The Fremont Store

As an agricultural photographer based  in Rochester, Minnesota, who shoots primarily throughout the midwest, I am constantly out driving the backroads photographing farm life in rural America. A few weeks ago I was all over southern Minnesota photographing farmers with their vintage tractors for a project SEMA Equipment is working on. When passing through Fremont, Minnesota, I came upon this very old country store, which I had actually stopped to photograph in the past. But this time the lighting was absolutely beautiful as the sun was about to set, so I just had to stop.

The Fremont Store, located just south of Lewiston, Minnesota, was built in 1856 and still functions as a store today. It is currently owned and operated by 101-year-old, Martha Johnson, who lives right next door.

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Rochester, Minnesota, professional photographer, Dean Riggott, has specializes in commercial, corporate, editorial and advertising photography since 1991. Areas of expertise include architecture, food, environmental portraits, farming, industrial, college campus life and Rochester, Minnesota photo stock. Agriculture is a favorite subject of Dean’s to photograph. Whether shooting for a client, or on his own, Dean can often be found out in the country capturing images of the land, the animals and the people.

As an agricultural photographer in the midwest I am constantly out driving the backroads heading somewhere. A few weeks ago I was all over southern Minnesota photographing farmers with their vintage tractors for a project SEMA Equipment is working on. When passing through Fremont, Minnesota, I came upon this very old country store, which I had actually stopped to photograph in the past. But this time the lighting was absolutely beautiful as the sun was about to set, so I just had to stop. The Fremont Store, located just south of Lewiston, Minnesota, was built in 1856 and still functions as a store today. It is currently owned and operated by 101-year-old, Martha Johnson, who lives right next door.

The Fremont Store was built in 1856 and still functions as a store today.

Highlights from Jackpot Junction in Morton, Minnesota!

A few weeks ago I was hired to do a big commercial hospitality photography shoot for Jackpot Junction in Morton, Minnesota. Along with the help of Minneapolis, Minnesota, producer, Bobbi Seaquist, we scheduled twelve models/talent from the Twin Cities area, as well as photography assistants, Joey Tichenor and Alex Butterfield, to work over three days at the casino. We shot in hotel rooms, coffee shops, gift shops, lobbies, restaurants, bars, the gaming floor, golf course and pro shop. We were on a very tight schedule, so timing and scheduling were of the utmost importance, but everything went as smooth as could be expected and it turned out to be a very successful and fun shoot! Below are some highlights!

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Dean Riggott is a photographer located in Rochester, Minnesota, who has specialized in commercial photography since 1991. Areas of expertise include products, agriculture, food, portraiture, hospitality, industrial, and college campus photography. Dean is based in his hometown of Rochester, Minnesota, but is available to travel anywhere in the U.S. or abroad.

Highlights from Jackpot Junction in Morton, Minnesota. © Dean Riggott Photography http://www.riggottphoto.com

Highlights from my commercial photography shoot at Jackpot Junction in Morton, Minnesota. © Dean Riggott Photography http://www.riggottphoto.com

Highlights from Jackpot Junction in Morton, Minnesota. © Dean Riggott Photography http://www.riggottphoto.com

Highlights from my commercial photography shoot at Jackpot Junction in Morton, Minnesota. © Dean Riggott Photography http://www.riggottphoto.com

Highlights from Jackpot Junction in Morton, Minnesota. © Dean Riggott Photography http://www.riggottphoto.com

Highlights from my commercial photography shoot at Jackpot Junction in Morton, Minnesota. © Dean Riggott Photography http://www.riggottphoto.com

Highlights from Jackpot Junction in Morton, Minnesota. © Dean Riggott Photography http://www.riggottphoto.com

Highlights from my commercial photography shoot at Jackpot Junction in Morton, Minnesota. © Dean Riggott Photography http://www.riggottphoto.com

Highlights from Jackpot Junction in Morton, Minnesota. © Dean Riggott Photography http://www.riggottphoto.com

Highlights from Jackpot Junction in Morton, Minnesota. © Dean Riggott Photography http://www.riggottphoto.com

Highlights from Jackpot Junction in Morton, Minnesota. © Dean Riggott Photography http://www.riggottphoto.com

Highlights from Jackpot Junction in Morton, Minnesota. © Dean Riggott Photography http://www.riggottphoto.com

Highlights from Jackpot Junction in Morton, Minnesota. © Dean Riggott Photography http://www.riggottphoto.com

Highlights from Jackpot Junction in Morton, Minnesota. © Dean Riggott Photography http://www.riggottphoto.com

Highlights from Jackpot Junction in Morton, Minnesota. © Dean Riggott Photography http://www.riggottphoto.com

Highlights from Jackpot Junction in Morton, Minnesota. © Dean Riggott Photography http://www.riggottphoto.com

 

 

Ballerina Botanicals Natural & Organic Skincare!

I was recently hired to do some product photography for an upstart company here in Rochester, Minnesota, called Ballerina Botanicals. Michaelene Karlen and her mother, Michelle Karlen, started making natural and organic skincare products for their own personal use a few years back and eventually had so many people asking them for it that they decided to start this company, and bam, things just took off! Now Michaelene, who was pursueing a professional dance career after spending a few years at a prestigious dance school in New York City, works full-time researching, making, marketing and selling Ballerina Botanicals skincare products. Their products are made with 100% pure therapeutic-grade essential oils. Every single ingredient is listed, so you will never have to question what you are putting on your skin. All products are cruelty-free and toxic-free. So how awesome is that?!

“We have a holistic approach to life because we feel it is important to keep harmful toxins, preservatives, and words we cannot pronounce out of our body. The simple life is a better life…period. This goes for our products too, because sometimes less is really more.” — Michaelene & Michelle Karlen.

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Rochester, Minnesota-based commercial photographer, Dean Riggott, has specialized in product photography since 1991. Other areas of expertise include environmental portraiture, agriculture, food, hospitality, corporate, commercial, industrial, and college campus photography. Dean is based in his hometown of Rochester, Minnesota, but is available to travel anywhere in the U.S. or abroad.

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Ballerina Botanicals organic skincare products. www.ballerinabotanicals.com

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Ballerina Botanicals organic skincare products. www.ballerinabotanicals.com

Ballerina Botanicals organic skincare products. www.ballerinabotanicals.com

Ballerina Botanicals organic skincare products. www.ballerinabotanicals.com

Ballerina Botanicals organic skincare products. www.ballerinabotanicals.com

Ballerina Botanicals organic skincare products. www.ballerinabotanicals.com

Ballerina Botanicals organic skincare products. www.ballerinabotanicals.com

Ballerina Botanicals organic skincare products. www.ballerinabotanicals.com

Ballerina Botanicals organic skincare products. www.ballerinabotanicals.com

Ballerina Botanicals organic skincare products. www.ballerinabotanicals.com

Future farmer

A young boy plays on his father’s old John Deere tractor on the family farm near Red Wing, Minnesota. I shot this while on a commercial shoot for SEMA Equipment, which has been one of my agricultural clients for a few years now. I absolutely love doing farm life photography, so was thrilled to be shooting a series of portraits of farmers with their old, often restored, John Deere Tractors, for a calendar they are putting together.

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Rochester, Minnesota, professional photographer, Dean Riggott, has specializes in commercial, corporate, editorial and advertising photography since 1991. Areas of expertise include architecture, food, environmental portraits, farming, industrial, college campus life and Rochester, Minnesota photo stock. Agriculture is a favorite subject of Dean’s to photograph. Whether shooting for a client, or on his own, Dean can often be found out in the country capturing images of the land, the animals and the people.

© Dean Riggott Photography   http://www.riggottphoto.com

A boy plays on a tractor on a farm near Red Ring, Minnesota.

A boy plays on a tractor on a farm near Red Ring, Minnesota.

What a beautiful setting!

As an agricultural photographer I am frequently on the road cruising around southern Minnesota, and beyond, either looking for awesome things to photograph or going from one scheduled shoot to another. On this particular day I had already been on four farms and was heading to one more to shoot an environmental portrait of a farmer with his old, restored, John Deere tractor for one of my clients, SEMA Equipment, when I came upon this beautiful setting in Fremont, Minnesota. I would absolutely love to live on a setting like this. How incredibly beautiful and peaceful. And for someone who loves farm photography, this was definitely something I had to stop and shoot!

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Dean Riggott is a professional photographer based in Rochester, Minnesota, who specializes in editorial, commercial, corporate and advertising photography. Areas of expertise include architecture, food, environmental portraits, farming, industrial, college campus life and Rochester, Minnesota photo stock. Agriculture is a favorite subject of Dean’s to photograph. Whether shooting for a client, or on his own, Dean can often be found out in the country capturing images of the land, the animals and the people.

© Dean Riggott Photography   http://www.riggottphoto.com

 

Cows in a pasture on a farm in southeastern Minnesota near Fremont.

Cows in a pasture on a farm in southeastern Minnesota near Fremont.

Fun shoot at Jackpot Junction!

This week I had a two-day commercial shoot at Jackpot Junction in Morton, Minnesota. We had a big crew for this one, including Bobbi Seaquist (producer), Joey Tichenor (lighting guru), Alex Butterfield (assistant) and about a dozen models from various agencies in Minneapolis. There was a ton to coordinate and a very tight schedule to complete everything on the shotlist, but things went smooth as ever and we all had a good time in the process! As a commercial photographer I was thrilled to be doing a casino shoot and couldn’t be happier with my experience working with this crew. They were on top of things, organized, professional, reliable, prompt and a ton of fun! I’ll plan on posting highlights in the coming days!

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Dean Riggott has specialized in commercial photography since 1991. Areas of expertise include products, agriculture, food, portraiture, hospitality, industrial, and college campus photography. Dean is based in his hometown of Rochester, Minnesota, but is available to travel anywhere in the U.S. or abroad.

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With the entire crew while on a commercial photography shoot at Jackpot Junction in Morton, Minnesota.

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With my lighting crew while on a commercial photography shoot at Jackpot Junction in Morton, Minnesota.

Fun times with Bobbi Peacock on a commercial photo shoot at Jackpot Junction in Morton, Minnesota.

Fun times with producer Bobbi Peacock while on a commercial photo shoot at Jackpot Junction in Morton, Minnesota.

Mayo Civic Center Grand Opening

I was hired by longtime client, Knutson Construction, to photograph the grand opening of the all-new Mayo Civic Center expansion, which took place on May 4, 2017. The celebration included a welcome and ribbon cutting ceremony, guided tours, a video of the progress, live music by Annie Mack, food, beverages, games for kids, face painting, fireworks and so on. The weather couldn’t have been nicer and it was a great evening for all who attended. The Mayo Civic Center is named after William Worrall Mayo, who is the founder of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Construction on the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota, began in March, 2015. The expansion will be substantially completed and its new venues opened in April, 2017. The expanded Mayo Civic Center features:

•  Minnesota’s largest ballroom, with seating capacity of more than 4,000 theatre-style or 2,000 banquet-style.
•  The capacity to accommodate two 1,000-attendee events simultaneously.
•  Stunning pre-function areas with views of the Zumbro River and downtown Rochester.
•  More than 200,000 square feet of flexible meeting and exhibit space.
•  A brand-new banquet production kitchen.
•  The new Riverfront Plaza, which can serve as a multi-use gathering area or outdoor reception venue.
•  Venues designed to accommodate sophisticated production, AV, and wireless service needs.
•  A new interactive public art sculpture by Po Shu Wang that will be located outside on the southern side of the center and is expected to be installed in May.
•  Coming soon – newly renovated and acoustically enhanced Presentation Hall.

As an architectural photographer I was also asked to shoot some interiors and exteriors of this awesome project for Knutson Construction, who was the general contractor. I will be posting highlights from that shoot in the coming days, so you can see just how beautiful this building is!

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Rochester, Minnesota, photographer, Dean Riggott, has specialized in commercial, corporate and editorial photography since 1991. Areas of expertise include products, agriculture, food, portraiture, hospitality, industrial, and college campus photography. Dean is available to travel anywhere in the U.S. or abroad.

The Grand Opening of the Mayo Civic Center expansion in Rochester, Minnesota.

The Grand Opening of the Mayo Civic Center expansion in Rochester, Minnesota.

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The Grand Opening of the Mayo Civic Center expansion in Rochester, Minnesota.

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The Grand Opening of the Mayo Civic Center expansion in Rochester, Minnesota.

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The Grand Opening of the Mayo Civic Center expansion in Rochester, Minnesota.

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The Grand Opening of the Mayo Civic Center expansion in Rochester, Minnesota.

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The Grand Opening of the Mayo Civic Center expansion in Rochester, Minnesota.

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The Grand Opening of the Mayo Civic Center expansion in Rochester, Minnesota.

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The Grand Opening of the Mayo Civic Center expansion in Rochester, Minnesota.

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The Grand Opening of the Mayo Civic Center expansion in Rochester, Minnesota.

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The Grand Opening of the Mayo Civic Center expansion in Rochester, Minnesota.

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The Grand Opening of the Mayo Civic Center expansion in Rochester, Minnesota.

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The Grand Opening of the Mayo Civic Center expansion in Rochester, Minnesota.

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The Grand Opening of the Mayo Civic Center expansion in Rochester, Minnesota.

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The Grand Opening of the Mayo Civic Center expansion in Rochester, Minnesota.

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The Grand Opening of the Mayo Civic Center expansion in Rochester, Minnesota.

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The Grand Opening of the Mayo Civic Center expansion in Rochester, Minnesota.

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The Grand Opening of the Mayo Civic Center expansion in Rochester, Minnesota.

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The Grand Opening of the Mayo Civic Center expansion in Rochester, Minnesota.

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The Grand Opening of the Mayo Civic Center expansion in Rochester, Minnesota.

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The Grand Opening of the Mayo Civic Center expansion in Rochester, Minnesota.

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The Grand Opening of the Mayo Civic Center expansion in Rochester, Minnesota.

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The Grand Opening of the Mayo Civic Center expansion in Rochester, Minnesota.

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The Grand Opening of the Mayo Civic Center expansion in Rochester, Minnesota.

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The Grand Opening of the Mayo Civic Center expansion in Rochester, Minnesota.

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The Grand Opening of the Mayo Civic Center expansion in Rochester, Minnesota.

The Great Soap Company!

This past week I did some product photography for an old friend, Lisa (Austin) Janet, from way back in elementary school who now has a small, independent, soap company based right here in Rochester, Minnesota. These are beautiful and incredibly awesome all-natural bars of soap with ingredients such as cherries, lavendar, tapioca pearls, poppy seeds, olive oil, cocoa butter, bees wax, tea tree oil, oatmeal, coconut oil, rosemary and so on! And their prices are incredibly reasonable, especially compared to many of their competitors. As a commercial photographer based right here in Rochester, Minnesota, this was a perfect fit for me, so I offered to photograph Lisa’s soap products for her. We set-up in my home studio and used an old, rustic, coffee table I have in my living room, which was perfect for these hand-crafted soap products! My daughter, Ava, was home sick from school, so she had fun helping us out and even arranged the soaps with the lemon drops all by herself! It was a good time and we got some great images of her products, which are now featured on her website:

https://www.greatsoapcompany.com/

Rochester, Minnesota, photographer, Dean Riggott, has specialized in commercial photography since 1991. Areas of expertise include products, agriculture, food, portraiture, hospitality, corporate, commercial, industrial, and college campus photography. Dean is available to travel anywhere in the U.S. or abroad.

 

Products from The Great Soap Company of Rochester, Minnesota.

Hand-crafted soap products from The Great Soap Company of Rochester, Minnesota.

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Hand-crafted soap products from The Great Soap Company of Rochester, Minnesota.

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Hand-crafted soap products from The Great Soap Company of Rochester, Minnesota.

 

 

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Hand-crafted soap products from The Great Soap Company of Rochester, Minnesota.

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Hand-crafted soap products from The Great Soap Company of Rochester, Minnesota.

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Hand-crafted soap products from The Great Soap Company of Rochester, Minnesota.

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Hand-crafted soap products from The Great Soap Company of Rochester, Minnesota.

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Hand-crafted soap products from The Great Soap Company of Rochester, Minnesota.

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Hand-crafted soap products from The Great Soap Company of Rochester, Minnesota.

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Hand-crafted soap products from The Great Soap Company of Rochester, Minnesota.

Hand-crafted soap products from The Great Soap Company of Rochester, Minnesota.

Hand-crafted soap products from The Great Soap Company of Rochester, Minnesota.

Historic Third Street in Rochester, Minnesota

We recently had a beautiful spring day in which I found myself walking around on historic Third Street in my hometown of Rochester, Minnesota. There were people out and about going to pubs, restaurants, antique shops and so on, and it made for some great opportunities to get some Rochester, Mn, photo stock; something I’ve specialized in for more than 25 years. I doubt there is anyone on the planet who has more images of this city that I live. Here are some of the highlights from last week, including The Tap House, Grand Rounds Brewing and John Kruesel’s Antiques and Auctioneering. © Dean Riggott Photography

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Dean is a professional photographer based in Rochester, Minnesota. He works primarily in Minneapolis, St Paul, Mankato and Rochester, Minnesota, but is available to travel anywhere in the United States or abroad. Specialties include, Rochester, Minnesota, photo stock, corporate photography, hospitality photography, architectural photography, agricultural photography, industrial photography and commercial photography.

© Dean Riggott Photography   http://www.riggottphoto.com

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The Tap House and Grand Rounds Brewing Co. on Historic Third Street in Rochester, Minnesota. © Dean Riggott Photography

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Grand Rounds Brewing Co. on Historic Third Street in Rochester, Minnesota. © Dean Riggott Photography

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Grand Rounds Brewing Co. on Historic Third Street in Rochester, Minnesota. © Dean Riggott Photography

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A busy spring day on Historic Third Street in Rochester, Minnesota. © Dean Riggott Photography

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A street musician on Historic Third Street in Rochester, Minnesota. © Dean Riggott Photography

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Diners at The Tap House on Historic Third Street in Rochester, Minnesota. © Dean Riggott Photography

Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota

The all-new Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota is almost complete and will open to the public later this month! I photographed this project for longtime client, Knutson Construction, who was the general contractor.  This was an $84 million dollar expansion that offers 200,000 square feet of flexible meeting and exhibit space, including a 38,586 square foot ballroom that holds more than 4000 people. It’s getting to photograph cool projects like this that makes me love being an architectural photographer. I’ve been shooting architecture for Knutson construction for around 12 years now and am always impressed with the work they do and this one was no different!

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Dean Riggott has specialized in architectural photography since 1991. Other areas of expertise are agriculture, food, portraiture, hospitality, corporate, commercial, industrial, and college campus photography. Dean is based in his hometown of Rochester, Minnesota, but is available to travel anywhere in the U.S. or abroad.

The recently completed Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota, shot for Knutson Construction. © Dean Riggott Photography, http://www.riggottphoto.com

The recently completed Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota, shot for Knutson Construction. © Dean Riggott Photography, http://www.riggottphoto.com

 

 

The recently completed Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota, shot for Knutson Construction. © Dean Riggott Photography, http://www.riggottphoto.com

The recently completed Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota, shot for Knutson Construction. © Dean Riggott Photography, http://www.riggottphoto.com

The recently completed Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota, shot for Knutson Construction. © Dean Riggott Photography, http://www.riggottphoto.com

The recently completed Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota, shot for Knutson Construction. © Dean Riggott Photography, http://www.riggottphoto.com

The recently completed Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota, shot for Knutson Construction. © Dean Riggott Photography, http://www.riggottphoto.com

The recently completed Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota, shot for Knutson Construction. © Dean Riggott Photography, http://www.riggottphoto.com

The recently completed Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota, shot for Knutson Construction. © Dean Riggott Photography, http://www.riggottphoto.com

The recently completed Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota, shot for Knutson Construction. © Dean Riggott Photography, http://www.riggottphoto.com

The recently completed Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota, shot for Knutson Construction. © Dean Riggott Photography, http://www.riggottphoto.com

The recently completed Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota, shot for Knutson Construction. © Dean Riggott Photography, http://www.riggottphoto.com

The recently completed Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota, shot for Knutson Construction. © Dean Riggott Photography, http://www.riggottphoto.com

The recently completed Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota, shot for Knutson Construction. © Dean Riggott Photography, http://www.riggottphoto.com

The recently completed Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota, shot for Knutson Construction. © Dean Riggott Photography, http://www.riggottphoto.com

The recently completed Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota, shot for Knutson Construction. © Dean Riggott Photography, http://www.riggottphoto.com

The recently completed Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota, shot for Knutson Construction. © Dean Riggott Photography, http://www.riggottphoto.com

The recently completed Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota, shot for Knutson Construction. © Dean Riggott Photography, http://www.riggottphoto.com

The recently completed Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota, shot for Knutson Construction. © Dean Riggott Photography, http://www.riggottphoto.com

The recently completed Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota, shot for Knutson Construction. © Dean Riggott Photography, http://www.riggottphoto.com

The recently completed Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota, shot for Knutson Construction. © Dean Riggott Photography, http://www.riggottphoto.com

The recently completed Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota, shot for Knutson Construction. © Dean Riggott Photography, http://www.riggottphoto.com

The recently completed Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota, shot for Knutson Construction. © Dean Riggott Photography, http://www.riggottphoto.com

The recently completed Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota, shot for Knutson Construction. © Dean Riggott Photography, http://www.riggottphoto.com

The recently completed Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota, shot for Knutson Construction. © Dean Riggott Photography, http://www.riggottphoto.com

The recently completed Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota, shot for Knutson Construction. © Dean Riggott Photography, http://www.riggottphoto.com

The recently completed Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota, shot for Knutson Construction. © Dean Riggott Photography, http://www.riggottphoto.com

The recently completed Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota, shot for Knutson Construction. © Dean Riggott Photography, http://www.riggottphoto.com