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

©World Without Genocide

The Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is an international treaty adopted in 1979 by the United Nations General Assembly.

189 countries have ratified it; six have not: Sudan, Somalia, Iran, Palau, Tonga .... and the United States.

If there's one thing people in the Northland care about, it's our water.  We love our rivers, streams and, of course, the big lake.

So when the conversation turns to things like polluted trout streams, setting acceptable levels of pollutants and how best to manage the three watersheds that make up the Duluth Urban Watershed, it's not surprising that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency wants to hear from folks up here on their proposals.

©Community Action Duluth

Caught between the conversion to filing taxes online and being unable to hire them done, folks without computers, confused by computers or just plain confused by their taxes have a variety of options for free help.

More information on

Community Action Duluth's Free Tax Site

UMD's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA)

World Naked Gardening Day

Master gardener Tom Kasper celebrates the first day of spring with some pruning tasks for outdoors, some seed-starting tasks for indoors, and social media's fascination with World Naked Gardening Day.

March for Our Lives - Duluth/Facebook

This Saturday, students and their families along with community members all over the country plan to march to end gun violence and mass shootings

Even as details are emerging about yet another school shooting this morning (3/20/18) in Maryland,  plans to hold a march and rally in Duluth - one of eight in the 8th Congressional District - are going ahead.

More information about March For Our Lives Duluth.

©Dana Fritz

Where's the best art opening this week?  What shows are closing?  Are there any calls-for-entries anywhere? 

©Sparky Stensaas. Used with permission.

Two years ago at this time, the Northland was bracing for a foot of snow.  29 years ago, it was -12 in Duluth.

We're looking at temps in the 40s and 50s this weekend; perfect time to scout out some Gray Jays building nests or watching Red Crossbills enjoying this year's bumper crop of pine cones.

©Mooster History

Twenty-five thousand kids across Minnesota put their history chops on display throughout the state earlier this year, and those winners are duking it out now in 12 regional competitions, hoping to make it to State at the end of April.

But the real story may be students as young as 12 developing thesis statements, researching their topics and doing the kind of thoughtful analysis that, the world tells us, we need more of.

Kate Cavett is the kind of person who wants to read the book, not see the movie.

She says she likes stories "in their original versions," so it's no surprise that this oral historian chose to investigate a neighborhood near where she grew up in a way that "records the voice of the storyteller."

Voices of Rondo: Oral Histories of Saint Paul's Historic Black Community is published by the University of Minnesota Press.

Protect my Public Media Blog

Federal funding for public broadcasting is again on the chopping block in the President's budget proposal.
  Protect my Public Media is a national advocacy group; KUMD's Maija Jenson spoke with Christina Kuzmych, the general manager at Wyoming Public Media.

From adding fresh produce grown at UMD to today's rollout of compostable cups and straws, the U's Dining Services and Office of Sustainability are making big strides with a little tiny footprint.

MN DOT

There are more people than you'd think champing at the bit for road construction season to start.

FarOutFlora/Flickr

Remember being a little kid and kissing yourself in the mirror?

When did that stop - and why?

UMD's recent Kiss the Mirror event decided to tackle the issue head on.

(You can listen to the TED Talk that preceeded the program, Why Thinking You're Ugly Is Bad For You with Meaghan Ramsey here.)

Melissa Boyd

When Melissa Boyd started her Ojibwe language studies with elders, she discovered she was learning more than words.

For one thing, her studies were teaching her things about herself as an Anishinabe person; things that weren't included in public school or even tribal school curricula.

She believes that part of low Native graduation rates have to do with missing pieces of their education: students don't learn about themselves, their issues, their community, their strengths and their history.

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.

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