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

We're finally caught up on moisture for the month; yes, snow in April is "normal;" we'll have 14 hours of daylight come Sunday and the white pelicans have returned to the St. Louis River.

©Karley Schoenberg​

Singer-dancer-actor Ryan Haff on the physical training for acting, handling a crowd who has your show memorized perhaps better than you, why acting is better than soccer and more on Radio Theatre.

©Pat Thomas

Melanie Bonney was determined to keep the focus, artistically speaking, on Earth Day at Siviis Gallery.

And what could be more vital to the Earth - not to mention threatened - than bees?

The result is a program by noted wildlife garden educator and photographer Pat Thomas, and a bee-stiary of apian art from the likes of Aaron Kloss, Adam Swanson, Rick Allen, Karin Kramer and more.

A friend's collection of mystery stories by Minnesota authors sparked this collection of short stories for young readers.  Editors Jay Peterson and Collette Morgan discovered, too, that just because a reader is young doesn't mean they're not thinking about what they read.

Sky Blue Water includes a Q&A between kids and the contributing authors, as well as discussion and writing prompts for classrooms or book groups.

Forever Home 4/20

Apr 20, 2017
Flickr/Ian D. Keating

Local parents and the Duluth School District are in agreement that the shredded rubber mulch on local school playgrounds needs to go ... but, as always, money is an issue.

So Duluth Parents for Healthy Playgrounds decided an Earth Day event would be just the ticket.

Mentor Duluth

35 down ... 165 to go.

Mentor Duluth's March Into Mentoring campaign netted them four more mentors than their goal of 35.

And that's exciting news, since around 200 kids are on a waiting list for a mentor, where they've been for a few months to a few years.

And the organization, founded in 1938 as the "Fatherless Boys Association" when most boys' fathers were away serving in World War II, is still looking for men as mentors, noting that boys wait on average twice as long for mentors as girls.

Sam Moose is really excited about the re-opening of the new Four Winds addiction treatment center.

For one thing, the program's focus on traditional Native American teachings and traditions is the only one of it's kind in Minnesota.

For another, the band took over operation and management of the center March 1st after the state wanted to close it due to budget issues.

And Moose, the band's Commissioner of Health, isn't the only tribal member excited about the program.  The entire community is lining up to help, apply for jobs and volunteer.

April's first half is running about six degrees warmer than usual ... the greening has begun ... and you can hear the early spring trio (chorus frogs, spring peepers and wood frogs) around the Northland.

©Andy Miller

Director Julie Ahasay talks about The Pavilion, her current show for Renegade Theater Company.

It's a story about do-overs: the ones you want, the ones you think you want ... and the ones you actually get.

The fun and funny Lorna Landvik joins us to talk about why she never reads her books again once she writes them, the characters who yammer in her head and why she believes "quirkiness will prevail."

Forever Home 4/13

Apr 13, 2017

Smokey | Contented Critters

Smokey is a 2 year old male Rott mix. He really is a great boy who has learned so much since coming to us. He is a big boy who likes everyone and gets along well with other dogs. His big issue was wanting attention to much and with his size it was overwhelming. He has gotten so much better. He really wants a home of his own.

Stonewall | Animal Allies

Ginger Juel may be a UMD alumna, but she's still pretty passionate about what goes on on campus.

She's like to see the U jettison the use of herbicides - even the current practice of "targeted application" - altogether.

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