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Behind the Work


"Behind the Work" is a regular feature on WTIP. Each segment focuses on an individual and the work they do in the region. "Behind the Work" is dedicated to exploring people’s lives, what they do to get by, and the contributions people make to the community. It is not only an exploration of people’s livelihoods, but also and exploration of their passions and hobbies.

Arts, cultural and history features on WTIP are made possible in part by funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Check out other programs and features funded in part with support from the Heritage Fund.

What's On:

Elaine Erickson

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Elaine Erickson is a full-time clerk at the Grand Marais Public Library.



Amanda Drake

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Amanda Drake is a trained farrier with a passion for horses. She sought out training while still in high school, making her not only the only farrier in town but the youngest too!


Paul McFarlane

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Paul McFarlane is a captain with the Colvill Volunteer Fire Department. He’s also the lead training officer, the equipment officer, and chair of the board.


Dennis Chilcote

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Dennis is a master craftsman and teaches many classes at the North House Folk School. He has a great appreciation for historical crafts and a long-standing fascination with the way our ancestors expressed art through craft. In that vein, he uses baskets, brooms and traditional woodwork as both canvas and palette for his art.