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

Hunger Solutions Minnesota

"If we want government that's responsive to us. we have to demand that," says Bharti Wahi.

The executive director of the Children's Defense Fund Minnesota says elected officials want to hear from their constituents, and it's her job to give folks the skills and confidence to tell their stories.   

©Karen McTavish. Used with permission.

Free Range Trials is open all this week at the Free Range Film Barn from 2:00pm - 5:00pm ... the exhibition will be open 2-5pm daily through September 4. 

The Downtown Duluth Arts Walk is a perfect way to wrap up your work week and jump-start the weekend ... it begins at 5:00pm Friday and you can find more information here:  

American Indian Cancer Foundation

For some Native American communities, there's a taboo against using the "C word" (cancer).

But Kris Rhodes of the American Indian Cancer Foundation says people need to learn to say it - and the sooner the better.

(This episode of Journey to Wellness in Indian Country was originally aired in March 2017)

NorthShore Inline Marathon

If you think online skating is passe' -- maybe like the cassette tape -- you're not as right as you think.

Maybe it's not drawing the kinds of numbers it did back in the '90s, but it's a low-impact exercise that many people are drawn to - plus it gives people like hockey players a way to skate outdoors all year long.

©JP Rennquist

UMD's Welcome Week celebrations have been controversial in the past. Not the official celebrations - mainly those of upperclassmen, who line busy streets near the University with signs and sentiments in questionable taste.

©Steve Kolbe. Used with permission

August, announced Larry Weber this morning, is one of his 12 favorite months.

He talked migration at Hawk Ridge, where the counters are hard at work, the fabulousness of spiders, how a mayfly hatch is a good indicator of clean water, and how come he's the guy driving so slowly and gawking at the goldenrod by the side of the road.

They look like grasses but aren't.

They have "reduced morphology," which means they're hard to identify.

But not only are sedges and rushes an indicator species of the health (or not) of wetlands, you, too, can be stricken with "sedge fever"! 

Sedges and Rushes of Minnesota: The Complete Guide to Species Identification is written by Welby R. Smith, photographed by Richard Haug, and published by the University of Minnesota Press.

  Felisha

Felisha is a senior female terrier who was dumped out of a car. She is house- and crate-trained, friendly and likes attention. She does not see well but gets around just fine. Super smart lady looking for a human to love on her. Felisha is available for adoption through Contented Critters Animal Sanctuary.

Mina

Peoples Climate Movement

Next month's Duluth Peoples Climate March will be more than an effort to educate folks about climate change.

There's no word for "wilderness" in Italian.

So what does that mean when it comes to trying to preserve "the rarest bears on earth"?

No Word for Wilderness: Italy’s Grizzlies and the Race to Save the Rarest Bears on Earth by Roger Thompson is published by Ashland Creek Press.

Community Action Duluth

As back to school looms on the horizon, all kinds of people think about going back themselves.  Maybe it's to get a GED, maybe it's to learn some things about finances or home buying.

Porsha Cline and Community Action Duluth serve up evening classes, help with transportation and child care and perhaps the most important ingredient in helping folks make changes to get ahead: hope.

More information about Community Action Duluth's classes is available here.

Tom Kasper/Facebook

Cool air temps, warm soil temps: it's the best time to plant/relocate/divide/share perennials ... but Tom Kasper reveals a deteriorating relationship with his garden as the season moves on.

©Ivy Vainio. Used with permission.

This week, running a stop sign on the road of good intentions.

Courtesy Vince Rock

Remember hearing about doctors making house calls?

People living on the Leech Lake reservation don't always have transportation to get to one of the seven community clinics.  And it's a big place. 

Pages