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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

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