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Michael Johnson


Michael Johnson joined the Wadena Pioneer Journal in 2018 as the editor. He grew up on a dairy farm north of Verndale, Minn., where he raised cattle, pigs, ducks and renowned sweet corn.

He previously worked for the Barnesville Record Review and Clay County Historical Society out of Barnesville, Minn.; reported for the Gillette News Record in Gillette, Wyo.; served as editor of the Leader-News in Washburn, ND and the Underwood News in Underwood, ND; covered outdoor news for the Brainerd Dispatch as the community editor in Brainerd, Minn., and after a brief escape from the deadlines of newspapers came back as a reporter for the Wadena Pioneer Journal and Perham Focus, before an opportunity to serve as the editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal in 2018, where he remains today.

He covers everything from sports, outdoors, government, education, crime, gardening, business, health, faith and whatever else people want to talk about.

Aside from work, he enjoys the outdoors, spending time with family, meeting with Rotary members and serving as a Sunday School teacher at a local church.
You can usually find him at the Wadena office at 322 Jefferson Street S. Or contact him at mjohnson@wadenapj.com or 218-631-2561.
Follow him on Facebook @wadenapj.

Pronouns: He/him
Languages: English

My time with the Pioneer Journal has been very rewarding and filled to the brim with what makes this place tick.
You can now go explore the trail as it starts off of Seventh Street SE.
Business owners are eager to be heard concerning access ideas.
The hunting will be open in select private or public areas of the city to limited numbers of hunters. Read and follow the ordinance well prior to embarking on a hunt.
Renovations bring updated amenities while holding onto the art deco charm of Wadena's theatre.
The new ordinance requires vehicles be parked on odd numbered side of street on odd numbered days and even numbered addresses on even days. This applies to parking from midnight to 7 a.m.
This murder-mystery may have cast members dropping like flies, but it's not without lots of laughs. Performances are at 7 p.m. on Nov. 17, 18 and 19 in Memorial Auditorium.
Three were elected out of a field of five.
Mike Carr, Jr., defeated Milo Scott 72.7% to 27.2%.
A voter had concerns that the election staff were attempting to track who voted and how.