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Michael Johnson

Editor

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

Breaking News
Verndale area saw brunt of damage with 94 mph winds reported. Power lines are still down and people are encouraged to stay away from these areas.
You may see rocks just laying around and think, “I can make something of that.” While a small project might be worth a DIY, larger projects can quickly drive homeowners in over their heads and with less than desirable endings.
LaDuke faces charges of trespassing and refusal to leave the site of the Line 3 pipeline construction along with 6 others.
Wadena County, just like the whole state, is seeing values increase and it can be a little alarming to see on your property tax statement.
The journey for chef Martin Schmidlin to arrive in America with his family was difficult but worthwhile.
And the kids were fed, too.
Authorities continue to ask for help in gathering any information about what may have happened to Carla Beth Anderson, who disappeared 34 years ago.
Authorities continue to ask for help in gathering any information about what may have happened to Carla Beth Anderson, who disappeared 34 years ago.
19 vehicles were part of the procession that honored New York Mills Police Officer Ron Smith as it passed through Wadena on Thursday, Dec. 16. Smith died Wednesday, Dec. 15, following a battle with COVID-19.
The injuries were non-life threatening and parties were taken to Tri-County Health Care.