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

Brent Johns

Larry Weber's been talking about AutWin for years, but he's finally written a book about it.

Then he and Sparky Stensaas teamed up to illustrate it with lush photos of the animals, plants, birds, berries, nuts, insects and spiders you can find at that magical time of year after the leaf drop and before the first there-for-the-duration snowfall.

In other news, the first half of January has been "unimpressive," but the snow cover is great  for seeing  animal tracks.

The protagonist in Konnie Ellis's book Picnic in Venice "finds her way in the world through art."

Perhaps the same could be said of author-painter Ellis.

She's in the midst of a painting jag now, but she's still considering which of the Venice characters she might like to revisit in a future novel.

Picnic in Venice is published by Rocket Science Press.

Jenny Van Sickle

What started out as a look at the efficiency of government operations in Superior has turned into a literal referendum on city government.

RW Management was hired in June to review the operation of the city.  But when the findings were released, what caught the attention of - and polarized parts of the community - was the recommendation to make the mayor a part-time position and hire a full-time city administrator.

Richard Turenne/Flickr

A shared article on Facebook about lilacs got Tom Kasper thinking about how living things like plants keep those we love close to us, even after they're gone.

You can read the article The Truth About Lilac Bushes here.

Artisan Tax Talk: Not many people are excited about doing their taxes, but when you combine "the artistic personality" with a fairly unstructured occupation, it can become, in the words of Annie Dugan, "daunting, confusing and surprisingly unfair."  Never fear: the Superior Artisans are here with tomorrow's Artisan Tax Talk, an evening with an artist-friendly tax expert to help answer all your questions.

©Jesse Vainio. Courtesy Arne Vainio

You have too much to offer to let this gift go. This gift is a blessing, but it can also be a burden and a curse. When Jake plays the piano, there’s something in there that makes me cry. Every single time. Your drawings and your artwork have that same power. When you create something, it shows others what is inside you. But more importantly, it shows them what is inside them.

 

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Larry Weber has a wrap-up of December, some good news about tomorrow (the sun starts rising earlier!) and a group of Northland residents who weren't just tolerating last weekend's rain ... they were lichen it.

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Many people don't have a lot of sympathy for an addict going through withdrawal in a jail cell.

Detoxing from opiods is so awful many addicts would rather keep using, but multiple studies on unsupervised detox (mainly in prison) indicates it's not just uncomfortable, it can be fatal.

Our guest this morning is Mark Munger,  and he's written the final chapter in his Finnish American trilogy, Kotimaa: Homeland.

J. Skowron / OGLE / Astronomical Observatory, University of Warsaw

Betelgeuse will show up tonight, and unlike the similarly-named poltergeist, you don't even have to say its name three times.

AstroBob will have some helpful tips for red-giant-spotting on his blog, and you can read about scientists' concerns that "Betelgeuse is acting strange" here.

An article forwarded by a friend steered Annie Dugan toward a new book this week ...

And she'll be back from her holiday trip in plenty of time to catch 2020’s Favorite Art Show at Wussow's Concert Cafe, featuring 16 artists who might be new to you, too.

Arne Vainio

He turned on the amplifier and I expected to hear the twangy sounds of the 1950’s. Poodle skirts and ducktail haircuts were in my mind, but what came out of the guitar was the blues.  Not just any blues, but the heart-wrenching blues from a life that didn’t deliver what was expected. I could hear his anguish and the guitar moaning as he was saying goodbye to an old friend who was moving on and leaving him behind.

 

©Bob King. Used with permission.

Punctuation matters.

Even the Universe says so.

Larry Weber lets word nerds know when they can see the "celestial semicolon" this weekend, and Bob King even provided an illustration.

In other news, Larry speculated that, if it gets too warm next week for reindeer to fly safely, Christmas might need to be cancelled.

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