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Pineandlakes Echo Journal
Hackensack Chainsaw Event slated this Fri.-Sun.
Pequot Lakes Library: Learn about haunted places in Minnesota
Nisswa: City sewer system expansion addressed
PR-B/NASA event was out of this world - Students chat with astronaut aboard space station
Thunderstorms knock out trees, power for 1000s in area
Richter, a small town Minn. kid, recounts crazy day he committed to Gophers football program
Here's how Target Field becomes a football stadium
Women's Golf: Stone takes first for Augustana
Volleyball: Tigers take Barb Neprud Invite crown
Vikings fullback, Minnesota native Ham says 1-yard run solidifies NFL status
Wendell N. "Dell" Draves
Orlo Theodore Waldhoff
Aaron Joseph (Jeff) Aadland
Reminders: Sept. 21, 2017
About 80 people turn out to Run for Hope
Calendar of events: Sept. 21, 2017
Pages from the Past - Sept. 21, 2017
Chef's Hat: Use apples, pumpkin to bake festive fall breads
In a pickle over a side dish?
Wine evolution class also teaches basic appreciation
Grim's Tales: Veterans have been forgotten, but not for long
From the Lefthand Corner: Government is as good as we make it
The Last Windrow: We're entitled to one great dog
letters to the editor
Births - Aug. 27, 2017
September 17, 2017
The Cracker Barrel: The woods and us
We've lived in these parts, my wife and I, for some 52 years, north of Pine River for a decade, since then east of Pequot Lakes. When we started...
September 17, 2017 - 7:30am
September 2, 2017
The Cracker Barrel: Surprising numbers
A few weeks ago, my wife purchased a book by Jim Gilbert titled "Minnesota Nature Notes." According to the blurb on the back cover, Gilbert has been observing the changing Minnesota seasons for more than 30 years, and has done it "with the accuracy of a trained biologist and the rapt...
September 2, 2017 - 8:30am
August 22, 2017
The Cracker Barrel: A place for people
Like most Americans, I love cars. I've owned, enjoyed and occasionally cussed at my share of the critters. I learned how to drive in my parents' 1950 Studebaker, experienced the rock-solid safety of a '47 Hudson pickup truck and the wind-in-your-hair enchantment of a '53 MG-TD, and,...
August 22, 2017 - 7:30am
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 22, 2017
The Cracker Barrel: Lost in translation
I recently rediscovered a delightful review of a book by Charlie Croker titled "Lost in Translation: Misadventures in English Abroad." In the book, Croker catalogs some of the interesting ways in which meaning gets muddled as it passes from one language to another.
July 22, 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 27, 2017
The Cracker Barrel: Emergency birdhouse
More than a dozen years ago, well before he started school, our grandson, Levi, got interested in building birdhouses. At that time he lived...
May 27, 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
May 2, 2017
'Made in Minnesota' to feature local authors
SIDEBAR: Meet 25 Minnesota authors from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at the Pequot Lakes Library. Young children can enjoy story time...
May 2, 2017 - 4:30am
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