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Dana Johnson wanted a dreamy, film-like visual effect in the documentary, and turned convention upside by down by relying exclusively on DSLR cameras to shoot “My Way Back Home: Caroline Smith.’’ (Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny)

Willmar, Minn., grad produces Pioneer TV’s Emmy-winning documentary

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Dana Johnson said goodbye to Los Angeles and London and came home to Willmar and western Minnesota to launch her career in video production.


Two years later, she knows how lucky she is to have started here in the first place.

“From here everything is a journey, and journeys really build who you are,’’ said Johnson.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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