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Phenology with local naturalist Larry Weber every Friday morning at 8:20 on Northland Morning.

Green Visions: solar energy: now an option to reduce poverty, too?

Rural Renewable Energy Alliance

Rural communities worried about shrinking populations and fewer jobs.

Low-income people for whom solar energy is out of reach financially or not an option because they rent.

But what if an entire community could have a solar energy system, and folks already qualifying for energy assistance could get those benefits, too?

Could there really be an option that's good for the environment, helps lift people out of poverty and provides jobs and economic development or small communities?  Rural Renewable

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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