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David Joles

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David Joles is a photojournalist covering general assignments for the Star Tribune, with an interest in social documentary stories. 

A native of Wisconsin, Joles lives in Minneapolis with his wife Marie. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a degree in journalism and history. Joles previously worked at newspapers in Hobbs, New Mexico, Eau Claire and Milwaukee. Joles was part of a team that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in local reporting in 2016 for a series of stories and photos that explored the state's archaic healthcare system for the disabled.
Recent content from David Joles
A bald eagle lands on a dead bird as sandhill cranes stage in Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022  in Princeton, Minn. Tens of

Incredible photos show hundreds of sandhill cranes migrating south

Tens of thousands of sandhill cranes have passed through and some continue to arrive at the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge during their annual fall migration south. As of Tuesday, Nov. 8, a record 29,256 cranes were recorded staging on the refuge, more than double the previous record of 14,578 birds from 2019.
Benilde-St. Margaret's players celebrate their 3 games to none win over Kasson-Mantorville during Class 3A volleyball semifinals Friday, Nov. 11, 2022

Benilde-St. Margaret's volleyball sweeps Kasson-Mantorville 3-0 in 3A semifinal

Benilde-St. Margaret's volleyball team took on Kasson-Mantorville during a 3A tournament semifinal match on Friday, Nov. 11 at Xcel Energy Center. The Red Knights won 3-0 and will advance to the championship.
Minnesota players celebrate with Daniel Jackson, center, after his touchdown against Michigan State during the first quarter of an NCAA college footba

Gophers defeat Michigan State 34-7

The University of Minnesota took on Michigan State at Spartan Stadium in Lansing, Mich., Saturday, Sept. 22, 2022.


Bethel running back Bryce Kunkle (47) celebrated a first quarter touchdown against St. John’s on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022 in Arden Hills.

Bethel beats St. John's 28-24

St. John's University takes on Bethel College at Royal Stadium in Arden Hills, Minn., Saturday, Sept. 22, 2022.
Shoppers at HeyJoy Toy Store on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022 at the Mall of America in Bloomington.

Photos: Consumers plan to save ahead of holidays

With higher prices, consumers could spend less on toys for the holidays.
During a visit to Emily Hofher’s grave site, Hofher’s husband Rob Raub and their daughter Ruby Raub, 4, share a quiet moment together in July in M

A young mother, a cancer diagnosis and a year of grieving

When cancer hijacked a new mother's happily ever after, she planned a death as unconventional as her life. A year later, her husband is the father he never expected to be, carrying on her legacy.
Megan Callahan-Beckel, a member of the Wildlife Science Center animal care staff, held one of three 12-day-old wolf pups that were temporarily removed

How did wolves become dogs? These Minnesota wolf pups may hold the answer

Three wolf puppies are key to a new theory about how wolves evolved into dogs.
A man prepares to enter the damaged house where outside a food truck exploded in Lakeville late Friday night and was seen in the 16500 block of Joplin

Food truck explosion 'sounded like a bomb'

A food truck exploded in a residential neighborhood in Lakeville late Friday, damaging as many as 20 homes and leaving the area strewn with twisted metal and insulation.

Bikini vs. snowman: Two spring scenes a year apart

These photos taken at Lake Nokomis were shot nearly one year, and 68 degrees apart. Move the slider in the middle of the image to see the differences between these two scenes.

Sixty-eight degrees of separation

These two views of Lake Calhoun were shot nearly one year, and 68 degrees apart. Move the slider in the middle of the image to see the differences between the two scenes.
Caesar Marino hoped to hear birds chirp again, perhaps the hushed little voices of grandchildren. Mostly deaf since age seven, Marino, 63, had a cochl

Hearing opens 'whole 'nother world'

Caesar Marino of Little Canada had been mostly deaf since age 7 and longed to hear birds chirp again
The Debutantes Ball is an annual event hosted by the Filipino Minnesota Association (FMA) to celebrate the accomplishments of Filipino youths (female

Almost All Grown Up

The Filipino Minnesota Association hosts the Debutantes Ball to celebrate the accomplishments of Filipino youths
Mormons Adam Forsyth, Seth Meyers and Mark Hill are on their mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-days Saints, having left their hometowns

A mission of learning

In a living room in Cottage Grove, faith unites people from different cultures. Three young Mormons left their homes in the western United States to come to Minnesota, learn to speak Hmong and serve the Twin Cities Hmong community.
Vairavan C. Achari is a artist/sculptor of Hindu art and has been working the past two years creating art at the Hindu Temple of Minnesota in Maple Gr

A deity dances from his memory

An artist and sculptor has spent the past two years at the Hindu Temple of Minnesota in Maple Grove
Maggie Lund, 8 months, got her first haircut recently at Snip-its in Maple Grove under the watchful eye of her mom, Sarah, dad Erik, and big sister Lu

Baby's first haircut

Her mom felt a twinge as the soft curls hit the floor, but 8-month-old Maggie Lund met the scissors with a smile. "She was born with a whole head of hair," said her mother, Sarah. But now it was time to trim back.
Merila watches as Arkman digs for the gopher tunnel before setting a gopher trap.


Rites of passage • A weekly photo journal
Dubbed Baptism of Fire, members of Lake Harriet Spiritual Community observed the Summer Solstice - the longest day of the year with the sun at the ape

Rhythm and light

Celebrating the solstice
DAVID JOLES � Coon Rapids, MN - April 27, 2010- Brittni(cq) Jones, 18, and her daughter Alissa, 21 months, sat on an infant m

A Fresh Start

On an infant mattress in a barren bedroom, Brittni Jones, 18, and her daughter Alissa, 21 months, seemed to marvel at their good fortune. They were no longer homeless.
DAVID JOLES • - Dec. 13, 2010-Minneapolis, MN-] In Sweden and other Scandinavian countries Lucia is celebrated on December 13

Light of Lucia shines

Lucia, aka Linnea Cederberg, led attendant Nicole Ellis and head star boy Rutger Van Huber through the American Swedish Institute mansion Sunday in Minneapolis. In Scandinavian countries, Lucia is celebrated Dec. 13 in a ceremony where a girl is elected to portray its namesake -- an Italian saint who was adopted by the Swedes. Wearing a white gown with a red sash and a crown of candles, Lucia walks at the head of a procession of girls, each holding a candle. The candles symbolize light in winter's darkness and the fire that refused to take St. Lucia's life when she was sentenced to be burned.
Curtina Wilson, 9, has a hero in her dad KG Wilson. The elder Wilson heads Hope Ministries and has teamed up with Charez Jones Foundation - named afte

Following in father's footsteps

Curtina Wilson is only 9, a little young to be a soldier.
It took a life-threatening stroke for Jim Baker, 64, of Edina to fulfill his dream of building a wooden boat. With the encouragement of his family, Ba

Hope floats

It took a life-threatening stroke for Jim Baker, 64, of Edina, to fulfill his dream of building a wooden boat.
Blue-eyed Marly Melsh came to Minneapolis from Iowa. She grew up with loving parents who believed in a higher power and in kindness and encouraged Mel

"I Found a lot of Truth"

Blue-eyed Marly Melsh grew up in Iowa with loving parents who believed in a higher power and encouraged her to be open-minded and seek out the truth. Melsh attended a Christian college in Iowa before landing a job in Minneapolis with CommonBond Communities, a nonprofit that provides affordable housing. After arriving here, Melsh began meeting Muslims.
Through a women's health class, Native American girls at�Nawayee Center School in Minneapolis are learning positve lessons about self-esteem and res

A Homegrown Song

Native American girls learn about growing into strong women at the Nawayee Center School in Minneapolis. A women's health class at the alternative school offers lessons in self-esteem and respect, and how and when to walk away from unhealthy relationships. A culture class helps them find their voices through drumming and singing -- a tradition usually reserved for males. In a recent class, girls sang a ballad, "You Should Be My Man," written by classmate Jodi Vermillion, second from left. "If you sit around the drum, it just like brings joy to you," said one student.
Phoenix High graduates two-step dancer

Phoenix High graduates two-step dancer

Not long ago Larry Jones was in danger of failing school. That all changed when he switched to Phoenix High, an alternative school run by the Volunteers of America. He graduated and will attend college. As he neared graduation principal Sonal Redd learned that Jones could two-step. To repay Redd, Jones gave his principal dance lessons.
Robert and Dorothy Bode moved to Minnesota from Seattle 15 years ago as a young, married couple without children. Recently, they packed up their stuff

It isn't easy to leave

Robert and Dorothy Bode moved to Minnesota from Seattle as a young couple without children. When they headed back west for Robert's new job in Colorado Springs, they could no longer travel light.
Infant blessing at Buddhist temple

Infant blessing at Buddhist temple

Brennan Mercury Feist was three weeks old during his Buddhist newborn blessing ceremony performed by monks Witiyala Seewalie Thera and Bisho Kirti Maharjan at the Minnesota Bhuddhist Vihara in north Minneapolis. Named after supreme court justice William Joseph Brennan Jr. and former Queen singer Freddie Mercury, Brennan Mercury Feist slept through much of the ceremony, held by his mom Sandra Feist, with father Ben Feist nearby, along with grandmother Susan Feist. Sandra Feist is an immigration lawyer and has a colleague who attends the Bhuddist temple. The ceremony involved blessings for protection and a healthy life for Brennan and a string was held by the monks, participants and parents and touching Brennan for the positive thoughts and blessings to travel along. The blessings, which are for freedom from fears, physical and mental illnesses and from obstacles in life, and for success in life. The blessings were done in the Pali language by reciting the great qualities of Bhudda, Dharma and Sangha and love and kindness and compassion of the Bhudda. The mission of the Minnesota Buddhist Vihara is to share the Buddha's message of Peace and Happiness and help create peace and harmony within and ourselves and in the surrounding world.
Dad Joe held Tyler for the first time and Sara was attended to after the birth.

Welcome to the world

Joe and Sara Laube celebrate the birth of their son, Tyler.
During a birthday party and memorial for Gordy, Schroeder left the party inside to sit alone in the ape's outdoor enclosure.

A death in the family

Rites of passage • a weekly photo journal
Rohan Mittra, 6, spreads his arms and makes like a bird as he runs into Lake Country School and upstairs as his father Rob Mittra, rear, photographs t

Spread your wings

On their last day of kindergarten, the kids of Lake Country Montessori in Minneapolis know what comes next: "Fly Up." Teachers, parents and other family members line a "runway" on the school grounds.
During their dramactic win over Ireland, the Mayhem's Jake Sutherland, front left, prepares for a scrum with Irish players, while the Mayhem's Jean-Mi

Not the World Cup

This past week, the Minneapolis Mayhem hosted the 2010 Bingham Cup at the National Sports Center in Blaine. The gay world rugby championship drew teams from Dublin, Ireland; Sydney, Australia; England, Scandinavia and across the United States.
Braun walks on her prosthetic leg under the guidance of Steil.

Learning to walk, at 78

Dolores Braun raised 10 children and worked the family farm outside Eden Valley, Minn., so she's no stranger to hard work.
. From left, Forsyth, Meyers and Hill prayed with Kao and Kia Ly , who also are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Lys’

Rites of passage A weekly photo column

In a living room in Cottage Grove, faith unites people from different cultures. Three young Mormons left their homes in the western United States to…
The Robert and Dorothy Bode family prepared to spend the night in sleeping bags on the livingroom and diningroom floors before setting out on the jour

It isn't easy to leave

Robert and Dorothy Bode moved to Minnesota from Seattle as a young couple without children. When they headed west for Robert's new job in Colorado Springs, they could no longer travel light. In the past 15 years, they've built a family of 11 adopted and biological children.