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"Entrepreneurship sparks a passion in our youth, and they're going to need that"

Credit Maude Dornfeld/Life House
Life House's new Annex will house workshop, storefront and classroom space

The young people who Duluth's Life House serves - either the 150 currently in residence or the other 145 on the waiting list to get in - aren't just kids who don't want to observe curfew or make their beds.

In most instances, they've been forced out of their homes by violence, abuse, or poverty.

By the time they hit 21, though, Life House's Maude Dornfeld says "the lightbulb goes on" that they need an education to get off and stay off the streets.

And that's where the new Annex space, next to their building on West 1st Street comes in.

The ribbon cutting and open house for the Annex will be held this afternoon (October 22) from 3:30-5:30pm.

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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