Getting your TWIC card

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The Twin Ports are spread over two cities in two states. The people who operate the port work in a wide variety of occupations from stevedores and tug operators to guards and accountants. There are only two people who know everyone in the port. That would be Meredith Karasti (left) and Brenda Hennessey (right). They work for the Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Worker Identification Credential Program, TWIC for short. Soon, anyone who works within, or needs access to, the port’s secure areas will need to have an id card, commonly called a TWIC card. Meredith and Brenda, both from Duluth, have been interviewing, finger printing and photographing those many, many people since late December. Above, they are working with Julie Danula (right), senior accounting analyst at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-24-2008