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January 21, 2018
Jim Brandt, of rural Pine River, dedicates much of his retirement to conservation efforts on three islands - Big, Little and Steamboat - in Upper Whitefish Lake. Brandt was recently honored as Crow Wing Soil and Water District’s Outstanding Conservationist for 2017. Theresa Bourke / Echo Journal
Lake Country Faces: Ideal man recognized for conservation efforts
January 21, 2018 - 5:00am
January 14, 2018
Pastor Kari Williamson has been at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa for the past three and a half years. Nancy Vogt / Echo Journal
Faces: Williamson finds her calling to be a pastor
January 14, 2018 - 4:00am
January 7, 2018
Ashley Smith can often be found volunteering within her community when she is not taking photos of PR-B sports. Dan Determan / Echo Journal
Faces: Smith stays active in PR-B community
January 7, 2018 - 4:00am
December 29, 2017
Renee Anderson sits at her piano that commands space in the living room of her Pequot Lakes home. Nancy Vogt / Echo Journal
2017 Pequot Lakes-Breezy Point-Crosslake Citizen of the Year: Anderson honored for volunteerism and musical skills
December 29, 2017 - 6:00am
December 28, 2017
Dave Mick, of Baxter, dresses up as Santa Claus each year and delivers gifts to children in the Christmas for Kids program in the Pequot Lakes and Nisswa area. He has been doing so for more than 30 years. Theresa Bourke / Echo Journal
More than 30 years as Santa - Mick delivers gifts to children in need
December 28, 2017 - 8:00am
December 17, 2017
Jingles the Elf (Cindy Rieck) holds up the lyrics to “Jingle Bells” as the audience sings along with Santa and Mrs. Claus Saturday, Dec. 9, during Pequot Lakes’ Santa’s Bobbin’ into Town event. Rieck has been Jingles the Elf for the last six years for the event. Theresa Bourke / Echo Journal
She's a part-time elf, full-time physical therapist
December 17, 2017 - 4:00am
December 10, 2017
Andrea Martin, retail manager of Common Goods in Crosslake, stands near a Christmas display at the store. Bridges of Hope - the organization that owns Common Goods - holds a special place in Martin’s heart, as it aided her when she was a single mom. Theresa Bourke / Echo Journal
Faces: Martin now helping organization that helped her
December 10, 2017 - 4:00am
December 3, 2017
Pine River-Backus Teacher of the Year Kim Sheley talks to Alyssa Semmler about her pumpkin pie milk shake recipe. Travis Grimler / Echo Journal
Backus alumna becomes PR-B Teacher of the Year
December 3, 2017 - 4:00am
November 26, 2017
Realtor Doug Zaske holds the wooden decoy that started his collection of vintage sporting goods. Travis Grimler / Echo Journal
Zaske earns rare emeritus status - Life is more than realty
November 26, 2017 - 10:00am
November 11, 2017
Patty Potts, of Baxter, shows off one of the many quilts she has handmade for veterans. After knowing many who have died or suffered from the effects of war, quilting is Potts’ way to give back. Theresa Bourke / Echo Journal
Faces: Quilting for a cause - Potts uses talents to give back to veterans
November 11, 2017 - 6:00am
October 29, 2017
Nancy Hall (second row of women, third from right) has been singing since childhood and now sings with the Geritol Frolics group, which will wrap up its latest show Sunday, Oct. 29.
Faces: Nisswa woman pursues music through Geritol Frolics program
October 29, 2017 - 4:00am
October 24, 2017
Theresa Bourke / Echo Journal
Tania Melby, of Pequot Lakes, helped established the Women’s Ministry program at Eagles Nest Church in Breezy Point two years ago after struggling with a chronic illness.
Faces: Pequot Lakes woman uses her past struggles to help others
October 24, 2017 - 6:00am
October 15, 2017
Roger Hoplin stands on the patio at Bites Grill & Bar, the Pine River restaurant he and his wife own. The Hoplins bought the restaurant three days after Roger retired. Nancy Vogt / Echo Journal
Starting and ending in Pine River - Restaurant owner made it back home after years on the road
October 15, 2017 - 5:00am
October 8, 2017
Father Blake Rozier became part of Immaculate Heart Church in Crosslake and St. Emily's Church in Emily in July. He is an avid outdoorsman and Minnesota sports fan. Theresa Bourke / Echo Journal
Crosslake, Emily Catholic churches welcome new pastor - Father Blake Rozier returns to lakes area
October 8, 2017 - 4:00am
October 1, 2017
Brooke Weinhandl is in her second year as Nisswa Elementary School’s secretary, but she has worked with the school in various capacities since 2010. Theresa Bourke/Echo Journal
From equine therapist to Nisswa School secretary - Weinhandl loves working with kids
October 1, 2017 - 4:00am