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

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Why has Jason Rice, a longtime fan of and two-time musher in the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon stepped down from the Beargrease board ... and was he been spotted stalking Ryan Redington?

Seriously?

Energy Democracy: Germany's Energiewende/Facebook

Germany is well on its way to phasing out fossil fuels and nuclear energy and replacing them with renewables.

But in a stunning display of democracy (?), everyday people are driving this energy transition (called "Energiewende" which, literally translated, means "energy turn").

KUMD's Adam Reinhardt talked with co-author Craig Morris in Germany.

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This week,  what's in a name?

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The Superior Shorts series is billed as "short fiction on a theme read live on stage by local performers."

But, as usual in this town, some of the most fun is had after the show.

Bob King loves to share stories.  Which might explain his work as a photojournalist and editor for the Duluth News Tribune and his writing and photography about the night sky.

And another thing: darkness matters.

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If the only place you have to live is your car, that's bad enough.

But if that's illegal, and you're cited for it, how does that help?

Hunger Solutions Minnesota

There's good news and bad news when it comes to fighting hunger in Minnesota.

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What do you value most about the Iron Range?  If you  have or want to express it art-wise, there's an open call for it as part of the Annual Iron Range Exhibit.  Here's more information:

UMD theater professor Tom Isbell was a darling of television producer Burt Metcalf (M*A*S*H) and went on to work in movies with the likes of Anne Bancroft and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Then he left a career most young actors can only dream of ... because of an earthquake.

Seriously?

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 This week, what do you do when nothing can be done?

Painter, photographer and multi-media artist Erin Welch talks about leaps of faith, cribbage at the cabin and taking her show on the road.

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Summer officially arrived Thursday morning at 5:07am.

Here in the Northland, the sun came up at 5:14am.

Today, it came up at 5:15am.

Leave it to Larry Weber to point out the days are already starting to get longer.

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Glass artist Dan Neff talks about his new space, the live glassblowing demonstrations he'll be featuring, and why ... wait for it ... transparency is so important when it comes to glass art!

A collaborative project with author Brenda Child, artist Jonathan Thunder and language immersion teacher Gordon Jourdain produced a delightful tale (in English and Ojibwe) of dogs and dreams and dancing.

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