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"Be patient - but don't wait" Mixed messages, COVID-19 funding and some good news

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The good news is that a second round of PPP (Paycheck Protection Program) funding for small businesses opened Monday.

The bad news is that some of the same problems - like an overloaded system - are still being experienced.

Some more good news is that St. Louis County announced this morning it's been allocated over $2 million dollars in special allocations from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and if there's a little bad news mixed in, like uncertainty about how the money needs to be spent ... well, let's just focus on the good news for a little.

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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