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Rebecca Mitchell

Multimedia Reporter

Rebecca Mitchell is a Multimedia Reporter for the Wadena Pioneer Journal and Perham Focus. She loves capturing local stories through words, photos and videos, and providing resources for the community.

While long loving journalism, Rebecca started her Minnesota journey in November 2019. She specializes in education, feature and health reporting. She says it's great to have the opportunity to enjoy life through a camera lens and by interviewing people.

In 2021, Rebecca received the Dave Pyle New Journalist Award (third place) from the Minnesota Newspaper Association. She received second place for a social issues story in 2022.

Rebecca graduated with a journalism degree from Biola University in 2019 after working with her college newspaper as managing editor, news editor and features editor. She was also the editor-in-chief and web content editor for her college magazine. She interned as a photographer and social media manager with various non-profits to raise awareness on housing needs and helping to end human trafficking.

Outside of the news world, she likes shopping local, visiting state parks, watching movies and helping lead an online church group.

Rebecca hopes to listen to and share your stories well! If you've got a story idea or someone you think the Pioneer Journal should feature, send her an email at or give her a call at 218-631-2561.

As the Perham School District shifts out of the COVID-19 pandemic era, it is shifting staff to meet new enrollment needs and planning to increase mental health services for students.
As fishing fans wait to embark on the open water, “The Gathering” — billed as the world's largest fish decoy show — temporarily satisfied their angling urges at the Perham Area Community Center this past weekend.
Perham jeweler RJ Dolan makes and sells jewelry through his growing business, Creations of RJ. His custom-made pieces range from rings to bracelets.
United Way of Otter Tail and Wadena counties also honored Perham's Central Market and KLN Family Brands for their service.
Solar for Schools is designed to provide incentives for installation of solar energy systems on Minnesota public K-12 schools as well as state colleges and universities, according to a Minnesota Department of Commerce news release. The grants cover 25 to 95% of the project cost.
John Powers of Applied Insights North said the enrollment will have “a jig and a jog” upward over the years.
Skills students develop in FFA become lifelong lessons they carry with them into their careers. Students agree they have gained more confidence as their involvement in FFA grew.
A 2021 study by European researchers notes the hours of media consumption for children increases with their age. The average for 8-year-olds was 4 hours and 28 minutes a day and the average for 12-year-olds was 8 hours and 14 minutes. Social media use is recommended at 30 minutes per day.
The start of a “wonderful” mother and daughter time began when Dr. Ciarrin Covington-Sailer was five years old, though she officially joined as a veterinarian in September 2021.
The Perham girls basketball team is headed to the final four of the Section 8-2A tournament after a 71-65 win over Roseau.