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

©Laura Lundin

Last December, local television reporter and news anchor Michelle Lee retired after almost 40 years as a broadcaster.  Within a few weeks, she boarded a bus with a crowd of other Northlanders and headed for Washington DC.

Never one to miss a chance to stretch KUMD’s budget with volunteers, I asked Michelle if she’d mind capturing some audio and doing some interviews for us on the trip, and she graciously consented, then joined me in the studio to talk about the trip. 

The Underground

Director Jeff Maddison on Gilbert and Sullivan's Ruddigore: the fans, the music, and why a little judicious editing never hurt anyone.

"It's the 'Arctic Riviera,'" says the executive director of Friends of Sax-Zim Bog. "There's a new cast of characters every winter."

Sparky Stensaas subs for Larry Weber this morning, and talks boreal chickadees ("they sound like regular chickadees with a cold"), some upcoming programs that will extend past the Visitor Center's regular season, and why an apparent absence of owls is a good thing.

Noreen Robbins Johnson

As the grandchild of an engineer on the Great Northern Railroad, I always thought the engineer ran the train.

Ken Buehler begs to differ.

The train enthusiast joins us to talk about what he calls "one of the most fun volunteer opportunities in Duluth," and why he will be keeping it a secret from his father. 

Forever Home 3/2

Mar 2, 2017

Mischief | Animal Allies

Mischief is a brown and white tabby domestic short hair who is 6 years old. She came to us from a previous home and is now looking for her new loving home! Mischief is a calm and gentle cat who enjoys playing with toy mice and lattice balls, and receiving attention on her own terms. Mischief is said to get along with other cats and older kids.

Church | Animal Allies

No one teaches you how to respond to a grieving friend.

People mean well, but sometimes the words hurt more than they help.

After three deaths on campus so far this year shook the campus community, over 200 students crowded into the Kirby Student Center lounge today for a special UMD PAWS event, where they could share whatever they were feeling with over a dozen dogs ... none of whom offered any more comment than a sympathetic slurp or two.

Hicle Outdoor

We've got world class mountain bike trails, gorgeous scenery, arts and craft (beer) - who wouldn't want to use some of the four weeks of vacation Europeans get and spend it cycling in Duluth?

You can read more about Dave Grandmaison and his efforts to attract European visitors to our shores here.

©Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Cleaning up Minnesota Slip - containing 2500 cubic yards of contaminated sediment and sealing it off - isn't the hard part.

Nor is repairing the dock walls lining the slip.

Not even getting the  610 feet by 60 feet by 32 foot SS William A Irvin out of the way so it can undergo some needed maintenance the hard part.

The hard part is figuring out how to do it at the same time.

Three student deaths on campus so far this year  have left the UMD community shocked and saddened.

In an effort to help with the healing, UMD PAWS (Pet Away Worry and Stress) will be holding a special event Wednesday, March 1 from 11am to 1pm in the Kirby Student Center.

Courtesy Tweed Museum of Art

Studio 3 West has issued a call for submissions for the WTF! exhibit ...

Karin Kramer is moving her studio and store from Superior to West Duluth ...

Writing a counting book for kids - how hard could it be?

Phyllis Root, though, had other ideas.  By the time she was done, she'd completed a down-counting book with each different habitat in Minnesota represented ... and with each verb used only once.

Phyllis Root's new book, One North Star, is illustrated by Betsy Bowen and artist/biologist Beckie Prange.

Andy Miller

Folks who shock easily might want to steer clear of Renegade Theater Company's regional premier of Hand to God.

But those who don't mind questionable and quirky could find the show right up their alley.  And it includes a role the director says is being singled out as one of the newest and most difficult for an actor to play.

This week:

  • the snowstorm that wasn't
  • some early migrants to look for
  • one month before the vernal equinox and
  • only two weeks to Daylight Savings Time!

It took Cheryl Reitan over a year and three copies of the book to finish Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race.

Forever Home 2/22

Feb 23, 2017

Dinozzo | Contented Critters

Dinozzo is a 1 year old American Bulldog. He was rescued off a euthanasia list. He is a affectionate, playful guy who just wants a chance at a family of his own.

Junior | The Sanctuary

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