has published two books — "Voices for the Land" and "Minnesota - State of Wonders" — and has won three Minnesota Book Awards.
Recent content from Brian Peterson
This Minnesota-shaped woods near Baudette has been around for more than 25 years. DNR forester Bill Lockner originally cut trees in the shape of the s

A Star Tribune photographer captures stunning views of Minnesota from above

When a photographer sets his sights high (and has a drone camera), we are rewarded with views that take our state to new heights. These images show the variety of topography the Land of 10,000 Lakes has to offer.
Olivia Reiser, 3, worked on her Twins pennant at the art station.

TwinsFest Signature Saturday

The TwinsFest Signature Saturday event was held on Saturday, January 28, 2023 at Target Field.
Children learn to fly high at the Flying Colors Trapeze school on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022 in Marine on St. Croix, Minn.

Photos: Flying Colors Trapeze school

The Flying Colors Trapeze school is located in Marine on St. Croix, Minn.
The completed tail feather replacement on an adult Bard Owl that was injured while trying to nest in a Chimney. Tuesday, March 15, 2022 in St. Paul, M

How the University of Minnesota is helping injured raptors fly again

A technique called imping uses cadaver feathers to replace broken feathers, allowing the birds to take flight sooner.
Police surround the scene where one student was shot and killed and another severely wounded on the sidewalk outside the South Education Center,  an a

Photos: Shooting outside Richfield School kills one student, injures another.

One student was shot and killed, and another severely wounded outside a school Tuesday afternoon February 1, 2022, in Richfield.
Turf Club underwent months of repairs following water and smoke damage caused during the riots along University Avenue a year ago. It looks pretty muc

An early look at St. Paul's newly refurbished Turf Club

Heavily damaged in last summer's riots, St. Paul's favorite music venue reopens with a familiar look.
Just before sunset with a loon flying overhead, 11-year-old Kendan Abbe casts a bobber into Lake Elora in search of large mouth bass from the family d

Life on the lake

Docks bring us closer to nature, whether for solitude, socializing or just a little fun.
Professional birding guide Kim Risen (foreground) leads three bird watchers from Illinois on Auggie’s Bogwalk at Saz-Zim Bog, where serious bird-wat

Birdwatchers flock to northern Minnesota

With help from local guides, birders from around the country flock to Sax-Zim Bog and other places in Minnesota to spot elusive owls and other rarities.

Gallery: Crow-Hassan prairie is built to last

The wildlife, wildflowers and wild grasses make for a diverse ecoystem.
State of Wonders: A wild world blooms in northwestern Minnesota

State of Wonders: A wild world blooms in northwestern Minnesota

Life rebounds with fanfare as winter melts away in Minnesota's northwest reaches.
State of Wonders: Exploring winter in the Arrowhead

State of Wonders: Exploring winter in the Arrowhead

Minnesota is blessed with immense natural beauty and dramatic seasonal shifts. With the "State of Wonders" series, we showcase that range of scenery.
Recent solar activity has presented the patient observer with some of the best viewing since 2004. This photo of the northern lights over Lake Elora i

Learn how to photograph the Aurora Borealis

The Aurora Borealis might be visible again tonight above the northern horizon in Minnesota, but not until after 11 or later because it stays light so long now. Here are tips for capturing the light.
State of Wonders: Summer's prairie song plays beautifully

State of Wonders: Summer's prairie song plays beautifully

Beauty and history shine bright under the monumental summer sky in the southwest corner of Minnesota
Jaime Riebe waits for competition to start with her Jersey Cow Pearl. The Minnesota State Fair, also known as the Great Minnesota Get-Together, is one

Making the rounds

What is it about the State Fair -- is it the people-watching, the grease on a stick, the debauchery of the midway, the odors of the animals?
It makes you feel so small. You look up into night sky, 20 miles from the nearest town, 10 miles from the nearest power line and the view is stunning.

Starry symphony

It makes you feel so small. You look up into night sky, 20 miles from the nearest town, 10 miles from the nearest power line and the view is stunning
BRIAN PETERSON � BUFFALO, MN - May1, 2010 ] The Durst quadruplets have been huddled around the small bathroom sink in their B

Primping for Prom X 4

The Durst quadruplets have huddled around a single bathroom sink in their Buffalo home for the past 17 years, but Saturday required extra coordination. It was prom night, the biggest formal event of their lives.
�I have no clap left!� Ollie said, bundled up in her Twins fleece scarf, sweatshirt and hat while trying to make some noise as her favorite team t

Bring on the Yankees!

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