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Baldwin man offers glimpse at Thursday's protests

Jason Norden, a Baldwin native, operates a photography studio in his hometown but regularly travels to Minneapolis as a contract photographer for special events at various nightclubs.

Thursday afternoon, he decided to park his car, grab his Canon 20D and trail an estimated 1,000 demonstrators who were gathering for a march to Harriet Island. The group moved peacefully while police watched.

Later in the afternoon, the group split up and eventually blocked traffic flow on John Ireland Boulevard, prompting numerous arrests.

Norden, who attended Brown Institute for a time before starting his own business and a family, captured a variety of images which reflect the heavy security that enveloped St. Paul all week.

Norden didn't witness any tear gas or violent confrontations between police and demonstrators.

He submitted some images for the Star-Observer to share with its readers.

Norden, who specialises in event photography and senior portraits, can be reached at #651-492-2942. His studio is at 780 Main St., Baldwin.