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Barbie Porter


Reporter for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and the Perham Focus.

Barbie graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in both print journalism and photojournalism from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2006.

She appreciates each opportunity to share life stories and is working to enhance feature stories with video clips and improve her photography skills.

Outside of work, Barbie spends time with family, friends and her dogs: Masuba and Jebediah. Her pastimes include writing novels and lyrics. In recent years she wrote for a Canadian musician. She is also always up for a game of chess.

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Jose Muzquiz raised two children with his wife, Laura, welcomed six grandchildren and lived a life rich in love and dedicated to God, Laura said. He also mentored many people in the Detroit Lakes area in Tae Kwon Do and mixed martial arts.
Charlie Murdock was waiting with his dad and brother as a turkey performed a “sneak attack” on the blind they were in. The oddity only added to the memorable day when the 11-year-old used the opportunity to bag his first turkey.
About 696 acres in Otter Tail County were approved for land easements with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Izabella “Asher” Garcia died in late April, at age 14. Her family hopes her story will encourage other kids and teens to speak out about their own mental health struggles and prevent other families from having to endure the kind of pain they're going through.
Doctors in Fargo had given Ben Lindquist a 10-30% chance of waking up. He's alive today, his wife Melissa says, thanks in no small part to the "training and quick action" of local emergency responders.
Normally the employment contract for county engineers is for four years, but an exception was made since longtime Otter Tail County Engineer Chuck Grotte is preparing to retire.
The Dora Township acreage will provide public land and recreational opportunities in an area that is otherwise dominated by private land. The property has been acquired from a private owner by Ducks Unlimited and will be transferred to the DNR.
The Perham Schiller's House will be located at 131 East Main Street, where Hair Haven used to be, and could open as soon as next month depending on how quickly the remodeling project goes.