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.
Behind the Work is dedicated to exploring what folks do to get by in our North Shore community and the contributions people make to the community through work. This edition was produced by Carah Thomas of the WTIP news department.
Arts, cultural, and history features on WTIP are supported in part by funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.