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Former Twin Cities journalist killed in Wisconsin crash

Olivia Johnson was just 22 years old.
Olivia johnson

A journalist from the Twin Cities died on Saturday following a crash in Wisconsin.

Olivia Johnson, 22, was a passenger in a Honda Accord traveling west on State Highway 70 in Grantsburg Township when the driver, Micaela Schneider, also 22, lost control and swerved into the path of an oncoming semi-trailer.

Both Johnson, of St. Paul, and Schneider, of Plover, Wisconsin, were killed in the crash, according to the Burnett County Sheriff's Office.

Johnson was working as a city hall reporter for The News & Advance in Lynchburg, Virginia, at the time of her death.

Previously, she had worked as a reporter for the Minnesota Daily – the University of Minnesota's student-run newspaper – as well as interning for both the Pioneer Press and the Star Tribune.

According to her obituary, she graduated from the U of M in 2018 and spent some time in Paris working with outreach programs.

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"Olivia was passionate in all she did and even though her time on this earth was cut short, her passion for family, friends and those she met has created a lasting impression," the obituary reads.

"Olivia’s personal relationship and love for Jesus was the most important thing in her life. She followed His leading and calling for her life - from Minnesota to France to Virginia, continuing to show His love to every single person she met."

"Olivia was a wonderful journalist and human being," tweeted Star Tribune and former Pioneer Press reporter Ryan Faircloth. "We interned together at the Pioneer Press and were both editors at the Minnesota Daily. This is so heartbreaking."

Johnson is survived by her parents and her beloved sisters, Abbey and Emma.

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