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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This week,  a chance for kids and adults to walk in both their worlds completely.

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They'd love a nice place to stay while they're passing through the Northland, and a few good meals.  But you don't need an Airbnb listing; just a nice patch of milkweed. And any other questions you might have can be answered at the 3rd Annual Duluth Monarch Festival.

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We've got daylight from 5:15am to 9:00pm this month, and from fireflies to songbirds to butterflies, dragon flies, frogs, wildflowers and trees, Mother Nature is taking advantage of every single second.

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Surprisingly, the opponents of earned sick and safe time  are not the ones you might expect.

The story of how Searching for Minnesota's Native Wildflowers came to be written, starts, as the very best stories do, with a road trip.

Clover Valley Farms

Apples and rabbits and sheep - oh my!

Clover Valley Farms is giving farmers, gardeners of the merely curious a chance to tour their organic, sustainable acres this weekend.

NRRI

The pilot project that St. Louis County and the NRRI are working on is a win-win.

(l to r) Professor Terresa Hardaway (Outstanding Achievement in Academic Equality), Rachel Goodsky (Community Award for Leadership and Service) and D’Andre Robinson (Youth Leader of Excellence 2018)Credit ©Ivy VainioEdit | Remove

A teacher and business woman who is a mentor and role model for young girls.  

An Anishinabe advocate for women's rights, helping to build confidence in young women and offering support to those seeking sobriety.

Call for entry: AICHO's  Let's See What You See 

Call for entry: Parklet Art! 

Classes, lessons and more:

Pineapple Art Duluth

Otlak Felt Studio and Clothing

Yarn Harbor

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Giishpin bi-izhaayan kiwenz ojibwemowin gabeshiwining gidaa-gashkitoon ji-agindaman o’o ikidowinan.

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What if there was a way to identify which kids are most vulnerable to the siren songs of drugs and alcohol?

If you can't actually have breakfast with James Beard Cookbook Hall of Famer Beatrice Ojakangas, this is the next best thing.

Chester Park Trail Race/Instagram

Just over three miles.

Up to 300 runners.

It's the second annual Chester Park Trail Race, and the only thing that will stop it is the trail itself.  

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Four Native American doctors graduated from UMD's Medical School at the beginning of May.

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