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30 years later - still For The Birds!

Laura Erickson at KUMD circa 1987

Ever since May 12, 1986, Laura Erickson has been our "pocket field guide" to the birds of the Northland.

But she's been so much more than that.  Laura has introduced us to the poetry of Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, J. Drew Lanham, Billy Collins, Ogden Nash and so many, many more.  She's made us familiar with King Lear, Love's Labours Lost, and a host of other Shakespearean plays.

She's made us laugh (check out thisblog post for a list of some of her Greatest Hits),  made us cry (if you can make it through this one, you're doing better than the morning host did the day it aired) and made us think about more than birds.  Laura Erickson has taught us to think about - sometimes literally - the nature of things.

From all of us here at KUMD, Happy Birthday/Anniversary, Laura!  Here's to another 30 years!!

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.