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Green Visions
A Northland Morning feature focusing on local environmental issues, heard Wednesdays at 8:20 a.m. Green Visions is brought to you by All Energy Solar, Minnesota Power Energy Conservation Program, and Energy Plus.

Green Visions: "the legislature is more aggressive in preventing people from doing their jobs"

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Opponents of the PolyMet mine, like opponents of Line 3, are steeped in the arcana of permits and hearings and acronyms for agencies like the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the state DNR.

A recent guest on Green Visions suggested the process wasn't designed to make it accessible or transparent for people; it was designed for corporations. And she suggested it might need an overhaul.

But Aaron Klemz with the Minnesota Center of Environmental  Advocacy says we had a great system, one that respected citizen views and science, back in the '70s. But it's being dismantled bit by bit.

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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