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Expansion for Hartley Nature Center: "the urgency is real"

TKDA/Hartley Nature Center

Six to seven thousand school kids every year.

Thirty-six preschoolers at a time.

One restroom.

A lot has changed since Hartley Nature Center celebrated - finally! - the construction of an actual building in 2003.  At the time, its grid-tied solar energy system, low impact building techniques and forest-certified wood construction was not only "ahead of the design curve," it was a reflection of the organization's values.

But the success of the school group visits, camps and preschool programs means they need more space, and advances in energy-efficient and sustainable technologies means they need some upgrades.

Enter the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission with a $1 million grant to help fund  the hoped-for 6,000-square-foot addition.

Credit TKDA/Hartley Nature Center

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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