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

What stands out about a person when they're gone?

Carol Lafavor died in 2011, but her legacy is that of a pioneer in the places where gender, sexuality, social justice, HIV/AIDS awareness and being Native intersect.

Lisa Johnson

Jessica Looman is feeling pretty good about the state of solar energy in Minnesota.

What's got the state commerce commissioner "walking on sunshine"?

Minnesota's solar capacity between 2015 and 2016 grew almost three times - to put that in perspective, the 476 megawatts added in 2017 is enough electricity to power 53,000 more homes.

Add to that declining prices, increased consumer demand and 57,000 clean energy jobs in the state, Minnesotans may be inclined to quote Timbuk 3 from back in the day: "The future's so bright, I gotta wear shades".

Many of the speakers at the Twin Ports 2018 Women's March wanted to see more inclusivity in the community and in organizing around issues of feminism and social justice.

  Trans Plus took them at their word, and the result is a joint panel discussion and community conversation tonight at the Prøve Collective.

Krishna Kumar/Flickr

Having Olympians in the studio this morning got us thinking: what's the deal with competitive gardening?

Master Gardener Tom Kasper explains.

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Several of the most magical moments of the 2018 Winter Games were created by Minnesotans.

The US Women's Hockey team beating Canada in the final game.

Duluth Art Institute

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.

More information about the Gallery Talk with Andy Sturdevant

More information about the WTF! 2018 exhibit

©Fathers Rise Together

A man phoned Devoted Dads/Fathers Rise Together yesterday at the end of his rope.

"I need more," he said, "because I'm losing my mind and no one is hearing me."

ChaQuanna McIntyre, the group's founder, gets it.

And whether you're a dad looking for camaraderie with other dads or support and help to build a better relationship with y0ur kids, this father-focused program is there.

More information is also available at 218-461-1722.

©Laura Erickson. Used with permission.

It's March, and things are startin'!

Clinton Nienhaus, head naturalist for the Friends of the Sax-Zim Bog says it's the intersection of a lot of different things, actually.

Love is in the air for ravens, crow, gray jays and others ... some waterfowl have begun returning to the area as well as some raptors ... and still other birds bid adieu to the Northland because - the weather is too nice?

UMD YOUmatter

Social media gets a bad rap when it comes to cyber-bullying or just making people feel bad about themselves when their lives don't seem to measure up.

But a group at UMD is doing what they can to turn that around, and use the pervasive power of Facebook, Twitter and the like to let people in the community know they're not alone.

UMD YOUmatter is on Facebook here and on Twitter here.

You can air-condition a movie theater with an artesian well.

Drive-in movies didn't lose their popularity; land just got too expensive.

These and other gems are available in Dave Kenney's Twin Cities Picture Show.

Back before John Shuster and Jessie Diggins won Olympic gold ... and even when people still thought Chad Salmela was a quiet, laid-back sports commentator, KUMD was bringing you live coverage from the Winter Games in Vancouver and Sochi.

Jason Cork

In 2014, then-Duluthian Jason Cork talked with KUMD's Mimmu Salmela about his role as an assistant coach for the USA men's cross-country ski team - and his coaching of one other person: Jessie Diggins.

Four years before Jessie Diggins would learn about it first hand at the 2018 Winter Games, she talked with KUMD's Mimmu Salmela about how it feels to win a medal "where you never have before."

Four years before he would set the Twitter-sphere alight with his calling of the 2018 Olympic cross-country skiing finish (Here comes Diggins!’ Finish of Olympic cross-country skiing enthralls viewers) and two days after being lauded for his "exploding-brain-matter level of enthusiasm" in the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi (

USA Curling

Back in 2014, John Shuster thought it was a big deal to have a key to the Duluth Curling Club, so he could get in to practice whenever he wanted.

Of course, that was four years before he got a key to the City of Duluth.

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