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Community Conversations: Creative Minnesota

Creative Minnesota

Is art a frill?  If you can’t make a living at it, is it worth bothering with?  On the other hand, the first  Creative Minnesota report, issued last year, says the Northland – that’s just our little corner of the state - benefits from over a million dollars in economic impact from the arts and culture.

It’s a fascinating conversation that needs history to give it context – and out of the box thinking to project into the future.

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.