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Cars, campers, tents, fish houses: no place for home

©Deb Holman/Street Outreach

"I help to support the establishments I have mentioned," said Scrooge, "they cost enough; and those who are badly off must go there."

"Many can't go there; and many would rather die."

- Charles Dickens, "A Christmas Carol"

Every January, St. Louis County undertakes a count of "unsheltered homeless": people living in places "not meant for human habitation."

The CHUM shelter in Duluth is often full to overflowing and there are only 12 beds available in northern St. Louis County.

The numbers for this year aren't available yet, but in  2017, there were 193 people and that number was up from 2016.

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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