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Pineandlakes Echo Journal
Mills drops request for election recount in 8th District race
Pine River group enjoys Bone Builders program
Reward doubled to $20,000 for info in MN hunter's death
Minnesota expects $1.4 billion budget surplus
[KLICK GALLERY] Pequot Lakes Women's Club Christmas cookie packing
Tiger boys will start fresh for 2016
Experience, depth is key for Lightning
Revolution aim to move up in section
Girls basketball: Patriots top PR-B
Dan-ecdotes: Winter season in full swing for area teams
Dr. Duane Lund
Ashely May Martin
Ryan C. Amacher
Roger K. Straight
Janet Elaine Amundson
Grim's Grub: Bone juice
Verch, Newberry to play Nisswa concert Dec. 9
Klein to perform at Gustavus Christmas worship services
'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' auditions set at CLC
Reminders: Dec. 1, 2016
Letter to the Editor: This is what they are teaching at a 'Christian' school?
The Last Windrow: Shopping small is nothing new to this farm kid
Letter to the editor: Fake news, red herrings and pulpit opinions
Bust your holiday budget already?
Letter to the Editor: Liberals are concerned about Trump
letters to the editor
Three Fold Fraser Celebration
90th Birthday: Gerald "Keebler" Nelson
Births-Nov. 11, 2016
49th Birthday: Wanda Gallagher
Five Generations: Kiehlbauch - Crawford
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
November 11, 2016
The Cracker Barrel: After the storm
I was born in Chicago, eight blocks from Wrigley Field, destined by fate (and my father) to become a Cubs fan. Dad, who played semi-pro baseball for some years with a team called the Buccaneers, took me to see my first game when I was 5. "We" (by which he meant the Cubs) "are playing...
November 11, 2016 - 10:09am
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
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