Last week I photographed a soldier funeral for the first time. I couldn’t help but feel the contrast between this tragic event and the soldier homecoming I photographed the week before. It was very kind of Sgt. Dickhut’s family to allow us to cover the funeral and remind the community of the immense sacrifice that members of the military and their families experience. The graveside ceremony was moving and I found it extremely tough to not feel like a heal as I hit the shutter.
Diane Richardson examines a photograph of her and her husband Dan from their 25th wedding anniversary while looking through debris from the basement of their home near Oak Center Tuesday, May 8, 2012. Six feet of water from an intense rain and hail storm rushed into their finished basement last Tuesday.
Red Wing’s Laura Chalmers winds up for a pitch during high school softball action against Century Wednesday, May 9, 2012 in Red Wing.
Students in the Chatfield High School home economics class don hats and aprons before working on making grilled pizza with Kahler Grand Hotel Executive Chef Pasqaule Presa.
Members of the Minnesota National Guard Honor Guard fold the American flag that draped the casket of Sgt. Nicholas Dickhut during graveside services at Grandview Memorial Gardens in Rochester, Tuesday, May 8, 2012.
Jacqueline Carson, Nicholas’ mother, accepts a flag from the military.
Aliesha Glidden receives an American flag during graveside services for her husband Sgt. Nicholas Dickhut. Also pictured is Dickhut’s brother David Carson, 9.
Sgt. Nicholas Dickhut’s wife, Aliesha Glidden, second from right, cries during a service for the fallen soldier at Grandview Memorial Gardens Tuesday in Rochester. At far left is Dickhut’s mother, Jacqueline Carson, and his sister Natasha Carson. At right is Dickhut’s brother David Carson.
Shakespeare teacher Mary Greenslade, of Richmond, England, works with Rochester Montessori School fourth grade student Angelique Woodrich while rehearsing scenes from the play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Thursday, May 10, 2012 at the Rochester Montessori School. The school is hosting Greenslade as its artist-in-residence for two weeks.
The Gold Rush Antique Show offers up an interesting juxtaposition of icons Friday, May 11, 2012 at the Olmsted County Fairgrounds. The event continues today from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.