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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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Rural Detroit Lakes man part of an effort to bring 250 miles of trails to tri-state area.
Cases of RSV declined during the COVID-19 pandemic, but as pre-pandemic behaviors become the norm again, cases of RSV are returning to normal.
County board to weigh information before deciding on proposed moratorium of THC product sales.
Last June, Rochelle Christianson adopted Prince. Shortly thereafter, he was diagnosed with FOXG1 syndrome, which impairs development, causes structural brain abnormalities and is so rare that it affects less than 1,000 people worldwide.
When Jim Kratzke decided to pursue making signs and potentially selling them, he did so with three goals in mind. First, the product needed to withstand weather conditions year-round. Second, the sign needed to be reasonably priced and lastly, it needed to be animated.
A chance encounter convinced Tracy Peachmann of Detroit Lakes to reclaim her life — and her hearing.
Jackie Engel tags 500-pound bear in Otter Tail County
Perham resident is working to bringing wife, baby to the U.S.
Duston Steeke, 17, of Detroit Lakes, underwent a major open heart surgery that required moving his aortic valve to his pulmonary valve, and replacing the pulmonary valve with a donated one. His parents were told the operation would take five hours, and recovery would take five to 10 days. “The surgery lasted 18½ hours,” his dad said. “It was horrible. It was the longest day of our lives.”
Family thankful for support from family, friends and strangers