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

Art historian and host of Where's Art, Annie Dugan, takes the mic to interview Andreas Marks, the author of Hard Bodies: Contemporary Japanese Lacquer Sculpture.

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The Northland Foundation's Rural Aging Initiative isn't just about helping folks stay in their homes longer.

If families are the building blocks of a community, it makes sense to provide them with support and connectedness to other families.

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Annie Dugan counts down the best art experiences of 2017 (one you can still attend) and offers some tips for bringing art into the most mundane aspects of our everyday lives:

10) Karin Kraemer's new shop in Lincoln Park's craft district

9)  the opening of the Duluth Folk School

8) the breakthrough of local artist/pro wrestler Joe Klander

2018 kicks off in grand style from the KUMD studios with this time-honored tradition from One Vegetable, One Community. See video of the announcement here.

Duluth Community Garden Program

Maybe the ultimate goal would be a community garden every ten blocks all through the city of Duluth.

But in the meantime, the Duluth Community Garden Program contents itself overseeing 20 gardens, 255 rentable plots, providing resources for gardeners from shovels to canning lessons, and bringing the community together through food and gardening.

This interview originally aired on December 5, 2017.

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Every year, on the last Backyard Almanac of December, Larry Weber makes a request that has nothing to do phenology or the natural world: he just wants to hear John McCutcheon's song, "Christmas in the Trenches."  So we decided to make some additional information about the song - and the story behind it - clickable for other fans.

If you're curious about Larry's perennial Christmas favorite, "Christmas in the Trenches" by John McCutcheon, here's a link to a YouTube video of the song.  It was a "project for Mr. Cutler's grade 6 class."

National Geographic photographer, collaborator and dad Per Breiehagen talks about the latest entry in the "Wish" series, their photo shoot at Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge in Ely for next year's book, and why you never know when photos from the archive are going to come in handy.

National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC)

The folks at the National Indigenous Women's Resource Center in Lame Deer, MT knew representatives from the movie Wind River would be coming to visit.

After all, they were shooting a new TV series, Yellowstone, nearby and had promised to help host a fundraiser.

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Larry Weber says the darkness of this week leading up to the December 21 winter solstice is should be embraced, and a walk (or a cross country ski) under the starlit sky just a little "dose of humility."

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