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

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Yes, here in the upper Midwest, our wind turbines are winterized. And unlike texas, Minnesota is connected to a larger power grid.

But back during the"polar vortex" of 2019, we had trouble up here pulling the power we needed from the grid down south.

And Isabel Ricker, the Senior Clean Electricity Manager of Fresh Energy, says the key is connections: infrastructure connections like new and upgraded wiring, and connections in the form of creating relationships.

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This week, the Duluth City Council unanimously approved adding a third deputy police chief tasked with, among other things, a focus on police accountability.

But Jamey Sharp, the founder of what he calls the "grassroots data group" LEANDuluth, says whether it's 50 new deputy chiefs or one new chief, it doesn't matter if they're not willing to look outside the police department itself for answers.

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Mars is hopping with company these days: the United Arab Emirates and Japan have launched spacecraft to the red planet and the Perseverance touched down February 18th.

And no one is more excited about it than our own Bob King.

Tomorrow (2/23) at 7pm, WDSE presents a virtual screening/sneak peek into In This Place.  It's a project that's part of a larger effort called Moving Lives Minnesota: Stories of Origin & Immigration, exploring "the histories of the many communities who have moved through and to Minnesota."

 

Twelve days of an average temp of  -12˚.

250 straight hours of temps that never got above -2˚.

And while we only got two measly record temps out of the cold snap, on the 13th and 14th, Larry Weber says it was still pretty impressive.

Not only does he enthuse "I wouldn't have wanted to miss it!", Larry knows that when we're sweating through an afternoon on the beach or looking for some shade to park a lawn chair, these days will be the stuff of stories and legend.

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Everything from "personal awareness" to city-level action: that's what the Duluth Citizen's Climate Action Plan lays out for folks.

The plan aims to help our community reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build a climate-resilient community without forgetting about considerations of equity and social justice.

You can read the plan here:

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Normally, you don't think about training for gardening season.

But that was before the interest in gardening exploded on the scene, leaving shelves bereft of seed, garden soil, canning jars and more.

Luckily, Tom Kasper says seed suppliers figured this out right away last spring, and spent much of 2020 getting ready for this planting season.

Here's something to make you feel all warm inside:  there's finally a way to watch all Bob Ross, all the time (PBS Painter Bob Ross Gets A Happy Little Digital Channel).  It's live on Samsung now, hits Roku May 18, and will expand to other video-on-demand (VOD) platforms in the coming months.

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  There were four students working with the body we were studying and we didn’t know anything about him as a person. The medical school was very explicit that we were to carry ourselves with the utmost respect when we were in the lab with the body and we were to respect this gift that was given to us. This almost didn’t need to be said, but I’m glad it was. Very few people get the opportunity to study a body in detail and learn the anatomy as they learn the organ systems. There is no book, no video, no plastic model that can give the same experience. This is the way doctors have been learning medicine since the beginning.

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Larry Weber calls the 213 hours out of 216 we'll spend below zero "fascinating."

Forever Home 2/11

Feb 11, 2021

Reece

Hello potential loving home! My name is Reece and I am a 49lb, black and white American Staffordshire Terrier dog who is 2 years old. I found myself at Animal Allies after I was transferred from a different shelter and I'm now looking for a new, loving home to call my own! I am a very energetic and happy boy who would do best with an owner that loves to be active and needs a lifelong partner to enjoy life with. I am also ready and excited to learn all the tricks and manners you are willing to teach me. I will thank you for it with gratitude kisses and snuggles. 

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Imagine if "eating local" could mean a nice fillet of salmon, a tuna steak, or a lobster tail and a nice salad made with home-grown greens.

Minnesota Sea Grant is working on a project to not only see if there's market potential for aquaculture here in the Northland, they're excited that they might be able to contribute to food production, local business growth and job creation without some of the downsides that have plagued the idea in the past.

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Don't get him wrong; Joel Kilgour is grateful for the public support of people who are homeless when we enter this kind of deep cold.

And as the coordinator of the Chum Warming Center, he's excited about the political will he says is behind a permanent, 24-hour warming center he hopes will be up and running by next year.

Thanks to a network of supports, Joel says he's confident that when people leave the Warming Center in the morning, they have another place to go.

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Get out and do a little stargazing on these clear nights ... but dress appropriately. (Roald Amundsen had the right idea in this photo).

Meanwhile, Astro Bob King says "all the planets are gathered around the Sun to keep warm," which means we can't see them for a while, but Mars will be a hopping place for a bit.

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It turns out that the hardest part of talking about sexual violence is not broaching an uncomfortable topic: it's realizing it's so universal among the women you know it almost doesn't register anymore.

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