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.


Roller skating was all the rage, and Perham celebrated 125 years.
The shared newsroom has been restructured, as of Jan. 1, to offer more responsibilities and promotions to existing staff, and a new, additional full-time reporter will be joining the team later this month.
Minnesota State Troopers have responded to approximately 6,916 vehicles that have slid off the highway in 2021 and needed assistance.
Krista Decker, 30, of Wadena and Dennis Fronning, 47, of Battle Lake collided head-on at the Highway 29 and 620th Avenue intersection around 12:30 a.m. Both individuals had non-life-threatening injuries, according to the Minnesota State Patrol crash report.
Crime was at a high, and the Perham girls basketball team dominated their competition.
A number of students from around the Perham area are on M State's most recent President's List and Dean's List.
Prairie Wind Middle School was filling fast, the Perham library's construction project was moving along, and other top headlines from Perham's past.
With all the recent snowfall, the crew's been very busy lately.
Nominations for the 2022 Perham Chamber Choice Awards are being accepted now through January 31.
A general rule of thumb to follow is, if the outdoor temperature is too cold or too hot for a human to be comfortable, it’s too cool or hot for your four-footed family members, too.