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

Quinn Dombrowski/Flickr

Say what you want about millenials: they love their houseplants and they buy, grow and care for them.

Tom Kasper has some tips and tricks for taking care of your houseplants so you can reap the environmental and psychological benefits.

Concerned about houseplants and your pets?

Dani Pieratos

Farming at the bottom of a mine, working with your family, "Bear Clan negotiations" and more ...

Harvest Nation is poised to become an indoor, aeroponic farm ready to serve (in its pilot program incarnation) about a hundred families on the Iron Range.

But eventually, the plan is to serve about six times that number.

Association of American Indian Physicians/Center of American Indian and Minority Health

These young doctors spent their entire lives aiming for the stars and have worked tirelessly to fill those seats in the classroom. They have self-selected to be those who want to practice in small communities and on reservations. They have inside them the will and the strength to work within these constraints and overcome the barriers placed in front of them. They are the ones who will care about our homeless, those less fortunate, our unemployed and our veterans.

These will be our doctors.

They say only two things are certain in this life: death and taxidermy.  Well, something like that. 

Duluth's Lupe Linares presents a fascinating, funny look into a topic you didn't think could be either, Wednesday evening, March 4

The Real Kam 75/Flickr

Whether you celebrate the return of spring March 1 (meteorologically) or March 19 (astronomically. vernal equinox blah blah blah), Larry says he's getting the impression people are ready to be done with February.

Book nerds: if you had a 700-year old book in your collection, would you let anyone touch it?

If you just shrieked, internally, in horror, you'd be with most of us.

But luckily for us, Dr. Krista Twu, Associate Professor of Medieval & Renaissance Literature doesn't think that way.

Tonight (Thursday, 2/27), she'll be talking about UMD's Ramseyer Collection, and the opportunities for students and the community to learn from it.  And far from putting these ancient books under lock and key, Twu says "you should absolutely touch them."


A dab of taconite tailings.  A soupçon of dredge sediment. A pinch of wood-processing byproducts.

It's all a part of the process as NRRI researcher Marsha Patelka pursues her goal of turning waste resources into good topsoil.

Frank H. Nowell/Frank H. Nowell Photographs of Alaska

In the late 1890s, Sheldon Jackson had a well-intentioned idea: he would bring nearly 1300 reindeer and some Sami herders to teach the Native Alaskans how to care for and use the animals to provide a measure of food security.

ESO/Luis Calcada

The moon is coming back, Betelgeuse is feeling a little brighter, and Bob King has a workaround for the reflecting teloscopes that will not allow us to see space vampires.

Metropolitan Museum of Art/Open Access

Welcome to a new poetry feature on Northland Morning!

(poetry) celebrates the other languages that make up the rich cultural landscape of our Northland, through the medium that communicates it best: poetry.  We'll invite guests to share a poem in their native language, and find out what it is about the poem or the poet that speaks to them. 

Youth Art Closing Celebration
Today from 4:30 pm-5:30 pm

Kruk Art Gallery, Holden Fine Arts Center

UMD Art & Design: VCLS, Michael Barnes

Tomorrow (Tuesday 2/25) from 6:00 pm-7:00 pm Montague 70, UMD

Reindeer Connections

Wednesday from 6:30 pm-8:30 pm

When Northland Prism and the Duluth Poetry Chapter had the same idea and approached each other about a poetry event, they wanted to expand some of the ideas of love we're inundated with on Valentine's Day.

The brainstorming sessions that followed brimmed with love: of community, of environment, romantic love, platonic love, self-love. But it also overflowed into conversations about transitions, including those small moments when relationships change.


It seems we're at sixes and sevens these days.

Beginning Sunday, our sunrises begin before 7:00am - 14 days later they bounce back to just before 6:00am.


It wasn't neccesarily mean-spirited to begin with.

Since 1938, labor laws have allowed employers to pay people with disabilities under the minimum wage.