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Mayor Emily Larson: "everybody is walking around with big, big burdens"

John Krumm, all rights reserved. Used with permission.

"Nothing that's happening now surprises me," says Duluth mayor Emily Larson.

She hastens to add that, that doesn't make it great, but it's not a surprise.

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz announced a "stay-at-home order"that will go into effect March 27 at 11:59pm and expire April 10 at 5:00pm. The idea is not to stop the coronavirus, just buy more time for medical personnel across the state to make preparations for the pandemic.

Larson says that here in Duluth, city leaders have been working for several weeks to insure that basic city services like utilities, water and public safety continue uninterrupted, and now they're working on providing care to the city's most vulnerable: seniors, folks experiencing homelessness, and people for whom a stay-at-home order means they're not safe.

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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