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

If walls could talk ... Nopeming would probably have a lot to say.

Minnesota's first hospital for the care of tuberculosis patients opened in 1912 just outside of Duluth, and became a nursing home in the '50s before the place closed for good in 2002.

But the non-profit, Orison, that bought the abandoned facility in 2009 has been updating  security, and now they're ready to welcome the public: for tours, to film movies or to investigate the paranormal ...

Karen Holland/US Environmental Protection Agency

Tom Beery is an enthusiastic guy to begin with, but kicking off a two-day workshop on adaptation planning for coastal communities - on Duluth's Climate Adaptation Day, no less - you get the feeling that he just can't wait to get started.

"We don't have to argue the specifics of climate change," he says.  "We're experiencing change, and we can look at it from a readiness perspective."

PunchingJudy/Flickr

Laura Palombi says making the use of Narcan a moral issue doesn't help anyone. 

And help is needed.  The assistant professor at the College of Pharmacy Duluth says the public health crisis that is the opiod epidemic has hit our area "really hard."

Palombi is taking part in a series of naloxone trainings for medical professionals, funded in part by a state grant aimed at  rapidly expanding treatment and recovery resources for people in hard-hit northeastern Minnesota.

But the real issue that's sparking a "frenzy of research now,"  Palombi says is "why."

©Susanna Gaunt

Susanna Gaunt's multi-media exhibit Taking Stock opens Tuesday at the Tweed Museum of Art ...

Saltless Sea Cinema presents Lo-Fi Lumen on Wednesday ...

The Duluth Experience

Duluth's dark past is again providing fodder for a Dark History Bus Tour this month.

October's Bright Blue Weather

When comrades seek sweet country haunts,
        By twos and twos together,
    And count like misers, hour by hour,
        October's bright blue weather.

O suns and skies and flowers of June,
        Count all your boasts together,
    Love loveth best of all the year
        October's bright blue weather.

         ~Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885)

The art of being in the "once upon a time" and in the "now" simultaneously, why you need the best of your humanity to defeat a troll, and why no Norwegian child ever wants to be called "a troll-kid."

©John Krumm. Used with permission.

Organizer and activist Janet Kennedy weighs in on the challenges of finding a place to live in Duluth, the mayor's proposed sales tax increase to pay for street repair and what issues she finds most important.

We reached out to the campaign of  Barb Russ but they did not respond to our requests for interviews.

Forever Home

Oct 19, 2017

Koda

Koda is a black and white mixed breed who is 14 years old. He came to us from a previous home and is now looking for his new loving home! Koda is a very mild mannered and easy going dog who loves everybody. He enjoys car rides, kids, strangers, and other dogs. He is an overall very happy dog who is photogenic and just wants to receive attention in the form of cuddle and pets.

He will be neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated by the time of adoption.

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