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MN Reads: "The Meaning of Wilderness" edited by David Backes


David Backes was a college student on the verge of dropping out until he found the books of Sigurd Olson.

34 years after his death, Backes talks about meeting Olson and their enduring friendship, compiling a book of his writings, and how Olson warned our  distractedness, decades before the advent of cell phones, is cutting us off from our essential humanness.

"He's a great example of being stubborn until you find out what you're called to do in life, not just for your own happiness -- that's the way you'll make the difference you're really supposed to make in the lives of others." - David Backes on Sigurd Olson

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.