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.

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Zoongide'win (zoon GED eh win) means "strong-hearted" in Ojibwe, and it's also the title of an exhibition this week of maps, manuscripts and the resilience of the people who were here long before Europeans arrived.

 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.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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University of Minnesota Duluth

It took more than two years of conversations with Minnesota's eleven tribes and five University of Minnesota campuses to produce a draft update of the Board of Regents Policy: American Indian Advisory Boards for the University of Minnesota system.

And while it's still in the system (slated for discussion in September and passage in October), one of the policy's chief architects, Tadd Johnson, hopes it results in the inclusion of a representative from each of the Minnesota tribal nations on the Advisory Board.

©Tone Coughlin Photography. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

The first half of April ended in a most dramatic fashion: record-breaking (low) temperatures, high winds, crashing waves and a record snowfall.

And while it certainly wasn't appreciated by everyone, Larry Weber says it was still fascinating.

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Administrators at the College of St. Scholastica are surely still shaking their heads.

The CSS Student Senate just passed a resolution asking to be charged for single-use plastic bags.

That's right.  Asking to be charged.

And what's more, in three days, they got a quarter of the student body to sign onto it.

Minnesota is home to more endangered species than just the wolf.

Adam Regn Arvidson takes a look, not only at the plants and animals on the list, but which ones we value, why we value them, and what we take into consideration moving forward.

Wild and Rare: Tracking Endangered Species in the Upper Midwest is published my Minnesota Historical Society Press.

Amanda Jorgenson

espnW's Sports and Culture writer Katie Barnes spoke on the UMD campus recently, talking about the intersections of sports and social justice. In a wide-ranging presentation, they talked about sports and political protest,  offered some surprising insights about solidarity and maintained that sports and athletics are an under-utilized arena for transforming society.

28 years later, folks are still hopping around local galleries to look at art and watch it being created.

Dan Neff, owner of Lake Superior Art Glass, shared more about the event with KUMD's Adam Reinhardt.

Stephanie Bower, Architectural illustration.

Take an idea from the feudal land systems of centuries ago.

Add some modern-day best practices from a legal anthropologist.

Then use art to translate law and the technology of solar energy into "layman's terms."

More information about Solar Commons is here.

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Listeners to Laura Erickson's For the Birds program this morning heard about the plight of our early arrivals in the Northland - and it's not good news.

In case you missed it, here is the contact information Laura shared on the program:

REGI (Raptor Education Group of Antigo) at 715-623-4015

Locally, you can reach Wildwoods at 218-491-3604

KUMD members love their KUMD tshirts and sweatshirts as thank-you gifts during membership drives, but as usual, we strike pay dirt when we give away Tom Kasper.

UMD Queer and Allies Student Union

Gaypril at UMD is busting out all over with fun and informative events for queer students, their allies and anyone in the community who'd like to attend.

Nicole Schneider, "Identity Series - 2", (2017), Cyanotype photograph

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 Art for Earth Day Gallery Hop

Northlanders rejoiced when we hit an official high temperature of 47 degrees Wednesday.

Trouble is, that's supposed to be the average temperature for this time of year.

Mushrooms are a fruit?

Who knew?!

Authors Michael Karns and Lisa Golden Schroeder certainly did.  They, with photographer Dennis Becker have produced a book that's part cook book, part field guide, and part coffee table book.

Untamed Mushrooms: From Field to Table is published by Minnesota Historical Society Press.

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