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Jim Johnson and Marlene Wisuri have collaborated on exhibits, readings, lectures, and publications since 1986. Their critically acclaimed book, Dovetailed Corners, was published in 1996. Jim is the author of several books of poetry which reflect his interest in immigration issues and the natural environment. He has done many readings and workshops. Marlene's photographs have been exhibited regionally, nationally, and internationally in numerous group and one-person exhibitions. She is the co-author of several books dealing with immigration, Ojibwe history and culture, and local history. The work of both authors is influenced by their ties to northern Minnesota and both live in Duluth, Minnesota.     


Kathryn Nordstrom’s interest in photography began when she was a child and learned to develop and print her own photographs in the darkroom of her family home. A life-long resident of Duluth, Minnesota, she studied photography and graphic design at the University of Minnesota Duluth. In 1995, she co-founded Studio One Photography in Superior, Wisconsin. She currently owns kathrynNORDSTROM STUDIOS in Duluth, MN. Besides shooting portrait and commercial photographs, Kathryn works on personal photo projects that have recently included still life, nature, and figure studies. Her work has often been exhibited regionally and can be found in collections in the United States, Canada, and Sweden. Another great passion in her life is her love of horses. She has owned horses and ridden dressage for most of her life. Kathryn lives in Duluth on the North Shore of Lake Superior where she cares for rabbits, sheep, horses, and her little dog Devika.





James Sheetz is a lifelong resident of Carlton County. He has been an avid collector of history and antiques since childhood. Educated at the University of Minnesota, he holds a degree in choral music education and has directed a variety of musical groups and programs throughout the region including the James Chorale. He currently serves as Music Director of the Presbyterian Church of Cloquet, Minnesota and is the proprietor of Scott House.

Marlene Wisuri has had careers as a college teacher, artist/photographer, historian, author, and book publisher. Her photographs have appeared in numerous one person and group exhibitions throughout the United States and in Finland and Norway. She is the co-author of several books dealing with immigrant issues, local history, and Ojibwe culture and history. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. She lives on the North Shore of Lake Superior near Duluth, Minnesota.







Larry Luukkonen was born and raised in Cloquet, Minnesota. He has lived a good part of his life near the sites he describes in Between the Waters. He attended the University of Minnesota where he received his Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, and was admitted to candidacy for the Ph.D., all in history. He taught history at the University of Minnesota, Bemidji State University, and in the Minnesota Community College System. He has written several scholarly works and over sixty feature articles in magazines and newspapers, all dealing with various aspects of Minnesota’s early history. He is a frequent guest lecturer and has appeared on public radio and television. He has also served as a consultant for museums and video productions concerning northern Minnesota.


Marlene Wisuri and Jim Johnson

Kathryn Nordstrom, author of The Fish House Book

James Sheetz and Marlene Wisuri

Larry Luukkonen

Books by Dovetailed Press Authors

Jim Johnson:

Finns in Minnesota Midwinter, 1986, North Star Press

A Field Guide to Blueberries, 1992, North Star Press

Wolves, 1993, New Rivers Press (a winner of the Minnesota Voices competition)

Dovetailed Corners, 1996, Holy Cow! Press (nominated for a Minnesota Book Award)

The Co-op Label, 2005, Dovetailed Press

Driving Gravel Roads, 2009, Red Dragonfly Press

The First Day of Spring in Northern Minnesota, 2012,
Red Dragonfly Press
Yoik, 2015, Red Dragonfly Press

Marlene Wisuri:

Dovetailed Corners, 1996, Holy Cow! Press (nominated for a Minnesota Book Award)

Reflections of Our Past: A Pictorial History of Carlton County, Minnesota (with Francis Carroll), 1997, Donning Co. Publishers

Ojibwe: Waasa Inaabidaa - We Look in All Directions (with Thomas Peacock), 2002, Afton Historical Society Press (winner of a Minnesota Book Award and Forward Award)

The Good Path, (with Thomas Peacock), 2002, Afton Historical Society Press (winner of a Minnesota Book Award and IPPY Award)

Fire Storm: The Great Fires of 1918 (with Christine Skalko), 2003, Carlton County Historical Society

A Hometown Album: Cloquet's Centennial Story (with Larry Luukkonen), 2004, Carlton County Historical Society

The Co-op Label, 2005, Dovetailed Press

The Four Hills of Life: Ojibwe Wisdom, (with Thomas Peacock), 2005, Afton Historical Society Press 

Carlton Chronicles, (with Francis Carroll), 2006, Carlton County Historical Society

Scott House Souvenirs, (with James Sheetz), 2007, Dovetailed Press
To Be Free: Understanding and Eliminating Racism, (with Thomas Peacock), 2010, Afton Historical Society Press