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Workers stand at their stations in International Harvester's Milwaukee Works.
Image courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society


After the holidays, it's usually right back to work for most folks. This is certainly true for us, so we want to share stories about people who have found ways to make their jobs fun and rewarding!

First up is a story about an award-winning Milwaukee musician who creates music with real intention and purpose. After that, we share one man's dream job mowing lawns at Wisconsin's most famous football stadium.

Then, we uncover the story of a Dane County Juvenile Detention Officer who's own advice helped him save a child's life. Next, we explore a part of the holiday season that lasts year-round.

Finally, we have a story from Wisconsin 101 that explores the history of Wisconsin through a nostalgic can of soda.

We hope you have a Jolly Good week,

-The "Wisconsin Life" Team

Klassik is an artist with many talents: he’s a producer, mentor, and activist. The Milwaukee musician is a singer and multi-instrumentalist who creates unique modern, soulful jazz compositions.

His last album, “Quiet,” was named the #1 album of 2019 by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the Critics’ Choice Album of the Year at the Radio Milwaukee Music Awards. 

Green Bay Man Leaps Into Dream Job,
Tending The Lambeau Turf

Game day at Lambeau Field in Green Bay usually has a party atmosphere. When we're not in a pandemic, there's a sea of fans, a few bands playing the “Packers Polka” and tailgaters as far as the eye can see.  But before any of the green and gold faithful can come marching in, it's game on for Allen Johnson and his crew.

Johnson is the Field Manager at Lambeau Field where he and his team tend the grass and paint the field.

Albert Watson is a Detention Officer at the Dane County Juvenile Detention Center, where he also hosts a cooking club. Here, he tells the story of the day he saved a life by taking a bit of his own advice. He shared it at a storytelling event and on the podcast, “Inside Stories.”

Picking the right Christmas tree can be the biggest choice of the season. Ken Ottman tries to make it easy. He lived in the business of Christmas tree farming for most of his life with his father starting the business in 1946. This job takes a lot of patience and even more time.

The nostalgic commercials of the Jolly Good soda certainly bring back memories of the soda's heyday. The Jolly Good soda can is also one of the items included in the Wisconsin 101 project, which tells the story of Wisconsin's history through objects.

Thanks for reading and get in touch.
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