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Pineandlakes Echo Journal
Cass County: Savings eyed with new garage
Making the grade: August 25, 2016
Corps of Engineers, partners to host camping event in Crosslake for wounded veterans
Woman falls to her death from a zip line in Delaware
CLC Foundation awards more than $130,000 in scholarships
[KLICK GALLERY] Pequot Lakes vs. Brainerd Volleyball
Volleyball: Patriots top Warriors 3-0 in season opener
Dan-ecdotes: Liedl, Trottier continue as college teammates
Tennis: Patriots thrive in opening matches
Golf Leagues - Aug. 25, 2016
Harley Dean Eigenheer
June M. Nygren
Resorts, teaching run in the family for Ideal woman: Johnson's daughters follow in parents' footsteps
Pages from the Past - Aug. 25, 2016
Arts Off 84 Art Crawl set for Labor Day weekend
Lakes Bluegrass Festival making music in Pine River
Calendar of events-Aug. 25, 2016
MMBA Home Show
Letter to the editor: Pequot Lakes appreciates anonymous donation
Grim's Tales: Homeownership is a learning experience
As I See It: I'm biased; and so are we all
The Cracker Barrel: Thirty days hath September
From the Lefthand Corner: Memories of Wendy
letters to the editor
Births-Aug. 25, 2016
80th Birthday: Wilma Durham
70th Wedding Anniversary: DeWayne and Millie Schwanke
60th Wedding Anniversary: Ray and Carolyn Frisch
Wedding Announced: Melissa Besmehn and Tyler Junkenmeier
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
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