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About Me

Dave Arntson holds a degree in photojournalism and nearly 20 years of experience as a press and commercial photographer. He has been a photojournalist at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead and at the The Northwestern of Oshkosh, Wis., where he covered daily news and sports. He also teaches photography courses at Minnesota State University Moorhead.

He is an award-winning member of the National Press Photographers Association, North Dakota Newspaper Association, Minnesotate Newspaper Association and Wisconsin Newspaper Association.

He also owns and operates Milestones Photography which specializes in wedding photojournalism and portraiture.

Past clients include:

ZUMA Press
Associated Press
New York Times
Star Tribune
Dallas Morning News
RDO Equipment
Plains Art Museum
Sundog Interactive
Minnesota State University Moorhead
Sanford Health
North Dakota State College of Science
United Way
Moore Engineering
Houston Engineering
Obermiller Nelson
Arntson Stewart Wegner

More Agriculture Calendar Photos

One of my favorite yearly assignments is traveling around the countryside taking photos for RDO Equipment’s yearly calendar. The photo sessions are fun but meeting all these great people is even better.

Sibling Farmers Future Farmer Lifting Sugar Beets Sugar Beet Field

Minnesota State University Moorhead

Often an organization finds it useful invest in several days worth of photos to build up their internal stock photography portfolio. These samples are just a few of the several hundred images I provided to Minnesota State University Moorhead.

Dorm Dorm Exercise Music Student Life Science

North Dakota Bakken Oil

I’ve made a couple of trips to the western part of the state to document the current oil boom. The impact on the Williston and Watford City areas is truly dramatic and will be felt for decades to come. Here are just a few images.

The large amount of truck traffic, often with overweight vehicles, creates road damage like these tire depressions in a Watford City turn lane.

The large amount of truck traffic, often with overweight vehicles, creates road damage like these tire depressions in a Watford City turn lane.

An oil well and gas flare near Watford City. So many wells burn off the gas instead of capturing it they can be seen from space at night.

An oil well and gas flare near Watford City. So many wells burn off the gas instead of capturing it they can be seen from space at night.

Rail cars provide one of the main oil transportation options to refineries. The controversial Keystone XL pipeline would provide some relief to both rail and road traffic.

Rail cars provide one of the main oil transportation options to refineries. The controversial Keystone XL pipeline would provide some relief to both rail and road traffic.

A sample of frac sand which is forced into wells creating the fractures that release the oil in the Bakken formation.

A sample of frac sand which is forced into wells creating the fractures that release the oil in the Bakken formation.

The Williston train depot is alive with activity as people from all over the country flock to western North Dakota.

The Williston train depot is alive with activity as people from all over the country flock to western North Dakota.

A New Jersey native traveled to Williston in search of work. He immediately found work at a pizza shop but was unable to find anyplace to live. He traveled by bus to Minot, ND in hopes of better luck.

A New Jersey native traveled to Williston in search of work. He immediately found work at a pizza shop but was unable to find anyplace to live. He traveled by bus to Minot, ND in hopes of better luck.

Williston Mayor Ward Koeser has helped his community weather massive growth over the past five years.

Williston Mayor Ward Koeser has helped his community weather massive growth over the past five years.

A rural well site on the prairie near Tioga, ND.

A rural well site on the prairie near Tioga, ND.

Red River Flood – March 28, 2009

By March 28 the flood fight had mostly turned into a waiting game. Most dikes were built to the appropriate levels and were being patrolled. Warmer, sunny weather also brought out sightseers to the Main Avenue bridge.

Red River Flood – March 27, 2009

March 27 images from the Oak Grove area, South Fargo and the Red River Valley Fairgrounds where preparations were being made for displaced animals and people.

Red River Flood – March 26, 2009

By March 26 the days were already beginning to blend together: the supply of sandbags at the Fargodome continued to grow, sandbag dikes grew longer and higher, and volunteers from all over the region continued to work like champs. One change was a hard freeze the night before resulting in frozen sandbags that needed to be broken up with baseball bats before being set in place.

Red River Flood – March 25, 2009

On March 25, 2009 Oxbow, N.D. was the target of some of the most intense attention by Cass County authorities. The Red River rose rapidly the night before and many homes were suddenly threatened by the approaching water. Airboats from the U.S. Coast Guard and N.D. Game and Fish Department rescued stranded residents and animals while volunteers streamed in on large trucks to help build sandbag dikes.

Red River Flood – March 24, 2009

March 24, 2009 was my first trip to Sandbag Central at the Fargodome. It looks busy in these photos but it’s nothing compared to the days to come.

Red River Flood – March 23, 2009

Three years ago today the fight was on to save Fargo and Moorhead from the rising Red River. Police cars used lights and sirens to escort trucks carrying sandbags to strategic locations around the city, students were let out of school to help build dikes and a steady rhythm of effort spread across the community.

North Dakota Energy Symposium

Sen. John Hoeven presented this year’s North Dakota Energy Symposium at North Dakota State University on March 5. The topic was “Using Technology to Enhance Clean Energy Production.” Leaders from the energy industry along with researchers from university and government labs discussed advancements in both traditional and clean energy sectors.