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"This makes no sense; we have to change it."

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At first blush, it's pretty easy to imagine what a group called We Walk in Duluth talked about at their advocacy and social hour this week.

But here's something you might not know: the City's of Duluth's policy on snow removal on their website and the way snow removal is actually handled in the city bear little resemblance to one another.  As a result,  snow removal by city residents is pretty much whatever you want to do - or don't.

Here's something else you might not know: in some neighborhoods in Duluth, up to 30% of the people there don't have cars.  Which means they're depending on clear sidewalks to get where they need to go.

So when you scratch the surface of this snow-removal issue, there are all kinds of layers - and implications - for everything from how state money is spent, how and where snow-removal dollars and priorities are allocated, and how projects need to be reimagined to take walking, biking and public transit into account with an eye toward environmental responsibility.

More information about We Walk In Duluth is available here on their Facebook page.

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(In Sweden, they took a new look at government services using something called "gender-balanced budgeting."  The conclusion?  More women and children walk than drive, so walkways and bike paths get cleared before streets. You can read the article here:)

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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