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Pineandlakes Echo Journal
Prison work program helps preserve historic southern Minnesota church
Capitol Chatter: Minimum wage automatically heads up
During the solar eclipse, animals will be confused
9-year-old boy dies after UTV rollover accident in Douglas County, Minn.
Mezzenga Carlson celebration of life set Saturday
Twins activate former All-Star closer Perkins
Danecdotes: Practice begins for area fall sports
Vikings kicker, punter positions up for grabs yet
Vikings QB Sam Bradford opens up on faith, trust and drowning out the intrigue
Injuries strike Vikings offensive line again
Richard Wayne Gravdahl
Jesse Elmer Lodermeier
Carl J. (Corky) Smith
Curtis W. Smith
Crosslake offers something for everyone Aug. 12
The endless summer
Pages from the Past - Aug. 18, 2017
Last duck race of season is today
SOLO to play Saturday in Pequot Lakes park
Letter to the editor: Leave the memorial be
From the Lefthand Corner: Trump's downward slide
Supporting a free press
Vogt's Notes: Imagine a day without local news
Try a new twist on zucchini with 'zoodles'
letters to the editor
Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center, Brainerd, births
Spike & Karen Wales
Cole Richard Sifferath
Robert and Susan (Gregg) House
August 5, 2017
The Cracker Barrel: Midsummer magic
Anyone who's lived in the woods for more than a year or two is familiar with the magic of midsummer. The magic is made of a mixture of all sorts of things. The temperature, for starters. In midsummer the warmth of midday nudges you toward water. A swim, a ride in the boat, maybe a...
August 5, 2017 - 5:30am
July 8, 2017
The Cracker Barrel: Unexpected delight
Recently my wife and I drove south to Winona for a family get-together. As expected, we had a lot of fun catching up with cousins and others we hadn't seen for a long time. We all stayed at the same motel, had our own meeting room for meals and crafts and puzzles and general palaver,...
July 8, 2017 - 7:00am
June 24, 2017
The Cracker Barrel: 'On Being Human'
Rummaging through the shelves for something good to read I came across a book I hadn't seen in many years: "On Being Human," by Ashley Montagu. "On Being Human" is a small book, a mere 118 pages. But those pages are packed with the kind of ideas that make your mind crackle and spark...
June 24, 2017 - 8:30am
June 10, 2017
The Cracker Barrel: The year of the boat
I grew up about 50 miles north of Chicago, surrounded by lakes. The name of the county was Lake. Our little village was called Long Lake, as was the body of water around which it sprawled. Chamber of commerce brochures stressed the interconnectedness of our famous Chain O' Lakes -...
June 10, 2017 - 8:00am
May 13, 2017
The Cracker Barrel: Consider the broccoli
It never ceases to astonish me. For nearly half a century we've been burying little seeds in the ground in springtime, and most of the time they...
May 13, 2017 - 6:30am
April 30, 2017
The Cracker Barrel: A city that might have been
A month ago, while vacationing in Florida, my wife and I learned of a planned new community northeast of Fort Myers, not far from where we were...
April 30, 2017 - 5:00am
April 16, 2017
The Cracker Barrel: Our place
It's been nearly 50 years since the United States celebrated the first Earth Day. Earth Day was the brainchild of former Wisconsin Sen. Gaylord...
April 16, 2017 - 5:00am
March 3, 2017
Cracker Barrel: John Steinbeck
One hundred and fifteen years ago this week, in the sleepy California village of Salinas, John Steinbeck was born. Sixty years later he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Six years after that, he died. He left behind a legacy of writing that continues to fascinate readers...
March 3, 2017 - 10:40pm
February 21, 2017
The Cracker Barrel: Paying attention
It's gotten to be an epidemic. The polite word for it is multi-tasking. Put another way, it means you're perpetually distracted. No wonder it's...
February 21, 2017 - 10:10pm
February 7, 2017
The Cracker Barrel: Grandpa's trunk
In our house, off to one end of the dining room table sits an old wooden trunk. The trunk is clearly handmade, though its form is shapely and...
February 7, 2017 - 10:16pm
January 20, 2017
The Cracker Barrel: A little secret
Let's start with the obvious: Life isn't always easy. Nor, as we learn along the way, is it always fair. Matter of fact, it's often unfair. You try your best to be a decent person, mindful of the rights and needs of others, careful not to lose your temper, respectful of the idea that...
January 20, 2017 - 7:55pm
January 9, 2017
The Cracker Barrel: Points to ponder
Dear Reader: As we start our way into a brand new year I offer the following quotes, culled from the collection I've been gathering over the years, in the hope that some may strike a spark of insight or provoke a smile. "Predictions are hard, especially about the future." - Yogi Berra...
January 9, 2017 - 10:04pm
December 24, 2016
The Cracker Barrel: A sufficiency of goosebumps
Given the recent run of cold temperatures, I got to thinking about goosebumps, and did a bit of research. The first thing I found is that the stimulus of cold surroundings causes the tiny muscles attached to each of our hair follicles to contract. This contraction causes the hair...
December 24, 2016 - 9:41am
November 28, 2016
The Cracker Barrel: Bryson's 'Notes'
In 1995, an American writer named Bill Bryson published a book titled "Notes From a Small Island." The island of the title is Britain, where Bryson lived for nearly two decades before deciding to move back to the United States. Part love letter, part caustic reprimand, "Notes" is...
November 28, 2016 - 9:01am
October 31, 2016
Cracker Barrel: Creatures of the flame
Over the past century and a half, since the concept of evolution arose and students of mankind's past began theorizing about what sets us apart from the other higher primates, many ideas have been put forward. The unfinished sentence "Homo sapiens are the only animal that ..." has...
October 31, 2016 - 8:50am