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

Frank Moe

This year's big celebrity at the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon isn't one of the returning mushers like Nathan Schroeder or Ryan Anderson. He's not a Freking or a Redington, either, but he's probably the only one of the bunch who's had a People magazine story written about them.

QRILL Pet Mushing Team/QRILL Pet

Monica Henrickson is classically sorry/not sorry when she laughingly admits employers tell her productivity goes way down on the Monday and Tuesday of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon.

And when she admits it's probably going to get worse.

When you lose your language, you lose more than just words. You lose the words you use to hold weddings and funerals and welcome children. You use the words that shape and define your world view.

In his latest book, Dr. Anton Treuer talks about the revitalization of indigenous language and cultures and the success stories that are not only preserving language, they're making a huge difference for the people learning them.

©Richard Hamilton Smith/Nature Conservancy

The student environmental activists joining us in the studio this morning aren't as upset as climate activist Greta Thunberg was yesterday, speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, but they're still determined.

Working as part of the Our Mississippi, Our Future initiative, Sydney Arens and Isaac Conrad (wearing a shirt that read "Awareness Inspires Conservation") stopped by to talk about the community forum they're organizing February 3 and now acting now can prevent crises down the road.

Can watching international sled dog racing make you a better dog owner?  It's not as much of a stretch as you think.  A new, exciting and far-flung partnership has the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon part of a race series that includes Norway, Russia and Alaska.

Minnesota Peony Society

The days are getting longer, the sun is getting warmer, but we're still months away from being able to get out into the garden.

Themes and Styles in Soviet Arts

Carol Veldman Rudie  presents a lecture about Soviet era art, when artistic methods and topics were employed to shape the Soviet citizen.

 Artists experimented with these issues and forms to tell another story about their cultural environment. Veldman Rudie shares how these different streams provided a nuanced picture of artistic conflicts and visual interactions that were part of this period of art.

Tim Mossholder/Unsplash

  Women are from Venus, men are from Mars. That’s true in personal interactions, but it’s also true when it comes to heart disease. 

©JR Kelsey. Used with permission.

Every month is like January these days.

In the sense that the Roman god Janus, from whom the month takes its name, is usually shown having two heads or faces.  Janus is the god of beginnings and endings, the future and the past, and transitions.

Liz West/Flickr

For 22 years, people who want to learn more about how government works, about the people we elect to work for us, and how to effect change gather at the end of January in the lower level of the First United Methodist Church.

Randen Pederson/Flickr

Every year, the St. Louis River Area of Concern coordinators draft an updated Remedial Action Plan.  This year, the draft is available online with changes, additions and deletions marked in red, so it's easy to see where they are and click for more information.

Rob Levine/Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy
Rob Levine/Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy


You can worry about the planet Jupiter throwing "comets and asteroids toward Earth like a sniper," or you can worry about comets ("essentially asteroids that are heavy on the ice").

Or you can just kick back, appreciate the additional 27 minutes of daylight we've picked up since the solstice, and contemplate the "molecular and atomic filters that each block a certain range of wavelengths of light" and help us create such beautiful sunrise and sunset photographs.

MN Historical Society

Indigenous people in Minnesota - like Indigenous people in places all around the country - are rewriting the narrative these days.

They're telling their own stories. They are letting the world know that they're very much a part of contemporary life in this country. 

Isaac Erickson

Opening Reception: Metamorphose:  Annie Dugan says Sara Brokke's exhibition Metamorphose, opening Friday at the Prøve Gallery, is a "raw and vulnerable" exhibition of paintings - or as the gallery calls it, "a personal mythology."