Welcome to DarleneProis.com

As a kid, I was prone to staring at people and asking a zillion questions. I was thrilled to discover that I could get paid for that, and I’ve made a career of it.

I’ve been a journalist for more than 35 years, all of it spent at daily newspapers. My desire to write was altered by an art photography class, so I began my career as a photojournalist, detoured briefly into management, and now combine both photography and writing. I’ll soon mark three decades with the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

I’m not a skater, but my husband Dave is. He and his daughter Heather have been skating together for more than a decade, and they’re darn good at it. When I met them almost five years ago, they tried to teach me to skate, too, but it was evident that I’d be happier doing something I was good at – observing.

As I watched them race, my journalistic instincts kicked in. Each race – and each racer – has their own story. My camera helps tell those stories.

These are what you’ll find here. Enjoy!