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Houses at the end of their useful life provide start for new ones (lives, that is)


The pilot project that St. Louis County and the NRRI are working on is a win-win.

A number of tax-forfeited houses in the county are being deconstructed - taken apart, not demolished - to keep as many materials as possible out of landfills.

The county gets a ready-to-go lot to sell.

Craftspeople and artisans get sought-after rough-sawn lumber.

And folks who have traditionally had a hard time finding work get jobs, training and mentorship.

Make that a win-win-win-win.

More information about the NRRI/St. Louis County deconstruction project is here.

More information about Better Futures Minnesota and Miigwech Aki is here.

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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