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22 years of inspiring and folksy: "this is the culture of this event"

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For 22 years, people who want to learn more about how government works, about the people we elect to work for us, and how to effect change gather at the end of January in the lower level of the First United Methodist Church.

They wander around before the workshop begins, munching bagels and clutching cups of coffee, chatting with old friends and, as often as not, being interrupted and introduced to someone new.

At the Citizens in Action workshop, two things are valued: what you know and who you know.  And organizers want to make sure everyone has plenty of access to knowledge and introductions.

Registration for the event is free, but they need a head count (so they don't run out of bagels). More information and the registration form is 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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