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Pineandlakes Echo Journal
Dan-ecdotes: Voting - Now more important than ever
Communities to hold National Night Out events
Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Fellowship recognized for LGBTQ work
Crow Wing County Fair begins July 31
Chautauqua program has uncertain future
Walleyedan looks to future in lakes area
Golf Leagues-July 28, 2016
Pequot Lakes 10U softball takes first and second place
Broncos take third place
Northland Outdoors TV goes in search of monster trout: The NOTV crew visits Saskatchewan's famed trout factory
Fern Haley Rasmussen
Ralph V. Lewis, Sr.
George "Buck" W. Abbott III
John Franklin Stockard
Bluegrass concert slated Sunday at Crosslake Christian
Pages from the Past - July 28
Local resources available for families and businesses to support breastfeeding
'The House' an exhibit by Carolyn Abbott to open at Crossings Art Gallery
The 21st annual Northwoods Art and Book Festival
MMBA Home Show
The Last Windrow: "You mean that we aren't going to have a parade?"
As I see it: Top 10 questions for presidential debates
Bruer's Blog: Seven things you need to know about being a pastor's kid
Letters to the Editor: Layman would not be career politician
Letters to the Editor: Thanks to our supporters
letters to the editor
90th Birthday: Dot (Dorothy) Berg Jones
50th Wedding Anniversary: Michael and Carol Smith
80th Birthday: Ronald (Buzzy) Schmolke Sr.
40th Wedding Anniversary: Lynn and Pam Radunz
July 20, 2016
The Cracker Barrel: Our best idea
A few weeks ago, at the west entrance to Yellowstone National Park, I bought a Lifetime Senior Pass for the staggering sum of $10. Valid at all federal recreation sites, the pass is available to any U.S. citizen or permanent resident 62 years or older and entitles the passholder and...
July 20, 2016 - 10:15am
June 22, 2016
Cracker Barrel: Toxic information
For many years I have shared the anguish of those millions of people who love our country and its freedoms while looking aghast upon the ugliness and waste it seems hellbent upon producing. How, I have wondered, can the free enterprise system result in so many forms of degradation?...
June 22, 2016 - 9:35am
June 8, 2016
The Cracker Barrel: Surrounded by dinosaurs
Now that most of our migrating neighbors have returned from points south, it seems a fitting time to reflect on how much our lives intersect, and yet how different they are. I'm referring, of course, to birds. A recent review of Sy Montgomery's book "Birdology" puts it this way: "Birds...
June 8, 2016 - 11:14am
May 27, 2016
Cracker Barrel: Reconsideration
We've heard it all before. From infancy we've been taught that members of our species, Homo sapiens, are the cleverest creatures in the cosmos, endowed with any number of unique and marvelous abilities. "Only humans can learn to use tools." "Only humans are self-aware." "What sets...
May 27, 2016 - 4:14pm
May 11, 2016
Cracker Barrel: The most important job
This past Sunday millions of mothers throughout America received various sorts of special treatment. Some got breakfast in bed, perhaps cooked to imperfection by loving family members whose good intentions outstripped their culinary skills. Others were treated to brunch at a restaurant,...
May 11, 2016 - 10:35am
April 26, 2016
Cracker Barrel: The frogs
Living as we do by the shores of a marshy lake, we are very much aware of our neighbors, the frogs. Each spring, right about now, the first of the croaking begins. When we hear it we are invariably thrilled. More than the return of the juncoes or the trilling of the red-winged blackbirds,...
April 26, 2016 - 11:42pm
April 13, 2016
The Cracker Barrel: The Rock-a-Fellers
A recent conversation with a dear old friend brought back lots of memories, many of them about music. Like most American kids, we started taking music lessons in fifth grade. Our music teacher's name was Mr. Hodge. Mr. Hodge had horn-rimmed glasses and a David Niven mustache. He was...
April 13, 2016 - 2:00pm
March 30, 2016
The Cracker Barrel: Newness is violent
Years ago we often celebrated Easter in Arco, Minn., population 101. My sister, Beth, and her husband, Tom, live there; my folks are buried there; and although the local economy has taken some hard buffeting in recent decades, the people of the area remain open and friendly and full...
March 30, 2016 - 2:35pm
March 16, 2016
Cracker Barrel: Time enough
I recently rediscovered an article clipped from Psychology Today, in which Stephan Rechtschaffen, director of the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, delivered some intriguing observations about our modern sense of time. "There are cultures on this planet that have no word for minute...
March 16, 2016 - 1:51pm
March 3, 2016
Cracker Barrel: Generating gap
Several years ago the mystery writer Georges Simenon published a book titled "When I Was Old." In the book he recounted a period of several years during which he felt old beyond his years; old, not in a wise and mellow way, but simply old. What Simenon found most troubling about those...
March 3, 2016 - 1:51pm
February 19, 2016
The Cracker Barrel: It takes time
Years ago, a history teacher told me it takes about a century for mankind to accept a new idea. I don't know how he arrived at that figure, but the older I get the more certain I am that it's optimistic. Why so long? In part, I suppose, because we're creatures of habit, and habits...
February 19, 2016 - 9:42am
February 9, 2016
The Cracker Barrel: Manners matter
Ever since I started writing this column back in the Middle Ages, I've made it a point to avoid topics of a deliberately political nature on the theory that, like sleeping dogs or poisonous snakes, some subjects are best left undisturbed. That said, I do believe it's long past time...
February 9, 2016 - 9:23am
January 26, 2016
Cracker Barrel: 'The End of the Road'
Scrounging through the bookshelves for something interesting to read, I came upon a little volume published years ago titled "The End of the Road," written by none other than the famous Motel Six ad man, Tom Bodett. Mr. Bodett does more than just drum up business for a motel chain....
January 26, 2016 - 8:44am
January 16, 2016
Nagel to do book talk/book signing Jan. 21 in Crosslake
Pequot Lakes author Craig Nagel recently published his first literary fiction novel, "Fred's Way," and he will have a book talk/book signing at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, at the Crosslake Community Center. Nagel's two previous books - "A Place Called Home" and "A Sense of Wonder" -...
January 16, 2016 - 8:00am
January 11, 2016
The Cracker Barrel: Letting go
Fresh out of New Year's resolutions? How about adopting mine? This year I resolve to let go of everything that bogs me down. Every possession, every memento, every relationship, every fantasy, every preoccupation with the past - everything that blockades my growth and saps my ability...
January 11, 2016 - 9:17am