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Green Visions: keeping us in the dark is better for us all

Copyright Bob King. Used with permission.

At least, when it comes to dark skies, that is.

Northlanders probably remember the first time they stepped out of the tent in the middle of the night and saw the stars hanging right in the treetops, close enough to touch.

But Cynthia Lapp of Starry Skies Lake Superior says 80% of people in the country only see a few stars.

The lack of dark skies isn't just an issue for skywatchers; light pollution affects insects, birds, fish and pollinators.  Not to mention the more white/blue LED lights we're exposed to, the less melatonin we make and that messes with the sleep of human beings.

But there are options - and for one of them, we have sea turtles to thank.

Find out more about Starry Skies Lake Superior, including their month of celebrations, at their website.

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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