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Hokey smokes! Laura Erickson gets an award from the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union

©Michael P. Geraci. Used with permission

Laura Erickson, longtime KUMD volunteer and creator of For The Birds, has been honored with the 2020 Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union’s Thomas Sadler Roberts Award.

The award, considered the MOU's lifetime achievement award, was given to Erickson “For outstanding contributions to Minnesota ornithology and birding.”

For the Birds debuted on KUMD in the spring of 1986 and Laura has been producing it on a volunteer basis for almost 35 years.

You can see the video of Laura's award presentation here, as well as the video of Hawk Ridge's John Richardson introducing Frank Nicoletti, longtime Banding Director/Spring Count Director at Hawk Ridge and the winner of the 2020 Brother Theodore Volker Award.

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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