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Poetry, music, suspense: annual VOTY reveal bigger and better!

The annual Vegetable of the Year reveal on KUMD started humbly enough.  Michael Gabler joined us every New Year's Day, guitar in hand, and sang a little tune he'd composed about that year's honored veg.

Then last year, after Michael moved away from Duluth, our Poet Laureate Gary Boelhower lent his art to a live performance of a poem about the humble rutabaga.

This year marks a substantial raising of the bar: this year's vegetable is celebrated, not only with another original poem performed by Boelhower, but an original song from Starr and Andy.

Could fireworks and interpretive dance be far behind?

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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