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Parents for Healthy Playgrounds say "scrap the tires" at Duluth grade schools

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The debate over crumb rubber mulch has arrived in Duluth.

NBC News broke the story almost two years ago: a soccer coach at the University of Washington tracked 38 American soccer players -- 34 of them goalies - who've been diagnosed with cancer. Part of the debate involves questions about scientific studies including what's being looked at and how ... but the other part of the issue has been the refusal of the Environmental Protection Agency, in particular, to conduct further studies.

Here in Duluth, parents at Congdon Park Elementary  said no to rubber mulch on the playground, but the shredded tire material was installed at Myers-Wilkins Elementary.

And parents are particularly concerned about the safety of little kids ... because little kids have a tendency to put things in their mouths.

You can find out more about elementary schools in Duluth using scrap tire mulch at the website of Duluth Parents for Healthy Playgrounds.

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.