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Rebecca Mitchell

Multimedia Reporter

Rebecca Mitchell is a Multimedia Reporter for the Wadena Pioneer Journal and Perham Focus. She loves capturing local stories through words, photos and videos, and providing resources for the community.

While long loving journalism, Rebecca started her Minnesota journey in November 2019. She specializes in education, feature and health reporting. She says it's great to have the opportunity to enjoy life through a camera lens and by interviewing people.

In 2021, Rebecca received the Dave Pyle New Journalist Award (third place) from the Minnesota Newspaper Association. She received second place for a social issues story in 2022.

Rebecca graduated with a journalism degree from Biola University in 2019 after working with her college newspaper as managing editor, news editor and features editor. She was also the editor-in-chief and web content editor for her college magazine. She interned as a photographer and social media manager with various non-profits to raise awareness on housing needs and helping to end human trafficking.

Outside of the news world, she likes shopping local, visiting state parks, watching movies and helping lead an online church group.

Rebecca hopes to listen to and share your stories well! If you've got a story idea or someone you think the Pioneer Journal should feature, send her an email at or give her a call at 218-631-2561.

Wadena City Library branch manager Renee Frethem said she’s “really super excited” about the additional community offerings at the new location.
Thank you for allowing me to listen to and share your stories.
Students had the option of wearing their pajamas to school for $1 on April 14, and raised $6,000 along with matching funds from the Princess Warrior Foundation.
About 200 students in ninth to 12th grade joined 35 teams to complete 114 projects.
A group of 25 semifinalists advanced before the group was again narrowed to 11 finalists. The Minnesota Teacher of the Year will be announced on May 1 at the 58th annual banquet. Becker is excited to join in celebration as well as receive an award alongside fellow nominees.
County engineer Darin Fellbaum said the assistant county engineer position would help fill two positions with one person based on his skills. A senior technician position, which includes working on bridge inspections, would not be filled since Maule can receive his bridge inspection certificate in about two years.
Commissioners Jon Kangas and Murlyn Kreklau shared their ideas at length during the April work session and commissioner Bill Stearns suggested specific parameters in a list on April 19.
The current mail room is in the employee break area. The new space will adjoin with the auditor-treasurer’s office, who work with the mail especially during elections. The project will cost about $20,000; it is unclear if the cost includes labor.
The budget committee will review the requests before approval.
Districts 1,3, 4 and 5 will be on the 2022 ballot. Districts 1, 3 and 5 were already due for four-year term elections this year; district 4 will be a two-year term.