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David Joles

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Phone: 612-673-7904

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

North Shore gets snow and freezing rain.

Sleet, freezing rain, hail and snow pelted the region, with thunderstorms and heavy winds rolling through, too.

Another winter storm hits the North Shore

A storm hitting the North Shore Tuesday and on into Wednesday is expected to bring with it winds gusting to 60 mph or more, potentially generating 20-foot-high waves on Lake Superior.

Gallery: St. Michael-Albertville fights past Hopkins to win Class 4A state championship

St. Michael-Albertville defeated Hopkins 71-70 to win the Class 4A state basketball tournament on Saturday at Williams Arena in Minneapolis.

Gallery: Benilde-St. Margaret's wins Class 3A state championship

Benilde-St. Margaret's won 66-60 over Stewartville in the Class 3A state championship game on Saturday at Williams Arena in Minneapolis.

Valentine's tradition returns: 24 couples get married at the Hennepin County District Court

Hennepin County's "Point in Time" count of homeless people

Yoga in the elements: 'Snowga' at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Photos: Second day of storm brings cold, wind

As the snow that fell Wednesday subsides, a winter storm will bring a prolonged period of strong winds that are expected to drop wind chill readings dangerously low and create whiteout conditions that threaten to disrupt travel on the ground and air for a second straight day on Thursday, December 22, 2022.

Winter weather system rolls into Minnesota

Rain swept over the Twin Cities metro area on Tuesday, as a winter weather system begins its sweep over Minnesota. A mix of rain, snow, sleet and wind were expected in the southern half of the state, while heavy snow expected in the northern half.
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.

Marshall volleyball flounces past Grand Rapids in 3A semifinals

The Marshall Tigers defeated Grand Rapids in the three sets during a 3A tournament semifinal match on Friday, Nov. 11 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Marshall will advance to the championship.

Pigs feast on Halloween pumpkins

Pigs named after "Monsters, Inc" movie characters Boo, Sully, Mike and Randall munched on discarded Halloween pumpkins on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022 at Richard and Tanya Franta's Sunnyside Farm near River Falls, Wis. The retired jack-o-lanterns will be collected for the pigs at River Falls cookie shop Mei Mei's Cookies & Creamery until Saturday, Nov. 5.
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 beats St. John's 28-24

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.

Photos: Consumers plan to save ahead of holidays

Animal Humane Society agent Amanda Oquist

On the job and at home with Animal Humane Society agent Amanda Oquist in rural Minnesota.

Forager Russ Henry's small urban food forest

Forager Russ Henry's small urban backyard — his food forest 15 years in the making that he and his family are growing and eating — is seen Thursday, June 23, 2022 in Minneapolis.

Kids get vaccines at the Mall of America

Children under 5 were able to receive newly available COVID-19 vaccines at the Mall of America vaccination site.

Hot and humid day in the Twin Cities

An excessive heat warning went into effect at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 14 in the seven-county metro area and will last until 8 p.m.

Bois Forte celebrates historic return of tribal land

More than 28,000 acres of reservation land lost a century ago is back under Band ownership.

Memorial Day storm aftermath in Forada, Minn.

The National Weather Service and law enforcement confirmed at least one tornado touched down in the western Minnesota town of Forada, where between 80 and 100 structures were damaged, numerous trees uprooted and power lines were toppled during a severe storm on Memorial Day. The aftermath is seen on Tuesday, May 31, 2022.

Summer storms leave trail of damage

Storms packing tropical storm force winds toppled trees and power lines leaving thousands across the metro in the dark from storms on Wednesday, May 11, 2022.

Friends School plant sale

Spring has finally arrived and Minnesotans are wasting no time embracing the long desired warmth. Crowds swelled Friday morning at the Friends School Plant Sale at the State Fairgrounds

Craft Brewers Conference in Minneapolis

With 10,000 people gathered for this week's Craft Brewers Conference in Minneapolis, leaders say the industry is maturing and smaller breweries must keep pace with consumers.

Minneapolis artist Kat Corrigan paints a pet portrait a day

Over the past decade, Kat Corrigan has captured the eye colors, head tilts and swirling fur of hundreds of pets via her monthlong dog-a-day and cat-a-day challenges. Sure, she paints landscapes. Wildlife, too. But "pet portraits — that's the practice that keeps me going," she said.

St. Paul's St. Patrick's Day Parade is back!

After a hiatus during the pandemic, the St. Paul's St. Patrick's Day Parade was back and full of Irish cheer on March 17, 2022, in downtown St. Paul.

Gophers pro day

Scouts all 32 NFL teams gathered Wednesday at the University of Minnesota's indoor football facility to watch the 13 Gophers and a handful of players from other area schools go through drills to prove they're worthy to be selected in the NFL draft on April 28-30.

Hermantown wins 3-2 over Warroad

Hermantown plays Warroad during the MSHSL 1A championship boys hockey game Saturday, March 12, 2022 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.

Southern Minnesota town hit hard by Dec. storm

After hitting Hartland about 7 p.m., the storm moved north and east and damaged homes near Lewiston and in Plainview, about 20 miles away, produced wind gusts of 85 mph. Initial reports there indicated a second tornado touched down. That was not confirmed, despite reports Wednesday night, Kurz said.

Black Friday shopping less frenzied

Though there were definitely shoppers Black Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, the crowds were smaller than before the pandemic.

Jackson County Central beats Mounds Park Academy in Class 2A volleyball state tournament semifinal

Lynx beat Indiana Fever

The Minnesota Lynx beat the Indiana Fever 90-80 at Target Center on Sunday, September 12, 2021.

Restaurants to discover in Alexandria, St. Joseph

There's plenty of delicious ground to cover along I-94 on the way to lake country.

Book conservator breathes new life into family heirloom

Bailey Kinsky of Valkyrie Conservation runs a one-woman shop out of her garage loft in Stillwater. She brought Phil Handy's 250-year-old family Bible back to life.

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Photos: Boxers train on the Minnesota backroads

Boxers work towards bouts at Circle of Discipline training center in Barnum, Minnesota.

Workouts ahead of Canterbury Park opening

Exercise riders and horses head to the track for a workout Friday at Canterbury Park in Shakopee.

COVID patient discharged after 81 days

John Grubb, of St. Michael, was discharged from HCMC after 81 days on the ECMO heart-lung bypass machine.

Student fires gunshots in Plymouth Middle School

A school resource officer apprehended the student, who fired the shots in a hall outside a bathroom, police and the district superintendent said during a media briefing late Monday morning. A gun was recovered, police said.

Lorie Line: At home in music

After nearly losing home to foreclosure, entertainer Lorie Line has come back to relishing her life.

Visitors at Paisley Park on the 5th anniversary of Prince's death

People remembered Prince on the 5th anniversary of his death on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.

Minnesota students stage walkouts to protest racial injustice

Students from dozens of Minnesota schools walked out of their classrooms Monday afternoon, in a coordinated protest against racial injustice and the killing of Daunte Wright, the 20-year-old man shot by a police officer in a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center earlier this month.

Chet Holmgren chooses Gonzaga

Minnehaha Academy basketball star Chet Holmgren chose Gonzaga to continue his basketball career.

Class 2A wrestling tournament

Action from the Class 2A wrestling team semifinals and finals at St. Michael-Albertville High School on Friday.

A newborn born in a car outside hospital named after security officer who helped deliver her

A press conference featured Hennepin Healthcare officer Tiffany Owen, who delivered the baby of Lacey Gonzalez on March 8 in a car outside the hospital.

Photos: Winter on the wing

Remember winter? These birds do because they likely spent most of it here. And staff photographer David Joles remembers, as well. He set out to photograph some of these images when winter was at its worst — 20-below worst. "I figured it would look as cold as it felt," he said. He worked in 30-minute stints, until his camera equipment and fingers froze. "I have a great respect for birds and animals that can survive a Minnesota winter," he said.

Wild vs Kings

Minnesota Wild played L.A. Kings at Excel Friday night.

Formerly homeless, now helping others

Through hard work and the help of others, Allen Touche may get the stability he has longed for.

Black Friday in-store shopping lighter during pandemic

Though people did still turn out for Black Friday deals early, the crowds were lighter than usual.

Day before Thanksgiving still brings out the crowds at airport

Traffic at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport was occasionally brisk Wednesday morning as travelers hurry to celebrate Thanksgiving with friends and family, despite warnings from health officials to stay home as the deadly COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread.

Photos: Gophers women's hockey loses to Ohio State

The Minnesota Gophers women's hockey team lost 2-1 to Ohio State to split the series.

Excelsior house on the move Friday

A century-old Excelsior house, marked for demolition, is being saved by moving it from its current location about eight blocks away.

The "No-Go Zone," surrounding the area of 38th and Chicago

The "No-Go Zone," surrounding the area of 38th and Chicago where George Floyd was killed, is a different experience from day to night.

Target reopens Lake Street store heavily damaged in riots

The Target Store on Lake Street in Minneapolis will reopen Wednesday for the first time since shutting down in May following riots that destroyed the business and many others along the normally bustling commercial corridor.

Photos: New saliva testing center

A new saliva testing center for COVID was set up in the Minneapolis Convention Center.

COVID antigen testing at UW-Eau Claire

The testing was for those who are asymptomatic and took about 20 minutes from the time the swab is taken until the results came back. UW-Eau Claire has a comprehensive COVID tracking program and can quickly test students and faculty.
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 Minne

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.

The Farmington band plays on working through COVID times

The pandemic has disrupted just about every part of school, but things are tough this year for band and choir programs but adjustments are making in person learning possible.

Voting begins in Minnesota

On Friday, the first day of voting in Minnesota, people turned up in person to cast their votes despite a record number of Minneapolis voters requesting mail-in ballots.

Vegetable plots are a working pandemic victory garden

Since June, the farm has grown nearly 7,000 pounds of fresh produce for an Elk River food shelf.

Homeless encampment space reclaimed

A homeless encampment has once again sprung up at the site of the Wall of Forgotten Natives, the 2018 encampment that raised the state's awareness of the growing homeless problem. There was a news conference by the homeless advocates and the park board's announcement Wednesday that all encampments on park property must be gone by October.

Colleges prep for COVID-19 differently

Plans to monitor college students for coronavirus and disclose campus cases very widely across Minnesota.

Fire at Metro Metals Recycling

A large fire at Metro Metals Recycling sent a giant black plume of smoke skyward, visible around the metro for miles Tuesday mid-morning in St. Paul. St. Paul fire responded to the fire --mostly old cars awaiting recycling--and fairly quickly had the fire under control.

Nonprofits get creative in race for donations

Some organizations worry they may not survive the economic crisis. Erich Mische of Spare Key will soon begin a two-month,1,700 mile journey down the Mississippi River to raise money to help keep his non-profit afloat.

Giving mussels to the Mississippi River

For the first time in nearly a century, native mussels may soon return to a barren stretch of the Mississippi River above St. Anthony Falls in downtown Minneapolis. First, however, river mussels were transplanted to a spot in the St. Croix River to grow, across from Hudson, Wis.

Helping the homeless and looking for solutions

Thousands of Minnesotans who are poor, elderly or have disabilities will get more help staying in their own homes and avoid becoming homeless under an innovative Medicaid program launched this week by the state Department of Human Services. People Inc., a St. Paul nonprofit, provided outreach services to a group of homeless people camping at Eastside Heritage Park in St. Paul.

Mall of America reopens

Mall of America reopens Wednesday for the first time since the pandemic and delays after protests in the aftermath of George Floyd's death.

Canterbury Park prepares for racing

On the day before racing starts, Canterbury Park was humming with activity, including trainer/horse owner Shawn Davis of Idaho and Arizona as he headed for an elevated spot to watch some of his 18 horses work out Tuesday.

Teens celebrated during drive-in graduation ceremony

Class of 2020 students were celebrated during drive-in ceremony for graduates with ties to Shiloh Temple.

Mendota Heights artist with autism garners international fame

Painter and mixed media artist Jimmy Reagan's works have been shown around the world, alongside that of Picasso and Seurat. His pieces sell for up to $8,000.
Megan Callahan-Beckel, a member of the Wildlife Science Center animal care staff, holds one of three 12-day old wolf pups that were temporarily remove

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.

Preparing for a quieter Memorial Day

Memorial Day 2020 will be yet another strange holiday because of COVID-19 at Fort Snelling National Cemetery and beyond.