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.


Diagnosed in 2019 with severe diabetes, Jayne J. Jones, a 1992 Detroit Lakes High School graduate, has embraced a sugar-free lifestyle and is now making a name for herself as the "No Sugar Baker." Her fun online persona, food blogs and new book, โ€œThe No Sugar Bakerโ€™s Cookbook of Healthy Living and No Regrets," are drawing the attention of a growing number of fans.
Five guys who grew up together on Big Cormorant Lake have found YouTube stardom through their channel, CboysTV, launched in 2016. Headquartered at the edge of Cormorant Village, the "Cboys" โ€” CJ Lotzer, Ryan Iwerks, Ken Matthees, Ben Roth and Micah Sandman โ€” say they're working hard, playing hard, and still having fun, five years in.
Birthplace of Paul Bunyan
Come and go 'squatching'
The first city on the Mississippi
Gateway to Itasca
Where good things are always happening
A relaxing, rumbling railroad town
Gateway to the Paul Bunyan Forest
Source of the Mississippi River