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Hemmelgarn’s picture-perfect

By Dave DeLand

Dreams come in all shapes and sizes and colors, and Brace Hemmelgarn could picture bits and pieces of his own even before he arrived at Saint John’s University. Bright lights … flying baseballs … emotional celebrations … breathtaking vistas … He saw those swirling elements through the lens of his imagination. He just didn’t know exactly what the big picture was yet. “It’s my dream job,” Hemmelgarn said, “but I didn’t know it was my dream job until I got to Saint John’s. “It was just a special place to come to school.

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Everything started here.” At Saint John’s, Hemmelgarn found himself, found his focus, found his dream. It looks like this: • Hemmelgarn is the Minnesota Twins’ official full-time team photographer, the first in franchise history. “I don’t go to work – I get to go to a baseball field every day,” said Hemmelgarn, a 2012 SJU graduate and lifelong Twins fan. “That just happens to be where my office is, which is weird – and awesome.” “He’s living his dream,” said Barb Hemmelgarn, Brace’s mom, “and he refers to Saint John’s as his family. That’s what he always calls it – going home.”

Saint John's Magazine Winter/Spring 2018  

Saint John's Magazine is published in the fall and winter for alumni, parents, friends and the Saint John's University campus community.

Saint John's Magazine Winter/Spring 2018  

Saint John's Magazine is published in the fall and winter for alumni, parents, friends and the Saint John's University campus community.

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