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Up in the Trees

Climbing trees is a childhood pastime. But for arborists, scaling trees to keep them healthy is a serious pursuit. Seth Jovaag brings us this story from Dane County.

Learn more about Wisconsin’s working people on The Working Lives Project from the Wisconsin Humanities Council.

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Running Wisconsin’s Tallest Building

13,000 volts of electricity flow into Wisconsin’s tallest building every day, and for the last 22 years, one man has been in charge of making sure the lights stay on. 

Learn more about Wisconsin’s working people on The Working Lives Project from the Wisconsin Humanities Council.

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Keeping Calm in the ER

Amid the hustle of the state’s busiest emergency room, nurses have to keep a cool head. Rebecca Ramizini takes us inside a hospital on Milwaukee’s northwest side.

Learn more about Wisconsin’s working people - and hear more from Rebecca Ramizini - on The Working Lives Project from the Wisconsin Humanities Council.

Photo: Seth Jovaag

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Working Trapper

Fur trapping drove Wisconsin’s economy for more than 200 years. Trapping remains a way of life for some Wisconsinites, including one man who runs a trapping store and teaches others how it’s done. 

Learn more about Wisconsin’s working people - and hear more on trapping - on The Working Lives Project from the Wisconsin Humanities Council.

Photo: Seth Jovaag

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Migrant Worker

Wisconsin’s reputation as the dairy state relies on labor from countries like Mexico. In today’s Wisconsin Life, we meet one of those workers in Buffalo County.

Learn more about Wisconsin’s working people - and hear more from Alejandro Tepole - on The Working Lives Project from the Wisconsin Humanities Council.

Photo: Seth Jovaag

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Restoring the World’s Cars

On a dead end street in the tiny village of Brooklyn, a former windmill factory now houses some of the most beautiful cars in the world. Albrecht Stachel is the man behind the wrench.

Learn more about Wisconsin’s working people - and hear more from Albrecht Stachel - on The Working Lives Project from the Wisconsin Humanities Council.

Photo: Seth Jovaag

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Guitar Maker

Ten years ago, Todd Cambio quit his job as a carpenter to become a luthier, specializing in guitars from the early 20th century that he now sells to musicians worldwide. Seth Jovaag introduces us to the Madison craftsman.

Learn more about Wisconsin’s working people - and hear more from Todd Cambio - on The Working Lives Project from the Wisconsin Humanities Council.

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Wisconsin’s Fishing Champ

For many Wisconsinites, fishing is more than just a pastime. One Shawano angler is making waves in a male-dominated sport.

Learn more about Wisconsin’s working people - and hear more from Marianne Huskey - on The Working Lives Project from the Wisconsin Humanities Council.

Photo: Marianne Huskey

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Racquetball Champ

Racquetball is a relatively new sport. Combining squash and handball, it was only invented in the 1950s. Milwaukee hosted the sport’s first national tournament in the late 1960s. Seth Jovaag introduces us to one of Wisconsin’s top players.

Photo: Alvin Trusty

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When Disaster Strikes, Preppers Are Ready

Judging by the popularity of dystopian books and movies like The Hunger Games, Americans seem to love a good post-apocalypse story. But the potential for a doomsday disaster isn’t just fiction to people in “preppers” groups. Seth Jovaag takes us inside the Madison Preppers.

Read Seth’s story on the Madison Preppers in Isthmus.

Photo: Seth Jovaag/Isthmus

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Wisconsin Distillers Get In the Brandy Business

While Wisconsin is known for its beer, we also love brandy. Many of the state’s new craft distillers are making their own local drink. Producer Seth Jovaag went out to Mitchell Vineyards with staff and volunteers from Madison’s Old Sugar Distillery to pick about 10 tons of grapes.

Photo: Seth Jovaag

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Dairy Farmer by Day, Musician by Night

By day, Jimmy Voegli runs a fifth generation dairy farm outside New Glarus with his brother. By night, he leads a blues band, The Jimmys. The two jobs have more in common than you might think. Seth Jovaag brings us the story.

Photo: The Jimmys

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Barn Dance:

Every fall for the past six years, the O’Brien family farm near Brooklyn hosts an Old Time Barn Dance that draws hundreds of people. It’s a potluck dinner and dance inside a former dairy barn. Seth Jovaag brings us the sound of this year’s event.

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