Brett Larson

11755 90th Avenue • Milaca, MN • (320)

Curriculum Vitae


Teacher Master’s degree in English, college teaching experience in English and journalism, currently working on K-12 license in English as a Second Language.

Editor Over six years as editor of weekly newspaper, six years as college newspaper advisor, thousands of newspaper articles edited and proofread, thousands of student papers analyzed and critiqued.

Writer Fourteen years as reporter and columnist, hundreds of published articles and opinion columns, academic papers presented and published, teaching materials researched and prepared, original songs recorded, wide variety of fiction and non-fiction in progress.


North Dakota State University   M.A. (1994) in English.

Bethel College B.A. (1986) in Social Science and Literature.

Additional graduate work in theology at Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary and mass communications at St. Cloud State University. Currently a student and graduate assistant in the English as a Second Language program at St. Cloud State.

Professional Experience

January 2014-present, Graduate Assistant, ESL Program, St. Cloud State University

I tutor students in English as a Second Language while working on a second Master’s Degree in ESL and a Minnesota K-12 teaching license.

August 2007-December 2013, November 1997-August 2000, June-August 2001, April-August. Editor, assistant editor, reporter, photographer, Mille Lacs Messenger, Isle, MN

Full-time editor from 2007 to 2013, interim editor June through August 2001 and April through August 2004, full-time reporter November 1997 through August 2000. Oversaw production of weekly newspaper, quarterly magazine, special projects, and website. Managed staff of six to eight reporter/photographers, typesetters, photo techs and interns. Hired two editors, one full-time reporter, several interns. Planned and implemented website redesign and launch. Received Minnesota Newspaper Awards as an individual and staff for website, multimedia project, headline writing, reporting. Wrote stories on wide variety of topics, took photographs, used Photoshop, Quark, Joomla and other programs. Wrote weekly columns on local, state and national issues. Represented newspaper at community meetings and events.

January-June 2007, Journalism instructor, Peter Arnett School of Journalism, Southern Institute of Technology, Invercargill, New Zealand

Taught courses in bachelor’s program and journalism certificate program, including interviewing, design, grammar, subediting, math and newswriting.

1999-2011, Journalism and English Adjunct Instructor, Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Cambridge, MN

Taught Introduction to Journalism and Mass Communications, Media Writing, Photojournalism, Practical Experience in Journalism, College Writing and Critical Reading, Short Stories, Canoeing. Served as advisor to student newspaper staff, coordinated production, worked with printer, and taught reporting, writing, photography, layout and design.

1994-1997   English instructor

Rainy River Community College, International Falls, MN

Taught Composition, Technical Writing, Creative Writing, American Literature, Environmental Literature, Intercultural Communication, Developmental Writing. Served as advisor of student literary publication. Developed learning community program for at-risk students.

1985-1992     Various Employers

Worked as social science researcher, natural resources technician, wilderness guide, secretary, landscaper and carpenter.


1997-present, Mille Lacs Messenger — hundreds of columns, photographs, news stories, blog posts, and feature stories.

“Slim’s Last Ride” (fiction). Horse and Horseman magazine, 1994.

“Coyote Fixes the World: The Power of Myth in Thomas King’s Green Grass, Running Water,” North Dakota Quarterly 63.2 (Spring 1996).

“Minnesota’s Voyageurs National Park.” Sea Kayaker 15.5 (December 1998).

All the Way Wrong. Mercy Recordings, 2003. CD.

“The Hour of Decision” (fiction). Life in Body. St. Paul: Cathedral Hill Press, 2005.

Blood of the Faithful. Mercy Recordings, 2005. CD.

“Trails Trumpeted in the Twin Cities,” “A Long Day’s Journey on the Rum River,” “Fit but Fat at 40,” “Memories of Kayak Festivals Past,” “Nice Ride? You Betcha!” Silent Sports magazine, 2005-2010.

One of These Roads. Mercy Recordings. CD. 2014.

Honors, Awards, Affiliations

Summa Cum Laude graduate, Bethel College, 1986

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society member, North Dakota State University, 1994.

“Most Promising Writer” award and fellowship. Loft literary center novel writing class, 1994, New York Mills Regional Arts Center.

Modern Language Association member, 1994-1995, two presentations at national MLA conference.

East Central Regional Arts Council grants, 2004, 2008.

Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Cambridge Campus faculty honor roll, 2000-2001, 2003-2004.

Best Columnist, Minnesota Newspaper Association, circulation 2,500-5,000, 2010.

Best Feature Story, National Newspaper Association, 2010.

Premack Award for Public Affairs Journalism, 2010. Minnesota Journalism Center, University of Minnesota.

Best Columnist, Minnesota Newspaper Association, circulation 2,500-5,000, 2011.

Second Place, Best Columnist, Minnesota Newspaper Association, 2013.

Herman Roe Editorial Award, Minnesota Newspaper Association, 2013.

Skills and Interests

I have written, recorded, and performed music, started several blogs, and guided wilderness hiking and canoeing trips. I have written a novel, a memoir, and an illustrated children’s book (all as yet unpublished), and I am working on a short story collection.


Mary Sam, Director of Diversity, Equity and Tribal Relations Phone: (218) 855-8159 Email:

Peter Wahlstrom, philosophy instructor, Anoka-Ramsey Community College Phone: (763) 433-1953 Email:

Kevin Anderson, publisher, Mille Lacs Messenger Phone: (320) 676-3123 Email:

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