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MN man accused of following woman, girl for more than 20 miles
Ms. Simplicity: Gift-giving during a health crisis
Trump's proposed budget wouldn't affect local Meals on Wheels
Animal shelter opens in rural Pequot Lakes - Babinski's dream is a reality
Crosslake church to host bluegrass concert Sunday
Dahlberg earns all-state honorable mention
Minnesota State Boys Basketball Tournament -- Thursday roundup
Watch: MN team wins with half-court heave
Wild draft pick Kunin inks 3-year deal
Twins' Puerto Ricans rejoin camp
Barbara "Barb" A. Berg
Peter A. Smude
Thousands share their charm in Crosslake
Pages from the Past - March 23, 2017
Card games: March 20, 2017
Senior Menus: March 20-24, 2017
Pages from the Past-March 19, 2017
Hoops on Hops: Delve into the wide range of beer books
American wines are gaining in popularity
From the Lefthand Corner: Health care assurance, not health care insurance
Vogt's Notes: A conflicted time of life
Minding Our Elders: Family members may feel guilty about missing the passing
letters to the editor
Births-March 12, 2017
February 3, 2017
Tick tock: When did I fall off life's perfect timeline?
Before the internet, engagement and baby announcements traveled — tactfully — by word-of-mouth, a formal notification via snail...
February 3, 2017 - 10:09am
December 16, 2016
Last Windrow: Fruitcake for Christmas
I like fruitcake. The gift that just keeps on giving, as Eddie said in "Christmas Vacation." I'm kind of tired of the lame jokes made about this holiday delicacy. I've heard my share of lutefisk jokes up here in the north country, but fruitcake jokes come in a close second. Comedians...
December 16, 2016 - 10:56pm
November 23, 2016
Vogt's Notes: Reviewing rules of road is always a smart move
Several weeks ago, I received that phone call every parent dreads and never wants: "Mom, I hit a deer!" The call came from my oldest daughter, and she was sobbing. Of course my mind raced as I tried to comprehend the situation. I think one of the first thoughts that quickly flitted...
November 23, 2016 - 3:04pm
November 22, 2016
The Last Windrow: Forest provides educational experience
A human can learn a lot from a squirrel. I'm writing this column looking out at a world of white. I mean really white! Last week's heavy snowstorm in northern Minnesota has snowmobilers cheering and snow-scoopers jeering. But so it goes up here where the glaciers only retreated a...
November 22, 2016 - 11:13am
November 16, 2016
Grim's Tales: Fear as a chance at empathy
I was contemplating the election results when it occurred to me that the tense division of this event posed a unique opportunity where we can experience the opposite - we can actually empathize. This is important because outside of the election we all have opinions on political topics,...
November 16, 2016 - 9:44am
July 6, 2016
Cheesehead Chatter: Summer woes equal summer fun
Summer is a busy time. Everyone always seems to be rushing around to event after event, trying to make the most of it. And that's great. Summer should be a time for fun-filled adventures. I think back to my summers during high school (not too terribly long ago) and remember them as...
July 6, 2016 - 1:38pm
June 14, 2016
Grim's Tales: Why internet helps our newspaper grow
With the advance of online media, it is common to hear predictions of the end of newspapers as we know them. Some of those predictions have already run out of time, and here newspapers still are today. There is, however, no denying that the internet changed newspapers. In some ways...
June 14, 2016 - 11:58pm
The Last Windrow: Dad's life lessons are still valid today
My dad passed away two years ago at the ripe age of 97. Father's Day is coming up and it got me to thinking of my dad and the lessons he passed on to me during my formative years. Most of his advice was given in a way that was not seen by me as preaching. He gave me examples of what...
June 14, 2016 - 11:44pm
June 8, 2016
Cheesehead Chatter: Welcome to adulthood
Editor's note: The Echo Journal welcomes Theresa Bourke as a staff writer. Theresa is a proud "cheesehead" who grew up in Marathon, a small town in central Wisconsin. A couple weeks ago, I hit the biggest milestone in my life thus far. After 17 years of sitting in various classrooms...
June 8, 2016 - 11:58am
July 17, 2015
Inside the Outdoors: Time Transforms One's Take on Wild Turkeys
On a recent drive to a lake destination, just as we were cresting a wooded hill, a pair of sharp eyes in the front passenger seat spotted a dark silhouette moving cautiously out of the tall grass bordering the road. An outstretched neck atop a large round body, terminating in a long,...
July 17, 2015 - 11:53am
July 13, 2015
Inside the Outdoors: No free lunch in maintaining outdoor opportunities
Most of us are familiar with the statement that "freedom isn't free;" meaning, that it has taken sacrifices of blood and lives and treasure to preserve our freedoms. Another truism, one that strikes close to home for those who value opportunities to hunt, fish and enjoy the wilder...
July 13, 2015 - 4:45pm
November 25, 2014
Inside the Outdoors: Congress can improve image with duck stamp vote
Though the official end to the 2014 Minnesota duck season has not yet arrived, winter weather has, and has chased all but a handful of the hardiest ducks beyond our state's borders. A few are still to be found on stretches of our major rivers that have been kept open by moving w...
November 25, 2014 - 11:25am
November 19, 2014
Director's Notes: A primer on Minnesota's charter schools
On a fairly regular basis, I provide information to our public on events and happenings at the Crosslake Community School, hoping to keep the area we serve informed of our student activities and the learning experiences here at Crosslake. It has occurred to me of late, however,...
November 19, 2014 - 4:11pm
October 16, 2014
Inside the Outdoors: Drifting Through the Driftless Area
My wife and I recently returned from a short road trip through Southeast Minnesota and Southwest Wisconsin, areas that are regional neighbors across the Mississippi River from one another. It was planned as a combination leaf-peeping and "escape" adventure between fishing and hunting...
October 16, 2014 - 3:08pm
September 26, 2014
Chef's Hat recipe: Italian Pork
4 teaspoons dried sage 2 teaspoons rosemary 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder 1 teaspoon Accent seasoning 1 2 1/2-pound boneless pork shoulder roast, trimmed and tied 2 cups milk 2 teaspoons cornstarch 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2...
September 26, 2014 - 1:56pm