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Green Visions: new watercraft rocking the boat on Minnesota lakes

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If you've never heard of "wake boats," you're not alone.

This unique class of watercraft is specially designed to create a wake in which folks can wakesurf or wakeboard.

The people who make, sell and buy these high-ticket boats would prefer there would be no regulation - or as little as possible, and thebill currently before the Minnesota Senate (SF 3624)would largely let the industry self-regulate.

But Chuck Becker of Safe Wakes for Minnesota Lakes says not so fast.  The group says the language in the bill is misleading, and they're concerned about the damage these boats can do to the lakes, habitate, and personal property, not to mention swimmers, kayakers and canoers.

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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