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, “The No Sugar Baker’s Cookbook of Healthy Living and No Regrets," are drawing the attention of a growing number of fans.
Source of the Mississippi River
There's lots to do for the family in Carlton County.
“If telling my story helps people, or helps one person, feel like they’re not alone; or helps one person reach out for help, that’s enough for me,” Chloe Abraham says. “That’s plenty. Because you’re never alone. For two years, I was the loneliest person in the world and I was surrounded by people. But I didn’t know that I wasn’t alone. There are so many support systems out there.”
As the volunteer coordinator for Volunteer DL, Beth Pridday has spent countless unpaid hours over the past three months taking and fulfilling requests for deliveries of food, medications and other needed items during the COVID-19 pandemic. People who call in are mostly senior citizens and vulnerable adults with underlying health conditions.