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Pineandlakes Echo Journal
Crow Wing County issues reminder to mail ballot precincts
Pine River-Backus School District: Board contemplates sixth-grade athletes
Paws and Claws Rescue & Resort receives $5,170 legacy donation
20th anniversary: PR-B Family Center has a definite purpose
Lutheran Church of the Cross to host Bishop Tom Aitken Oct. 23
[KLICK GALLERY] Pequot Lakes Volleybal vs. Crosby-Ironton
Tigers split Brainerd Invite games
PL 8th grade team takes first
Trap teams ranked 2nd through 3 weeks
Hockey: Stars split series with Ice Hawks
Tony J. Gilles
Ralph L. Staffon
Doug B. Junker
Emma Ida (Sufka) Burrows
Pages from the Past - Oct. 20, 2016
Looking Back-Oct. 20, 2016
Nisswa, Pequot Lakes firefighters promote fire safety
'She Loves Me' features lonely hearts, eccentrics: Play to be staged in Pequot Lakes
Plenty of pumpkins
Grim's Tales: Why I am willing to vote for a candidate guaranteed to lose
Political endorsement letters
The Last Windrow: The old trapper, the last season
Letter to the editor: Promote Indigenous People's Day
Letter to the editor: It requires maturity to be president
letters to the editor
40th Wedding Anniversary: Dan and Gaylene Hamm
74th Birthday: Marliss
80th Birthday: Yvonne (Hill) Yunker
Wedding Announced: Jill and Jason Anderson
80th Birthday: Jerry Thompson
October 16, 2016
The Cracker Barrel: Lights out
Visitors to our home in the woods - especially visitors from more densely settled places - often comment on how many stars are visible here. For years, we've taken modest satisfaction from their words, thinking ourselves fortunate, knowing we'd rather see stars than city lights. Only...
October 16, 2016 - 9:15am
October 3, 2016
Cracker Barrel: Two Wes Moores
My wife recently brought home a book from the library titled "The Other Wes Moore." "Thought you might find this interesting," she said. I picked it up, scanned a few pages and was hooked. Published in 2012, the book was written by a fellow named Wes Moore, a black man born in Baltimore...
October 3, 2016 - 8:40am
September 20, 2016
Cracker Barrel: Levels of ignorance
Paging through a book of essays by the late journalist Sidney Harris, I came upon some thoughts that seem particularly relevant to our time - a time when an alarming number of citizens proudly flaunt their ignorance, claiming their lack of knowledge or experience somehow qualifies...
September 20, 2016 - 9:14am
September 4, 2016
Cracker Barrel: The good life
Every September the same thing happens. The coolness in the air hints that summer is nearly over. And I, slow learner, look back and realize once again that I spent too much time working and not enough savoring. There is modest consolation in the fact that I am not alone. Almost everyone...
September 4, 2016 - 11:02am
August 23, 2016
The Cracker Barrel: Thirty days hath September
Ever try to recite that childhood ditty about the length of each month and start wondering? I did. So I did a little sleuthing and found out some marvelous things about the tracking of time, such as the fact that the ancient Greeks had three 10-day weeks per month and that clocks...
August 23, 2016 - 8:29am
August 3, 2016
The Cracker Barrel: Something different
Six years ago this month my wife and I drove to Duluth with another couple to spend two delightful days in the presence of tall ships.
August 3, 2016 - 10:50am
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