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Russell Hons

Russell Hons has been a private investigator in Grand Forks for the past 25 years. During that time, he has honed his photography skills in many different environments, including, surveillance, accident scene photography, document photography, etc. He also has enjoyed photography as a hobby for many years. Russell is a freelance photographer and works for many different media outlets photographing sporting events for their publications. He also enjoys taking portraits, wildlife, landscapes and other commissioned works. His website is RussellHonsPhotography.com and his photos also can be seen on Facebook/RussellHonsPhotography A former swimmer for UND, and diehard UND Sports fan, he has three grown sons, a stepdaughter and four grandchildren and lives in Grand Forks with his wife, Paulette.

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University of North Dakota Vs. Northland College

The University of North Dakota men’s basketball team, behind Cortez Seales’ game-high 20 points, defeated Division II Northland College of Ashland, Wis., 79-48 in an exhibition game Tuesday night in Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. The Fighting Hawks (3-2) also received 11 points each from Marlon Stewart and Conner Avants. Brandon Galland had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Lumber Jacks (0-2). UND returns to action Saturday when it hosts Great West foe Utah Valley. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University of North Dakota Vs. University Of Massachusetts

The University of North Dakota women’s basketball team, led by Lexi Klabo’s 23 points, 13 rebounds and eight blocked shots, defeated the University of Massachusetts 82-52 on Sunday in Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. UND (1-2) won its first game of the season after opening with road losses to Oregon State University and South Dakota State University. The Fighting Hawks also received strong offensive efforts from Fallon Freije (16 points), Jill Morton Morton (16) and Melissa Dailey (11). UMass (2-2) was paced by Bre Hampton-Bey and Hailey Leidel, who each scored 11 points. UND hits the road this week for a pair of games in San Antonio, where the Fighting Hawks will face Lamar (Friday) and UT-San Antonio (Saturday). (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — National Christmas Tree

The National Christmas Tree made a stop in downtown Grand Forks on Sunday morning, much to the delight of the crowd that gathered to see it at Town Square. The tree, from Kootenai National Forest in Montana, made the visit as part of the “U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Whistle Stop.” Grand Forks Mayor Michael Brown made a formal proclamation recognizing the tree, a 70-foot Engelmann spruce, which will grace the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol during the holiday season. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — Minnesota Wild Vs. Philadelphia Flyers

Devan Dubnyk stopped all 30 shots he faced and recorded an assist on an empty-net goal to lead the Wild to a a 3-0 win against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night in St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center. Nino Niederreiter, Eric Stahl and Jason Zucker scored for the Wild (8-7-2). Brian Elliott made 17 saves for the Flyers (8-8-2). (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. Miami University

The University of North Dakota men’s hockey team overcame a 2-0 deficit against Miami University on Saturday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena to score a shootout win in National Collegiate Hockey Conference play. The Fighting Hawks (7-2-3 overall, 2-1-1 NCHC) and the RedHawks (4-5-1 overall, 1-2-1 NCHC) were tied 3-3 after regulation and a 5-on-5 5-minute overtime and a 3-minute 3-on-3 session before a Christian Wolanin snapshot beat Ryan Larkin and UND freshman goalie Peter Thome stopped Miami’s Carson Meyer. The shootout win gave UND five of the six points available in the series after Friday’s 4-1 victory. Tucker Poolman, Dixon Bowen and Shane Gersich scored for the Fighting Hawks in regulation, while Gordie Green, Ryan Siroky and Josh Melnick scored for the RedHawks. Thome finished the game with 20 saves, while Larkin stopped 29 shots. UND, with 8 points in league play, is one point out of first place, shared by Colorado College and Western Michigan, with 9 points each. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. Miami University

Nick Jones scored two goals and goaltender Peter Thome stopped 27 of 28 shots as the University of North Dakota men’s hockey team defeated Miami University 4-1 in National Collegiate Hockey Conference play Friday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena. Rhett Gardner and Grant Mismash also scored for the Fighting Hawks (7-2-2 overall, 2-1 NCHC). Karch Bachman scored the only goal for Miami (4-5 overall, 1-2 NCHC). Ryan Larkin  had 22 saves in goal for Miami. The two teams meet again tonight in REA. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. Northern Arizona University

Sydney Mattson, starting just her first match of the season, had a career-best 35 assists to lead the University of North Dakota women’s volleyball team to a 25-20, 25-17, 25-19 Big Sky Conference sweep of Northern Arizona University on Thursday night in Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. On offense, UND was led by Tamara Merseli, who had 12 kills and 20 digs. Faith Dooley chipped in 10 kills, while Jordan Vail had nine kills and Ashley Brueggeman had seven. The Fighting Hawks (26-7 overall, 11-4 BSC) are still in the mix to grab the No. 2 seed in the upcoming league tournament. NAU is 12-14 overall and 8-7 in the BSC. UND hosts Northern Colorado in its regular season finale Saturday morning. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. University Of Minnesota-Crookston

The University of North Dakota women’s basketball team tuned up for its upcoming 2017-18 season opener with a 79-50 exhibition win over the University of Minnesota-Crookston on Wednesday night in Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. The Fighting Hawks were paced by Lexi Klabo, who scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Fallen Freije chipped in 17 points and eight reboards for the Fighting Hawks, and transfer Melissa Dailey added in 16 points, six assists and two rebounds. The Golden Eagles were paced by Isieoma Odor, who scored 16 points, and Micaela Noga, who added 12. UND travels to 17th-ranked Oregon State for its regular season opener Friday. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. University Of Wisconsin

The University of North Dakota men’s hockey team rode the goaltending of freshman Peter Thome, who was making his first collegiate starts, to a win and a tie with the University of Wisconsin this past Friday and Saturday in Madison. The Fighting Hawks (7-2-1) defeated the Badgers (6-5) 3-2 Friday night and skated to a 2-2 overtime tie Saturday night. Thome stopped 58 of 62 shots in the two-game series, which helped him gain the National Collegiate Hockey Conference Goaltender of the Week honors. Collin Adams, Austin Poganski and Nick Jones scored for UND in the opener, while Shane Gersich and Adams tallied in the finale. UND returns home this weekend to host Miami in NCHC action. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. University Of Montana

The University of North Dakota women’s volleyball team won its 20th straight home match, defeating the University of Montana 25-15, 22-25, 26-25, 25-19 in Big Sky Conference play Thursday night in Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. The Fighting Hawks (24-2 overall, 9-2 BSC) did have their school-record consecutive home set winning streak come to an end at 39, though, as Montana took the third set. UND was led by Jordan Vail, who had 11 kills and six blocks. Faith Dooley added 10 kills and seven total blocks, while Sydney Griffin chipped in 36 assists, 10 digs, six kills, three blocks and a pair of aces in the win. North Dakota returns to action Saturday night when it hosts Montana State. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)