Thad Holen was a photographer, writer, and actor who graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead. He died following a long battle with cancer. A talented artist, Holen was an encyclopedia of popular cultural knowledge and a committed raconteur. At one time or another, Holen was the roommate of Mike Scholtz, John Lamb, Greg Carlson, Matt Dreiling, and Heidi Fjeld.
In addition to his photography, the High Plains Reader also published Holen's reviews.