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Looking Back - Dec. 14, 2017

40 years ago - Dec. 15, 1977

(Photo) Santa's sled wouldn't start in the -30 degree temperatures on Saturday morning in Pine River. One little boy waiting for him was heard to say, "I sure hope this doesn't happen on Christmas."

(Photo) Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Swann of Crosslake opened the first savings account at the new branch of Lakeland State Bank with Myrt Schmidt.

30 years ago - Dec. 17, 1987

Lansin Hamilton of Brainerd, Hugh Hesse of Pequot Lakes, and Greg Lund of Menahga are this year's recipients of the annual Environmental Education Council's Environmental Quality Awards.

(Headline) Nationally known wildlife artist Cyndi Nelson shares works in Pine River

20 years ago - Dec. 18, 1997

(Headline) Breezy scores: Hockey arena plan wins council nod; crowd of 150 packs city hall

(Headline) Echo columnist Don Forsberg dies at 86: For 20 years, he brought readers to 'Sunnyside of the Street'

(Headline) Superintendent to leave Pine River post: School board has not renewed contract with Pat Flanagan

10 years ago - Dec. 20, 2007

(Headline) Telling people's stories through video: PR-B graduate Aleshia Mueller is documentary filmmaker

(Photo) Pequot Lakes teachers Barb Goode, Deanne Trottier, Larry Lightner, Nikki Stark and Tammy Dotty were honored at a recognition celebration Wednesday, Dec. 12.

-Compiled by Theresa Bourke, Staff Writer