Lisa Johnson

Morning Announcer

Lisa Johnson started her broadcast career anchoring the television news at her high school and spinning country music at KWWK/KOLM Radio in Rochester, Minnesota. She was a reporter and news anchor at KTHI in Fargo, ND (not to mention the host of a children's program called "Lisa's Lane") and a radio reporter and anchor in Moorhead, Bismarck, Wahpeton and Fergus Falls.

Since 1991, she has hosted Northland Morning on KUMD. One of the best parts of her job includes "paying it forward" by mentoring upcoming journalists and broadcasters on the student news team that helps produce Northland Morning.  She also loves introducing the different people she meets in her job to one another, helping to forge new "community connections" and partnerships.

Lisa has amassed a book collection weighing over two tons, and she enjoys reading, photography, volunteering with Animal Allies Humane Society and fantasizing about farmland.  She goes to bed at 8pm, long before her daughter, two cats, or three dogs.

Ways to Connect

Duluth Public Schools/Facebook

Parsing the difference between "equality" and "equity" is the kind of thing you might expect in a school assignment.

The Duluth School Board is trying to do just that when it comes to compensatory education funds for schools, but the Education Equity Alliance, the Duluth Indigenous Commission, the local NAACP and several other community groups are giving them low marks so far.

People who would like more information on the work of the Education Equity Alliance can contact Dr. Mary Owen here:

The People's Daily, China/Facebook

A story about why you want to be very, very careful with what bird memes you forward to Laura Erickson.

Seriously.

Jesse Hakala

Founder of "Nice Pitbull" clothing company is the organizer of "Walk with a Pitbull Ice Cream Social" happening at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Leif Erickson Park in Duluth.

Lisa Johnson

This week, who could YOU call in the middle of the night and know they would pick up?

Astro Bob's Astronomy for Everyone/Bob King. Used with permission.

Even as he was being devoured alive by mosquitos, our intrepid Backyard Almanac host, Larry Weber,  reported some weather stats for the first half of July, the latest arrivals on the wildflower scene, and - gulp! - some early migrants and some leaf color already!

www.ripcurrents.noaa.gov

Jesse Schomberg says calling Superior a "lake" lulls people into a false sense of security.

Actually, it's oceanic in a lot of ways, expecially when it comes to waves and rip currents.

History always has an agenda, says author Annette Atkins.

Many of us grew up in a time when the agenda was to teach patriotism.

But now, she says, we want to take pride in a bigger story.

Creating Minnesota: A History from the Inside Out is published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press.

SAVE/Emotions in Motion 2016/Facebook

Every day, 105 Americans take their own lives, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Jonathan Thunder

Jonathan Thunder's Suspension of Disbelief is open at the Duluth Art Institute

You can take a look at the video here

Marlene Wisuri's The Cost of Living is at the MacRostie Gallery in Grand Rapids through the end of the month

©Deb Holman/CHUM

No matter how much you like your car, you probably don't want to live in it..

When Duluth lifted the ban on sleeping in parked vehicles, the city wasn't saying a car was ok as a permanent residence, but City Councilors were saying police could concentrate on wellness checks and not moving people along.

©Lisa Johnson

 

Why has Jason Rice, a longtime fan of and two-time musher in the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon stepped down from the Beargrease board ... and was he been spotted stalking Ryan Redington?

Seriously?

Energy Democracy: Germany's Energiewende/Facebook

Germany is well on its way to phasing out fossil fuels and nuclear energy and replacing them with renewables.

But in a stunning display of democracy (?), everyday people are driving this energy transition (called "Energiewende" which, literally translated, means "energy turn").

KUMD's Adam Reinhardt talked with co-author Craig Morris in Germany.

©Lisa Johnson

This week,  what's in a name?

Superior Short/Facebook

The Superior Shorts series is billed as "short fiction on a theme read live on stage by local performers."

But, as usual in this town, some of the most fun is had after the show.

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