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"How normal is that?" First tenant of Center City tiny house is finding life ... normal. Finally.

On that warm, sunny Saturday a few weeks ago, Rick Klun stopped by to visit the resident of Center City's first tiny house.

The woman, who had been homeless for ten years and living in a shelter, was entertaining her daughter, and the pair had plans to head up the shore to pick agates.

"How normal is that?" marvels Klun, the executive director of Center City Housing.  Thanks to an in-house contest from Wagner Zaun Architecture - and the resulting design, Center City and volunteer labor built the 28-by-12 foot house in Duluth's Central Hillside.  And Klun is excited.  Whether options for future tiny houses are stick-built, as this one was;  refurbished shipping containers or an entire micro-house village, Klun hopes there may be hope on the horizon for housing the single adults in the Northland who are without homes.

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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