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Mildred Johnson, in the earlier days of her career as a lawyer and advocate for education. Forum News Service photo

Perham woman reflects on career as one of North Dakota’s first female lawyers

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Mildred Johnson’s life began in the small prairie town of Tolna, N.D.

“Well actually, it was Mayville,” the 95-year-old says.


In January of 1918, with no roads open, her mother, Louise Burns, took the train 14 miles to Mayville to wait 10 days until Mildred’s birth.

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Marie Johnson
Marie Johnson (formerly Nitke) came to the Perham Focus after several years as the Education and Arts & Entertainment Editor at the Herald-Review of Grand Rapids, Minn. She lives in rural Ottertail with her husband, Dan, and their spunky yellow lab, Louisa.
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