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Marie T. Johnson

A writer, editor and mom of four (two kids, two dogs), Marie's been in the newspaper business for over 20 years. She started at the Detroit Lakes Tribune in 2017 after working just down the road at the Perham Focus for several years. Before that, she was at the Herald-Review in Grand Rapids, Minn.

"I have a passion for storytelling and believe every person and every place has a valuable story to tell," she says.

Marie graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a degree in journalism. She lives in Detroit Lakes with her husband, Dan, their two young kiddos, Simon and Josephine, and dogs Snug (the pug) and Lou, the yellow Lab.


The shared newsroom has been restructured, as of Jan. 1, to offer more responsibilities and promotions to existing staff, and a new, additional full-time reporter will be joining the team later this month.
During the Detroit Lakes City Council meeting on Jan. 11, Detroit Lakes Police Chief Steven Todd received a Silver Award from Officer Magazine, a national law enforcement trade publication, for the design and construction of the new Detroit Lakes Police Station. Also at the meeting, three separate donations were made to the Detroit Lakes Fire Department totaling $13,500.
The following is a letter to the editor (this one was actually addressed to the Publisher and entire staff at the Detroit Lakes Tribune) submitted to the Tribune by a reader. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the Detroit Lakes Tribune. To submit a letter, email News Editor Nathan Bowe at or mail it to Detroit Lakes Tribune, 511 Washington Avenue, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501.
Celeste Koppe, Mark Kaelke, Lisa Turner and Deb Raasch have been hired to cover the areas of community planning, operations and accounting.
Crews were called out to a house on Hubble Pond Road, just north of Frazee, at about 2 a.m. Wednesday.
Smith died Dec. 15, 2021, of an illness obtained from line of duty service. He dedicated 14 years to law enforcement, serving with the Perham, New York Mills, and Wadena police departments and the Wadena County Sheriff’s Office.
Dr. Thomas Seaworth, who lives in Detroit Lakes and currently practices at Perham Health's New York Mills clinic, has been awarded the prestigious SSgt. Andrew P. Nelson Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service.
The annual Nordic Christmas Dinner is coming up at the Vining Community Center on Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 5:30 p.m.
God is not a genie in a bible, so it’s not like you pray or say a scripture and you’re fixed. What changes you is trusting what God says in the word, because he’s the word himself. It’s resting in what he promises.
A staff and family picnic was held at the Detroit Lakes Pavilion in mid-August, hosted by Essentia Health's senior leadership and featuring food, games and more.