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

©Christopher Selleck

Exhibits by Christopher Selleck, Jonathan Thunder, Robert Dewitt Adams and Elizabeth LaPensee open this week at the Duluth Art Institute.

©The Grounds Keepers

You're hiking along, enjoying the day when ... trash.

Maybe some pop cans or fast food wrappers ... maybe a discarded television.

Enter Two Harbors-based Granite Gear, who chose 15 people from over 200 applicants to be Grounds Keepers.

And so far, they've gotten over a quarter-ton of litter off the trains, from the Appalachian Trail to the Pacific  Crest Trail to the Superior Hiking Trail, right here in our own neighborhood.

Marilylle Soveran/Flickr

They brighten the roadsides at this time of year, but a lot of the flowers we're seeing along the highways and byways these days are actually non-native species.

©Anne Victoria Photography

  Radio Theatre: Western Romantic Comes of Age as Spy; Behind the Scenes of Sci Fi Horror at Thanksgiving!*

(*We ran out of characters to include the full made-up title in the headline)

Co-creator of Take It With You live radio theatre, Blake Thomas, joins us for a preview of the show that's

Midnight Oil Studio and Workshop

2-D artist and screen printer Jonathan Metzger on why no one ever brags they do better screen printing in their basement, and why art offers important training in analytical thinking.

Atelier & Stone

Jewelry artist Louise Payjack-Guillou on the line between creativity and commercial success, and the definitive answer to the question: "I tried on this ring and it's stuck; how do I get if off?!"

Forever Home 6/22

Jun 22, 2017

Hulk | Animal Allies

Hulk is a Silver American Staffordshire Terrier mix who is 8 years old. He came to us as a stray from St. Louis County and is now looking for his new loving home! This sweet guy will love getting to know you with that big nose of his. He loves giving kisses and going for walks outside.

Penny | Animal Allies

Ray Shelerud

Ceramicist Ray Shelerud on the "grand passion" of his life ... and where people really are when they call in sick from work. (Hint: check the area clay studios.)

© Lisa Johnson

Ever since the '90s, folks have been gathering the third week in July to recognize Lake Superior and the environmental concerns surrounding it ... and to celebrate the successes.

This year's Lake Superior Day (Days?)  is no different, with educational sessions at the Maritime Visitors Center Friday and Saturday and a whole passel of kid-friendly activities on Sunday.

Greg Michaels

Metal sculptor Greg Michaels on his former career as an illustrator, the welder he bought "to work on the car," and the green jewel that is Duluth.

Jonathan Thunder

Annie Dugan on an upcoming show by Jonathan Thunder, a memorial and retrospective for Russel Gran at the Washington Studios he helped create, and The Gong Show returns with a Duluthian on the hot seat.

Anna Bailey

"Man, this smells amazing!"  ~ most people, upon entering wood artist Anna Bailey's booth

Wood artist Anna Bailey on home, family and the tools you find and learn to use along the way.

Lori Kempton/Twin Ports Stage

Fresh on the heels of a successful comingling of Duluth and Superior mayors in Love Letters, Twin Ports Stage is feeling pretty good.

The mayors had so much fun they'd like to do another show together, the public was impressed by their "hands-on helping" and the gutting of their proposed new space is done.

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