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

Fisher-Merritt Family

When Janaki Fisher-Merrit was a kid growing up on the farm, his idea of teenage rebellion was telling his parents how they should be doing things.  Now the co-owner of the Food Farm in Wrenshall is telling a whole new generation of farmers.

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Ojibwe author Jim Northrup took me aside at his seventieth birthday party a couple of years ago and told me it was time for me to write a book.

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The best part about working from home, beyond a doubt, is getting to pick the radio station, all day, every day.  

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Spring hasn't quite sprung - that will be next week on March 19, the earliest vernal equinox in over 100 years.

Meanwhile, whatever we may think about the winter, the DNR's Winter Severity Index of 130 says it was a tough one.  And the deer agree.

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Most folks haven't lived through anything like what is now being called the coronavirus "pandemic."

So it's not surprising that reactions run the gamut from panicking about getting sick ... or scoffing, eye-rolling, and assertions that it will never trouble us here in the Northland.

33 years after he published Birds in Minnesota, author and birder Bob Janssen returns with a revised and updated edition.

The bad news?  Bird populations across North America are casualties of climate change, habitat destruction, and cats.

The good news? Trumpeter swans, once extinct in Minnesota, have made a triumphant return and the Sax-Zim Bog preservation efforts are turning it into one of the premier conservation spots in the country.

Forever Home 3/12

Mar 12, 2020

Hazel is a smart one-year-old German shepherd mix. Her owner had to move and could not bring her along. Hazel loves squeaky toys, peanut butter, walks, and chasing squirrels and bunnies.

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If you've never heard of "wake boats," you're not alone.

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March 18: the crescent moon will be clustered with Jupiter, Mars, and Saturn

March 19: Jupiter, Mars, and Saturn will still be clustered together

Also March 19: it's the first day of spring and the sun will rise due east and set due west

March 20: Mars slides below Jupiter

And when all of these things happen in just a couple of days ... it's a conjunction conjunction.

Courtesy of Bencin Art Gallery, Pesaro, Italy

Dr. Ahmed Maamoun was born and raised in Egypt. He is an Assistant Professor of Marketing in UMD's
Labovitz School of Business & Economics

You can read the Arabic and English translations of The Flower of All Cities by Assi and Mansour Rahbani here.

You can see a video of the song, Zahrat Al Madaan by Fairouz, with footage and English subtitles here.

Here's a roundabout you will LOVE.

Carlton County's Round About Art Tours hit the gas on Thursday, with seven venues, a chance to meet the artists, refreshments and more, all for the bargain price of ... nothing.  It's free.

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Baabiitaw Boyd believes the elders who told her that a lot of the problems Native people experience are the result of not having access to their language and cultural practices.

Judy Gibbs. Used with permission.

Larry Weber is the kind of guy who notices things.

So it shouldn't have come as a surprise, when he announced he'd be gone this week, that he recommended Judy Gibbs as a guest host, and commented that there needed to be more women on the "Backyard Almanac special guest host" bench.

So we're particularly delighted to present the debut of Northland Morning's first woman as guest host, longtime phenologist and Duluth's Trees, Trails and Bikeways Coordinator.

Lisa Johnson

For some of us, the Northern Lakes Food Bank Empty Bowl fundraiser was both a herald of spring and a bright spot in an otherwise dull March calendar.

The daytime event was a chance for folks to buy bowls made in the community by everyone from professional artists to schoolkids, and then enjoy a lunch of bread and soup provided by area restaurants.

If you think college students keep members of "the establishment" on their toes, you should see what effect high school students have.

MPIRG (Minnesota Public Interest Research Group) has had a chapter at UMD since 1971, and even all these years later, incoming freshmen arrive with a passion to make a difference.