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No disconnect: heating assistance, public art and solar energy


The solar panels will go up before year's end at the northeastern entrance to the Lincoln Park neighborhood.

Ecolibrium3's SUNraisergenerated enough dollars to make the first phase of the project possible.

Not only will construction start on the  40 kW solar array to benefit the Duluth Veterans’ Place, three-quarters of the money will seed an Emergency Energy Fund to help families struggling to pay their utility bills and help those same families upgrade their homes' energy efficiency going forward.

And the special treat for folks actually driving around in the neighborhood? Think public art.  Think of the backsides of those solar panels as ... blank canvases, if you will ...!

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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