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WATCH: The life of a lineman

Brian Malone/Inside Energy

Linemen across the country go to work in all kinds of weather to keep our power lines up and the lights on. 

The job can be dangerous and grueling, but linemen also find rewards and brotherhood.

Inside Energy followed Xcel Energy lineman Kevin Hinrichs for a look into this overlooked job.

Inside Energy, a national hub for energy reporting, includes seven public radio and television stations from Colorado, Wyoming and North Dakota. Its reporting explores the points of tension, the tradeoffs and opportunities, and the very human consequences of energy policy, production, use and innovation. Inside Energy is an Innovation Trail partner.