Behind the Work

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"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:
Grand Portage National Monument (Jvstin/Flickr)

Behind the Work: Archaeologist Bill Clayton

Bill Clayton is resource manager and archaeologist at the Grand Portage National Monument.


Josh Lindstrom pouring beans into coffee roaster.

Behind the Work: Joshua Lindstrom of Fika Coffee

Fika Coffee is a small, independent artisanal coffee roasting business in Grand Marais, Minnesota.


 
Joan and Bob Burrows clean herring roe at the Dockside Fish Market in Grand Marais / photo by Barbara Jean Johnson

Behind The Work: Joan and Bob Burrows

 Joan and Bob Burrows work at the Dockside Fish Market in Grand Marais each fall during the herring roe harvest.


Bob, with Kelly (Photo by Carah Thomas)

Behind the Work: Bob Brandt, Driving Instructor

Bob Brandt has served as Cook County's Drivers Education instructor for 14 years.


 
Krishna checks on one of her hives

Behind the Work: Krishna Woerheide

Krishna Woerheide keeps bees. She calls her bee and honey business Flower Power. But Krishna gets a lot more out of beekeeping than honey. Listen to her take on keeping bees and the lessons learned.


Rosemary Lamson - Parish Nurse

Behind the Work: parish nurse Rosemary Lamson

This edition of WTIP's ongoing series Behind the Work features parish nurse Rosemary Lamson.  Lamson is a retired public health nurse, now volunteering her time as a parish nurse.&nb


 
USFS Wilderness Ranger Brandee Wenzel at Rose Lake Falls in the BWCAW

Behind the Work: Brandee Wenzel

Brandee Wenzel is a Wilderness Ranger in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.


Gladys Dockan, March 2011

Behind the Work: Gladys Dockan

This edition of WTIP's ongoing series, Behind the Work features Gladys Dockan, 83.  Dockan is a lifetime resident of Cook County and has been doing hair and giving home permanents for more than half a century.  She did hair at the Care Center in Grand Marais for nearly 20 years, helping residents look and feel better with a cut and a perm.  In this Behind the Work, Gladys gives a home perm to another lifetime Cook County resident, Mildred Johnson, 89.


 
North Shore commercial fisherman Joe Carlson - picking herring nets - May 2010 - photo by Carah Thomas

Behind the Work: Joe Carlson

This edition of WTIP's ongoing series, Behind the Work features commercial fisherman Robert “Joe” Carlson.  Carlson grew up near Hovland, Minnesota, on the North Shore of Lake Superior.  Now 72, Joe still nets herring about five miles from where was born and raised, and first learned to fish from his father and uncles.  He also worked in construction and logging over the years, and has commercial fished in Alaska every year since 1969.