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Barbie Porter


Reporter for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and the Perham Focus.

Barbie graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in both print journalism and photojournalism from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2006.

She appreciates each opportunity to share life stories and is working to enhance feature stories with video clips and improve her photography skills.

Outside of work, Barbie spends time with family, friends and her dogs: Masuba and Jebediah. Her pastimes include writing novels and lyrics. In recent years she wrote for a Canadian musician. She is also always up for a game of chess.

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Changes in storytelling techniques, technology and much more have shaped and defined the Detroit Lakes Tribune for the past 150 years, but the paper’s mission and values have largely stayed the same.
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The school held its 2022 prom this past Saturday, May 7.
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