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May 22, 2017
Pine River-Backus senior Tia Ford recently was recognized by the National Joint Powers Alliance as a Rising Star. This recognition is due to her perserverence in the face of a difficult year.
Faces: Asking for help kept a hard year from getting worse for Ford
May 22, 2017 - 5:00am
May 15, 2017
Sierra Tallman, a Pine River-Backus High School senior, prospered academically in the face of sometimes unsteady living conditions. For this, the National Joint Powers Alliance honored her as a Rising Star, an honor given to students who have not always been recognized among their classmates. Travis Grimler/Echo Journal
Rising Star: Tallman's focus on school pays off
May 15, 2017 - 5:00am
Megan Ament (left), senior at Pequot Lakes High School, poses at Relay for Life with her English teacher, Catherine Stampe (middle), and friend, Maria Brown. Ament was awarded the Rising Star award this year.
Rising Star: Ament recognized for perseverance, determination despite loss
May 15, 2017 - 4:00am
May 7, 2017
Deacon Mike Knuth, of Pequot Lakes, recently had his writing published in "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Random Acts of Kindness." Theresa Bourke/Echo Journal
Lake Country Faces: Local deacon becomes published author
May 7, 2017 - 8:00am
April 22, 2017
Toni Buchite retired March 31 after serving as liquor manager in Fifty Lakes for 32 years. Submitted Photo
Liquor manager calls it quits: Toni Buchite retires after 37 years with city of Fifty Lakes
April 22, 2017 - 4:30am
April 4, 2017
Pine River Mayor Tamara Hansen cares for young children when not busy caring for taxpayers.
Lake Country Faces: Hansen never planned to be mayor
April 4, 2017 - 2:23pm
March 5, 2017
Theresa Bourke/Echo Journal
Chanel Gangestad (left), Erica Trafas and Shaylee Schei teach at Nisswa School for their first jobs out of college.
New teachers learn the ropes at Nisswa School
March 5, 2017 - 7:52pm
February 25, 2017
Zach Broom, originally from Backus, is now the youth pastor at Pequot Lakes Baptist Church.
Lake Country Faces: Backus native becomes youth pastor at Pequot Lakes Baptist Church
February 25, 2017 - 8:06pm
February 19, 2017
Nancy Vogt/Echo Journal
Kevin Egan, originally from Chicago, is the new mayor of Lake Shore.
Lake Country Faces: Egan embraces role as Lake Shore mayor
February 19, 2017 - 8:39pm
February 3, 2017
After many years of helping those who come to Pine River City Hall, Clerk-Treasurer Wanda Mongan is retiring to spend more time with her husband, children and many grandchildren. Travis Grimler/Echo Journal
Mongan starts countdown to Granny Daycare - Pine River city clerk to retire
February 3, 2017 - 4:26pm
January 29, 2017
Submitted Photo
Newly elected Manhattan Beach city clerk/treasurer Amy Wannebo hopes to give back to her community through her new role. Wannebo lives in Manhattan Beach with her husband, Seth, and their two children.
Lake Country Faces: City clerk/treasurer continues family tradition
January 29, 2017 - 9:00pm
January 20, 2017
Paul Dorweiler, of Crosslake, shows off a couple of the micro planes he has built. Model airplanes have been a hobby of Dorweiler's for 70 years. Theresa Bourke/Echo Journal
Model airplanes are Crosslake man's hobby for 70 years: Dorweiler has high hopes for micro airplane club
January 20, 2017 - 8:26pm
January 15, 2017
Nancy Adams relaxes at her home on East Twin Lake in Pequot Lakes. After a two-year hiatus, Adams begins a fourth term as Pequot Lakes mayor. Nancy Vogt/Echo Journal
Faces: Adams embraces tasks to improve Pequot Lakes - Retired educator begins fourth term as mayor
January 15, 2017 - 10:00am
January 4, 2017
Theresa Bourke/Echo Journal
New Crosslake Mayor Patty Norgaard has been a member of the Crosslake community for 11 years and has served the city through her work with Light Up the Dam, the Minnesota Design Team and the EDA, among other activities.
From community volunteer to mayor: Norgaard begins first term with Crosslake City Council
January 4, 2017 - 10:38am
December 28, 2016
Submitted Photo Heather Feinberg and her sister, Aleshia Mueller, attend the Atlanta Film Festival for "Santa's Boot Camp."
Lake Country Faces: Silver screen siblings hail from Backus - Sisters have hand in 'Santa's Boot Camp'
December 28, 2016 - 10:38pm