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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Parsing the difference between "equality" and "equity" is the kind of thing you might expect in a school assignment.

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How does that meme on Facebook go?

"April showers bring snow plowers"?

Leave it to Larry Weber to remind us just how important these April snows are.

"Learning Good Consent: On Healthy Relationships and Survivor Support"

In this neck of the woods, we're not exactly famous for talking about feelings.

But a recent workshop at UMD aimed to give people the words - and the motivation - to have some of those awkward conversations.

You can read more about Learning Good Consent: On Healthy Relationships and Survivor Support

Long before "catfishing," email scams or Ted Bundy entered the scene, Minnesota's Harry Hayward was cutting a swath - sometimes literally - through Minnesota's female population.

The Infamous Harry Hayward: A True Account of Murder and Mesmerism in Gilded Age Minneapolis is published by the University of Minnesota Press.

There are two things Shaun Floerke is very clear about.

The Sixth District judge, one of the newest members to the National Judicial Opiod Task Force, credits Duluth ("a lot of good people doing lots of good things") for his appointment - and he says the time has come to find solutions.

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Duluth's ongoing conversation about Earned Safe and Sick Time is a critical one for people who risk their jobs if they take time off to care for a sick child or are seeking help in instances of domestic abuse.

In Duluth's Native American community, over 30% of the population is homeless.  80% of mothers are the primary breadwinners for their families. And 46% - compared to 26% of the general population here - are living below the poverty line.

So as you might imagine, issues surrounding income and job security - not to mention aid for victims of violence - are big deals.

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The snow is on the crocuses and dandelions.

The single-digit overnight lows tonight could crisp some early leaves.

But leave it to 20-year KUMD veteran host Tom Kasper to find some things for gardeners to look forward to.

Eric Dubnicka

Where's the best art opening this week?  What shows are closing?  Are there any calls-for-entries anywhere?  Annie Dugan brings you a comprehensive look at Where's Art every Monday morning at 8:20am on Northland Morning.

More information about "Transmutation: Art of Growth and Love" by Eric Dubnicka

More information about Kathy McTavish's Tweevening talk

Torn between longing for signs of spring and the excitement of a winter snowstorm, Northlanders can find a little something to make everyone happy.

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Fifty years after the assassination of Dr Martin Luther King and the year Nelson Mandela would have turned 100, Shades of Africa - Rise Up! at UMD brought together local activists, artists and community members - and their allies - to celebrate progress and support one another through these challenging times.

From growing up gay in North Dakota to pursuing her back-to-the-land dreams at the start of the farm crisis, Dianna Hunter looks back on her ups, her downs, and the role KUMD played in moving her forward.

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Uncertainties of current American immigration policies, particularly in regards to DACA--the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, is raising concerns for Minnesota college students. This week, the University of Minnesota Immigration Response Team came to the UMD campus with an Immigration Policy Briefing. Brianna Kaiser has the story.

Milkweed Editions

Dave and Amy Freeman are "adventure advocates."

Four years ago, they paddled and sailed 2000 miles from Ely to Washington D.C. to to call attention to a proposed sulfide-ore copper mining operation near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

In September of 2015, they began a year in the BWCAW, sharing their experience through video, photos, and blog posts.

UMD Clean Snowmobile Team

People would just love snowmobiles if they didn't dislike them so much.

They're noisy (think angry bees) and they can pollute up a storm.

But UMD's award-winning Clean Snowmobile Team is using the most amazing technologies to build a leaner, cleaner, quieter sled, and until someone figures out how to make a battery that works in the cold, they might be onto something.

Paul Deaner was awed by August Wilson's Fences.

That's where it started.

What he did with that feeling is coming to fruition tonight when Lake Superior Community Theater's production of the stage play opens in Duluth.

And in a town where directors insist they can't find actors of color to audition for their shows, Deaner hopes he may be laying the groundwork for some social change as well.

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