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Join us for coverage of the 2023 John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon.

Beargrease 2019: "You're gonna run this team next year"

Jason Rice

When Ryan Redington crossed the finish line at last year's John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon, several hours ahead of his closest competition, Beargrease board vice president Jason Rice came up to him to shake his hand.

"You're gonna run this team next year," said Redington.

And, by golly, that's just what second-time Beargrease competitor and 20-year race fan Rice is doing.

KUMD's coverage of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is supported by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Credit Jason Rice

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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