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MN Reads: "Why the Bear Has A Short Tail" by Giniwgiizhig and illustrated by Sam Zimmerman

Sam Zimmerman

Sam Zimmerman is taking a class to re-learn his language, Ojibwemowin.

He laughs his efforts are making his ancestors' ears bleed, but if Sam's ancestors have been keeping track of him, chances are they're pretty proud.

Sam Zimmerman has come home to his community, his culture, and himself, in many ways.

After art school, Sam spent many years on the East Coast. Teaching art lead to going back to school to train for special education, and over the years, he went from being a teacher to a principal and eventually, to superintendent.  In fact, it was a vacation from the demands of that position that reawakened something in him.  Within eight months, on his way back to art - and to Minnesota, with his life - and the 40 paintings he'd produced in that time - loaded into a U-Haul.

He joins us this morning to talk about his latest project, which marries two of his favorite things: art and children.

Why the Bear Has A Short Tailby Giniwgiizhig and illustrated by Sam Zimmerman will be out next month, and it's published by Black Bears and Blueberries Publishing.

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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