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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Listening to this morning's episode of The Simple Plate, Tom Kasper started thinking about how growing our own food can have an impact on our economic lives, social issues, environmental issues ... and our psychological as well as physical health.

Rabbett Before Horses Premiere Screening

February 4 at 5:30 pm at the Tweed Museum of Art



February 6  from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm at AICHO

Makers Meetup Watch Party

Every Thursday until the end of February at Hoops Brewing, beginning at 7:30pm

Copyright Ivy Vainio. Used with permission.

  Dr. Vainio, am I going to die?


And there's nothing you can do?


I'm afraid to die. Should I be?

I don't know, Agnes. I don't know.

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"Every step was squishy."

That's how Larry Weber described his own lake walk this past week. 

Luckily the ice is fundamentally thick enough not to break through, but it's covered with a layer of slush that does make travel difficult.

Larry wraps up a remarkable January (remarkable because it wasn't), ponders how warm it will actually get this weekend, reminisces about the -60 in Tower back on Feb. 2, 1996 and observes some signs of spring.


"Publish or perish."

But if success in academia is tied to writing books and journal articles about your research and what you do, how do you let a wider audience know about it?

In short, can academic writing ever top a best-seller list?

Maybe not, but in celebrating authors here at UMD, it's pretty plain that there is no lack of talent - and fascinating subject matter.

©Lisa Johnson

John Stetson likes the Mineral Center checkpoint. 

The quiet turn-off in the woods, at the end of an 11 mile road and watched over by an old log cabin just feels good to him.  

With over 30 years of mushing and training sled dogs and 13 John Beargrease marathon races with a couple of mid-distance wins thrown in, John Stetson knows where the musher's heads are by the time they reach this last checkpoint before the Beargrease race finish.


Tiffany Sprague is an excited person.

She's excited about science and communicating science.

She's excited about citizen science and the work people and businesses can do every day to manage stormwater.

She's excited that the University of Minnesota sees the need for effective communicators about science.

And she's excited about her new job/s that let her blend her knowledge with her enthusiasm.

Smiling man next to a large home telescope
Courtesy of Bob King

It's Beargrease week, so of couse we asked Bob to talk about Sirius, the dog star on this week's show.

Lisa Johnson

4:36 PM UPDATE: Ryan Redington crosses the finish line at 4:36:15 pm  to win his second John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon.  He previously won in 2018. 

Keith Aili arrived second, crossing the finish line at 4:50:11 pm.  Ryan Anderson is expected to cross within the hour, followed by Martin Massicotte. 

(previous) 2:00 PM UPDATERyan Redington is in the lead with about 40 km to go in the final leg of the 2020 John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. 

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Friday at 5:30 AICHO hosts the Samuel J. Zimmerman Art Opening Pop Up Event. The Journey Home Chapter 2 event will feature the artist creating, live, a portrait of a shawl dancer.

John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon

It might be Erin Schouweiler's first Beargrease as a Schouweiler -- but it's not her first sled dog race or even her first Beargrease.

Racing a team from the Schouweiler's Otter Run Kennels, including some dogs that carried her mother-in-law, Martha, to a second place finish in the mid-distance race last year, Erin handily took first in the Beargrease 120.

"She was so far ahead on the last run," says former musher, trainer, Beargrease champion and KUMD Race Reporter John Stetson, "she could just cruise in without a lot of stress.

©Lisa Johnson

The 36th running of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon has hit the trail!

Join us Monday morning at 8:00 as Beargrease champ and KUMD race reporter John Stetson brings us up-to-the-moment news from the trail!

©Lisa Johnson

They were big, they were small. They were smooth-coated and furry as bears.

©Lisa Johnson

Lassie. Rin Tin Tin.  101 Dalmations.  The Taco Bell Chihuahua.

Show an American a dog (especially on a screen) and bless their hearts, they want to adopt it.

Although dog breed fads are historically bad for dogs, it’s not out of the question that you might be captivated by a pair of two-colored eyes or a beseeching paw at the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon’s Meet the Mushers event, and wonder what it would be like to bring home a sled dog of your own.


It troubles Larry Weber that people call them "snowfleas."