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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 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. University Of South Dakota

The 10th-ranked University of North Dakota football team was hoping to build on last weekend’s Potato Bowl victory against Missouri State, but the University of South Dakota (3-0) had a different idea as the Coyotes overwhelmed the Fighting Hawks 45-7 before almost 10,000 fans Saturday in the DakotaDome. USD quarterback Chris Streveler, who has won back-to-back Missouri Conference Offensive Player of the Week accolades to start the season, had 49 rushing yards and a touchdown and went 17-for-23 through the air for 241 yards and a score before the break and finished with 352 yards of total offense and accounted for three of the Coyotes’ five touchdowns. USD’s Kai Henry ran for two touchdowns and rushed for a team-high 80 yards on 12 carries.UND (1-2) trailed 31-0 after the first half before scoring its only touchdown in the third quarter, a 10-yard touchdown pass from Keaton Studsrud to Travis Toivonen. John Santiago finished with 85 yards rushing to lead UND, which finished with just 102 total yards on the ground. Studsrud finished 11-for-22 passing for 133 yards. UND opens Big Sky Conference play Saturday when it hosts the Montana State in the Alerus Center.

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — A Week Of Sports At University Of North Dakota


The University of North Dakota sports teams were busy this past week, the women’s volleyball team playing and winning four matches — North Dakota State University, George Washington, South Dakota State University and Appalachian State — and the men’s football team shutting out Missouri State in the Potato Bowl. Grand Forks photographer Russ Hons was on hand for all the action, and here is what caught his eye.

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

The University of North Dakota women’s volleyball team won its 10th match of the season in 11 tries, topping in-state rival North Dakota State University before a sold-out crowd of 3,140 fans Wednesday night in Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. The Fighting Hawks swept the Bison 25-18, 25-9, 25-13 behind the second-largest crowd in the Betty’s history. Faith Dooley led UND with a team-high nine kills and was supported by Jordan Vail and Ashley Brueggeman, who each added seven kills. NDSU was led by McKenzie Burke, who recorded 13 kills. The Bison fell to 4-3 with the loss. UND returns to action Friday, when it will host George Washington (11:30 a.m.) and Appalachian State (7 p.m.). The Fighting Hawks then play South Dakota State at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Betty.

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

The University of North Dakota women’s soccer team fell to 2-3-1 on the season with a 1-0 loss to the University of South Dakota on Sunday afternoon at Bronson Field in Grand Forks. An inadvertent UND redirect of a shot by South Dakota’s Katelyn Floysand snuck past Fighting Hawks goalie Olivia Swenson to give the Coyotes the win. Swenson had nine saves, and USD’s Coral Suarez had four. UND returns to play Sept. 15 when it hosts South Dakota State University.

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. University of Nebraska-Omaha

The University of North Dakota and the University of Nebraska-Omaha played to a scoreless tie in women’s college soccer Friday at Bronson Field in Grand Forks.  UND’s Olivia Swenson, with six saves, recorded her second shutout of the season and third her career. UND returns to play today when it hosts the University of South Dakota.

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

The University of North Dakota football team hung with the University of Utah for one quarter Thursday night in Salt Lake City,  but the 25th-ranked Utes proved to be too much for the Fighting Hawks the rest of the game. The result was a 37-16 win for the Football Bowl Subdivision’s Utes, who won their 10th-straight season opener. The Football Championship Subdivision’s Fighting Hawks were outgained 499-238 in total offense and outrushed 272-51. UND Quarterback Keaton Studsrud was 13-for-28 passing for 175 yards and a touchdown, but Fighting Hawks All-Big Sky running back duo of John Santiago and Brady Oliveira were held to a combined 35 yards on 17 attempts. Travis Toivonen led UND with four receptions for 64 yards, while senior De’mun Mercer added three grabs for 32 yards. UND’s Reid Taubenheim made all three of his field goal attempts in the first half. UND’s only touchdown was scored by Luke Fiedler on a 3-yard pass from Studsrud. The Utes were paced by quarterback Tyler Huntley, who was 23-for-32 passing for 227 yards and one touchdown. He added 70 yards rushing with one touchdown. UND returns to action in next Saturday’s Potato Bowl game against Missouri State in the Alerus Center.

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — Blues On The Red

Grand Forks photographer Russ Hons took in Happy Harry’s Blues on the Red on Saturday in downtown Grand Forks. The opening act was Squishy Mud from the Twin Cities, followed by headliner Laura Rain and the Caesars from Detroit.

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — A Dog’s Life

The jumping competition was held Saturday and Sunday in the Scheels parking lot in Grand Forks as part of store’s Hunting Expo. Locals were encouraged to bring their dogs and try it out. A number of professionals were there competing for ribbons and trophies.

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — August Potpourri

It’s been said that variety is the spice of life. Follow Grand Forks photographer Russ Hons around for a couple of days, and you will understand the meaning of that old adage. The past few days, Russ captured these images of senior pictures by the lake; a rodeo in Detroit Lakes, Minn.; some star, northern lights and sunset shots at the lake; and Monday’s solar eclipse and more northern lights in Grand Forks. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)

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

The University of North Dakota women’s soccer team kicked off its 2017 season with a 1-0 exhibition win over Jamestown College on Saturday in Grand Forks. The two teams played three 30-minute periods. Freshman Mimi Eiden scored the game’s lone goal, assisted by Katie Moller. UND junior goalkeeper Olivia Swenson stopped only one shot, and backup goalie, sophomore Jacqueline Wells, did not see any shots. Jamestown goalkeepers Lauren Sayler and Sophie Ledger combined for 14 saves, including nine by Ledger in the final frame. UND hosts Bemidji State at 6 p.m. Tuesday and will open the regular season Aug. 18 at North Dakota State. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)