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Herald photographer John Stennes retires after 36 years photographing region’s news

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John Stennes, the Herald’s chief photographer, is retiring Monday, after a near-36-year career in which he’s created a photographic history of Grand Forks and the Red River Valley.


“I’ve had the opportunity to photograph everything from popes to presidents to the Super Bowl,” he said.

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Kevin Bonham
Kevin Bonham covers regional news, mostly from northeast North Dakota, for the Grand Forks Herald. A North Dakota native who grew up in Mandan and Dickinson, he has been a reporter or an editor with the Herald and Forum Communications for more than 30 years. Find his articles at: He welcomes story ideas via email,, or by phone, (701) 780-1110.  
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