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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In the end, it just came down to faster dogs.

Last year's Beargrease Marathon winner and three-time-champion (also the only person to ever win the marathon and the mid-distance race) missed his chance to tie Jamie Nelson and Nathan Schroeder's record of four marathon wins, crossing the finish line at Billy's this morning at 8:00am.

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The GPS isn't telling the whole story when it comes to the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon.  It's not just how fast you get to the finish line; it's how fast you get to the finish line WITH your 30 hours of mandated rest!

Read the article on race strategy  by Jason Rice here:

Flip through a slideshow of scenes from the race midpoint at Grand Portage here:

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Over thirty years and 125,000 miles behind a sled later, when John Stetson talks about training dogs, he comes back, over and over again, to trust. How it can enable a person to control 14 fast-moving dogs with only a brake and their voice.  And how easy it is to lose.  

There are no prima donnas on John Stetson’s dog teams.  That goes for the dogs and the human mushers he trains.

"The Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is all about dogs," you say.  "So of course my dog is welcome, right?"

Beargrease organizers say please, leave your pet at home.

Two words: disease and dessert.

There are thousands of dollars and days invested in creating a competitive sled dog team, an investment that could be down the tubes if a sled dog picks up a bug from an unvaccinated or sick pet.

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Larry Weber says, once in a blue moon (like the one January 31), you should get out for a nice moonlight walk or ski or snowshoe tromp.

Looking at Cathy de Moll's account of Will Steger's 1989 Trans-Antarctica Expedition on a bookstore shelf, you might be tempted to pick it up, reminded of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon coming up this weekend in Duluth.

You might know that longtime musher and sled dog trainer John Stetson (this year part of KUMD's Beargrease coverage) got his start training dogs for Steger back in 1986.

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A couple of times a year, Duluth's Damiano Center and a coalition of other nonprofits host an event designed to help folks struggling with poverty get connected with  resources that can help them.

Coinciding - by design - with last night's HUD-mandated Point in Time Homeless Count,  it's a joint attempt to make sure folks take part in the count, but also provide help to a group where more and more are not individuals but families.

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The Feminist Action Collective was formed the day after the election in 2016.

Just over a year later, over 1700 strong, the mood has changed from one of trauma post-election to one of celebration.

And as people gathered last weekend for the Twin Ports Women's March, that celebratory feeling could be traced back to "resist" ("policies that discount our shared humanity and try to silence many community voices," says FACilitator Andrea Crouse) and "persist" (to move forward with many diverse voices for the common good").

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