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

  "It was as if the water remembered."

Jacqueline Briggs Martin's latest is the true story of a creek - and a man - finding their way home.

CHUM

"They don't usually like the court at first," admits Deb Holman, ruefully.

But an innovative collaboration between legal professionals and community support service providers (Holman is a Street Outreach Worker for CHUM) is helping to break the cycle of homelessness, chemical dependency, mental illness and crime.

© Shawn Carr. Used with permission.

Joel Kilgour sighs.

Maybe the plan was "overly ambitious," he says.

Joel has spent the better part of the last 20 years with the Loaves and Fishes Community, working on behalf of people struggling with poverty, homelessness and "housing insecurity."

In 2007, St. Louis County launched A Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness.  In 2017, the crisis of homelessness has not abated, but all is far from lost.

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Efforts to develop disease-tolerant elm trees have been in high gear ever since the majestic trees started being lost to Dutch elm disease in the '30s.

Now USDA Forest Service scientists are inoculating more than 1200 research American elms with Dutch elm disease, and if the trees can fight it off, you might even be able to plant elms in your yard again.

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The perceived "east-west divide" in Duluth is significant, especially when it comes to socio-economic barriers and even a ten-year discrepancy in life expectancy, depending on where you live.

Could meeting in the middle somewhere, say, Canal Park, help get people thinking in a new way?

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation think so, and they're willing to shell out $200,000 to find out.  

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"Don't change the height of the mower dramatically!"

"Don't cut below 2 1/2 inches!"

"I'm busy crowding out other weeds; leave me alone!"

Master gardener Tom Kasper says listen to your lawn: it might surprise you.

The region bids a happy retirement this week to Bob DeArmond, the longtime head of the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council ... and Annie is in search of fiction books about art history to enjoy on vacation.

©First Nations Development Institute

Living in a food desert is bad enough - that's defined as an area vapid of fresh fruit, vegetables, and other healthful whole foods, usually found in impoverished areas - but it's worse when you live 20 or 30 miles from the closest place that sells anything to eat at all.

Forever Home 6/8

Jun 8, 2017

Jackie | Contented Critters

Jackie is a 1 year old female Red Bone/ Coonhound mix. Jackie was rescued off a euthanasia list.  She is a big girl with a great nose. She gets along with other dogs and has a lot of energy.

Bambino | Animal Allies

WIldwoods Rehabilitation

How could anyone with a heart resist an "abandoned" fawn or a baby bird flopping helplessly on the ground?

The compassion isn't the problem at this time of year; the problem is what you don't know you don't know in order to really help.

Luckily for us, Wildwoods is there - on the phone or online - to help.

Nathaniel LeCapitaine/Fox 21 News. Used with permission.

Non-profit theater and arts company Twin Ports Stage has been working for years to create an arts & event center in Superior.

Lisa Johnson

Jafra Said is a human rights activist who came to the US from Syria several years ago when she married an American.  Jafra spoke recently at a Loaves and Fishes Roundtable Discussion on sanctuary, nativism and the lives of people caught in the middle.

From the star-struck teen who recorded KUMD's RPM show onto cassette night after night, to the man  behind the mic creating curated music performances, KUMD alum Jon Heyesen (1997-01) shares some of his memories with KUMD Program Director Maija Jenson.

The Minnesota Quilters Quilt Show and Conference starts Thursday in Duluth ...

The Prøve Gallery opens a show Friday called Needlework: Rethinking Vulnerability and Resistance ...

and Larry Turbes' show at the Zeitgeist opens this evening with an exhibit of his drawing, painting and sculpture.

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