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Pineandlakes Echo Journal
Central Lakes Rotary Club welcomes new member
RREAL to participate in National Solar Tour on Saturday
Pelican Lakes 4-Hers win awards
Patriot Perspective: Help make a difference in a student's life
Lake Shore: Opponents to stocking muskies in Gull Lake address council
Homecoming youth run winners announced
Tiger shred Mustangs, Bears
Minnesota hosts Cider Cup: Irish golfers enjoy experience playing area courses
Tennis: Patriots fall to S-M, sweep C-I
Pequot Lakes Diamond Club golf scramble held
Dr. Donald (Don) Langan
Kerry W. Boyer
Shelley R. Keller
Eva Marie Smith
Hackensack abuzz with carvers
Hall of Fame band Rio Nido to take CLC stage
CLC band rehearsals under way
Pages from the Past - Sept. 22, 2016
Looking Back-Sept. 22, 2016
MMBA Home Show
Letter to the editor: Consider resident's request for variances
Letter to the editor: Vote your conscience, not the party
Guest Editorial: Trump unlikely to gain ground
Letter to the editor: It's good news that students care
Faith: Why are you here?
letters to the editor
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
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