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

Are you interested in getting involved in decision making? The MN DNR is looking for volunteers to join the citizen agency work groups to help decide how to manage issues. 

5 separate groups have been made to support fish species. Catfish, Walleye, Northern Pike, Musky, and Bass. 

You can focus on conserving lakes and ponds, but also address the issues of managing harvest recreation.

Applications are open!

If you take your boring walk to the bus stop, the new notebooks and pencils and lined paper, and the drama over your date (or not) to the Homecoming Dance for granted - well, why shouldn't you?

Center of American Indian & Minority Health

Christian Coffman can't stop beaming, just thinking about the student who came into his class this summer admitting that many of the sciences were not his favorite subjects.

Coffman, a grad student in Chemistry at UMD was teaching some STEM courses this summer as part of the Center of Minority and Indian Health's Native Americans in Medicine program.

©Prøve Gallery

The exhibition Shady Rest opens Thursday at the Prøve Gallery ...

And the Duluth Art Institute is holding a Free Family Art Day Saturday in connection with the Lincoln Park Open House.

Also Jonathan Thunder will be creating a temporary chalk mural on Elephant Rock that will be revealed on Saturday.

©Tara Smith, Wildwoods. Used with permission.

A couple of sick, skinny peregrine falcons have been brought into Wildwoods Wildlife Rehabilitation recently ... one didn't live to be transported to The Raptor Center but the one pictured at left did.

Forever Home 10/5

Oct 5, 2017
Adoptable Pets
Contented Critters and Animal Allies

Amy Rose | Animal Allies

Primary Color: Grey
Secondary Color: White
Weight: 5.5
Age: 1yrs 7mths 1wks

Chowder | Animal Allies 

Listen to Beth Dooley talk about food, and it's easy to understand how quickly you forget that it's food she's talking about.

Everyone is invited to the QASU Fall Drag Show at UMD Saturday night ...

It's performance art, it's history and culture ... and all you need to know is that it's a riotously good time.

(Oh, and have a supply of dollar bills, which you will HAND people.  No tucking money into folks' clothes; just HAND it to them like a nice person.)

Contented Critters Animal Sanctuary

KUMD's Forever Home feature has been on the air since the summer of 2010, and Contented Critters Animal Sanctuary in Makinen has been a part of it since the beginning.

We're saddened to learn of the passing of Faye Peters this past spring.  Faye and her late husband Walter started Contented Critters at their home in Makinen over thirty years ago.

We will miss Faye's warmth, humor and her unmistakable Kentucky accent when she pronounced a featured pet "a good dawg."  And we can only imagine the flood of animals there to greet her when she crossed the Rainbow Bridge.

Sharon Moen/Minnesota Sea Grant

How can you have a conversation about improving water quality in Minnesota if you don't take Lake Superior into account?

Minnesota Sea Grant decided you can't.  So when Governor Mark Dayton launched his series of "25 by 25" Water Quality Initiative town hall meetings and the northeastern Minnesota session was scheduled in Ely, they decided to assemble a panel of experts and launch an online town hall.

Life House's new expansion is a ten-bed teen emergency shelter called The Loft.

The lack of affordable housing in Duluth plus misinformation - or no information - about why kids end up on the streets means there is still a gap between the number of kids with nowhere to go every night in Duluth  (100 on average) and the number of beds available.

Lack of affordable housing ... and a lack of imagination?  Life House director Maude Dornfeld says most people "can't imagine not loving their kids."

USFWS Mountain-Prairie/Flickr

The irony isn't lost on those who study these things.

Neonicotinoid pesticides were developed originally because they were thought to be less toxic to birds and wildlife than other options.  

The effects on pollinators are becoming widely examined  - and they're troubling - but now the MN DNR is into the third year of a study to see what happens to sharp-tailed grouse exposed to the chemicals.

And they're asking Minnesota grouse hunters to help them collect samples.

simpleinsomnia/Flickr

Back in the day, you had to work in the garden if you wanted to eat.

Then many folks (perhaps justifiably) began enjoying the convenience of fruits and veggies (canned, frozen or fresh) from the grocery store.

Master gardener Tom Kasper says the pendulum is swinging back again toward folks growing their own food, but he says the attitude now is that people get to garden; they don't have to.

Jim Moran/Flickr

Despite what social media tells us (on our screens, no less), the line "The people will not revolt. They will not look up from their screens long enough to notice what’s happening" did not come from George Orwell's 1949 novel 1984.

It did, however, come from the stage play based on the novel, an adaptation by Robert Icke and Duncan MacMillan that premiered in 2013.

Regardless, the book and the stage show have sparked plenty of discussion recently as they resonate with readers and audiences in ways Orwell never thought possible in 1949.

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