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Green Visions: Get off me - and my little dog, too - pond scum!


Once the ice is out, we get a few weeks of beautiful blue (albeit cold) water - then comes algae season.

While not all algae - or even all cyanobacteria - is toxic, given the right conditions a lot of it is.

And that means swimmers and water-loving dogs need to know what to look for - and stay away from.

This link to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's website has great information on what to look for, possible harmful effects, and to whom you should report an algal bloom. The Minnesota Department of Health also has some helpful information here on  the MDH's Harmful Algal Bloom web page.

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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