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.


Minnesota State Troopers have responded to approximately 6,916 vehicles that have slid off the highway in 2021 and needed assistance.
The campaign started Nov. 24 and runs through New Year's Eve. More than 300 law enforcement agencies throughout the state are working together to get drunk drivers off the road.
This editorial was originally published in the Park Rapids Enterprise newspaper, a sister paper to the Wadena Pioneer Journal; both papers are owned by Forum Communications Company. It was written by the Park Rapids Enterprise Editorial Board.
Diagnosed in 2019 with severe diabetes, Jayne J. Jones, a 1992 Detroit Lakes High School graduate, has embraced a sugar-free lifestyle and is now making a name for herself as the "No Sugar Baker." Her fun online persona, food blogs and new book, “The No Sugar Baker’s Cookbook of Healthy Living and No Regrets," are drawing the attention of a growing number of fans.
SCORE is a partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration and has more than 320 offices and 10,000 volunteers in communities across the country. It offers free, confidential one-on-one mentoring services to aspiring entrepreneurs, along with other valuable resources like workshops and webinars.
Five guys who grew up together on Big Cormorant Lake have found YouTube stardom through their channel, CboysTV, launched in 2016. Headquartered at the edge of Cormorant Village, the "Cboys" — CJ Lotzer, Ryan Iwerks, Ken Matthees, Ben Roth and Micah Sandman — say they're working hard, playing hard, and still having fun, five years in.
Where good things are always happening
A relaxing, rumbling railroad town
Source of the Mississippi River
Amber Schwarzrock is becoming a rising TikTok star as That Midwestern Mom, a good-humored woman with a sweet smile and even sweeter tooth. With her over-the-top Minnesota persona and knack for making dessert "salads that aren't really salads," Schwarzrock's number of followers on the famous video-sharing app has jumped from less than 1,000 just a few months ago to 55,000 today, and her videos have been viewed millions of times.