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

Animal Tracks in Snow
offthegridnews.com

Today Larry Weber talks about recent weather and "gray November" has proven to be true this month.

He also gives a list of Nothern birds he has seen around as well as animal tracks in the snow.   

     

Eleni Pinnow

The Pinnow family broke some new ground when they wrote their daughter's obituary almost two years ago.

  "Aletha Meyer Pinnow, 31, of Duluth,  died from depression and suicide on Feb. 20, 2016."

©Life After Hate

Christian Piccolini wants you to know he didn't come from a broken home.

Nonetheless, he describes himself as a lonely 14 year old when a man approached him in an alley and his life changed.

Within two years, Piccolini was a leader of a white nationalist group, where he stayed until he was 22.

Piccolini made a stop in Duluth last week before he headed to Denver to take part in a TED conference.

But he took some time to talk to us about what's different - and the same - about hate groups and the only thing he knows that will stop them.

Matthew Olivolo/Flickr

Enhanced screenings at the Duluth International Airport rolled out Monday, but whatever time it takes TSA screeners to check over your electronics will no doubt be offset by Duluth's inclusion as a fully designated TSA Pre✓® airport.

Nick Blackmer/Flickr

It might have been the first solar garden opening held in the snow, but we're tough up here.

Tree Wrap
Lowes.com

With the past flurries and more to come in the future, Master Gardener Tom Kasper gives tips on how to protect your trees and shrubs this winter season. Sneak peek, Kasper suggests staying by the fire after you're done in the garden. 

Zeitgeist Arts

The group show Resist and Protect opens tonight (Monday, 11/13/17) at the Zeitgeist Arts Cafe ...it's billed as "A gathering to seek solace, challenge, and muster hope in these uncertain times" and a poetry reading will kick off the opening.

Lisa Johnson

A year ago today, Duluth broke the record high temperature with 64 degrees.

Today, the National Weather Service reports a new low temperature for November 10 with -5.

If you don't decide to make tracks somewhere warmer, Larry Weber says you should get outside and LOOK AT tracks.

Dr. Carter Meland joins us today to discuss his book, "Stories for a Lost Child" and about discovering heritage and finding the community.

As a girl receives a mysterious package, she questions who she is and why her mom has kept this from her. Could this package hold the answers that she is looking for? Join her journey and see what the box holds for her.

St. Louis County

GIS technology (Geographic Information Systems) has been around for a while; in fact, St. Louis County has been using it for things like land records since 1985.

But a change to the ATV ordinance last spring seemed like a perfect time to tweak the County Land Explorer and add a "recreation" theme.

©John Krumm. Used with permission.

Imagine having to to sit through classes with 95 different teachers before you find one that looks like you.

Imagine being a student of color and knowing that your chances of graduating high school were only 52 to 66 percent in Duluth -- but your guidance counselors each have 416 students to advise and help.

Imagine what you could do if Duluth had a universal scholarship program like one launched in Michigan ten years ago: one that would pay tuition to a state college for any student who graduates from the Duluth Public Schools. 

Duluth City Clerk

The League of Women Voters Duluth has all kinds of information available on their website for voters today.

The non-profit, non-partisan organization has everything from a Voter Guide to maps, instructions and links to more information.

To save you some time, we've added a few here:

Voter Guide

Duluth Precinct Maps

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