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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
September 17, 2017
Melissa Birch is board chair for the Pequot Lakes Public Library and is working to publish her first novel. Theresa Bourke/Echo Journal
Student, teacher, writer, volunteer - Birch has worn many hats
September 17, 2017 - 5:00am
September 10, 2017
Father Timothy Lange recently became the pastor of Hackensack's Sacred Heart Catholic Church, which is not far from his family in the Brainerd lakes area. Travis Grimler/Echo Journal
Lake Country Faces: Hackensack priest is close to home
September 10, 2017 - 5:00am
September 3, 2017
The Rev. Gary Liker became pastor at Grace United Methodist Church in Pequot Lakes in June. Most recently, he served at Hillcrest United Methodist Church in Bloomington. Theresa Bourke/Echo Journal
Faces: GUMC pastor settles into life in Pequot Lakes
September 3, 2017 - 6:00am
August 13, 2017
Roland Orth goes to great heights to provide for his family, literally. Travis Grimler/Echo Journal
Faces: Backus man goes out on limb for family
August 13, 2017 - 5:00am
July 30, 2017
Travis Grimler/Echo Journal
Before she could get her horse, Flashy, Amber Hidde had to earn it, and perhaps that was one of the best lessons 4-H had to teach her.
Faces: Horse ownership builds character
July 30, 2017 - 6:00am
July 9, 2017
Sylvia Borash (right) is new to the acting community and stars as Elle Woods in the Pequot Lakes Community Theater's production of "Legally Blonde the Musical," which opens July 12. Submitted Photo
Faces: A new face leads Pequot Lakes musical - Borash dances her way to center stage
July 9, 2017 - 5:00am
July 3, 2017
Matthew Hill, a new Breezy Point resident, became Nisswa's parks and recreation administrator about three months ago, and is enjoying his summer working on youth activities for the community. Theresa Bourke/Echo Journal
Nisswa parks and rec welcomes new face - Hill leads with experience
July 3, 2017 - 5:00am
June 19, 2017
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John Babinski stands in front of Babinski Properties' office buildings being constructed just south of Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union in Pequot Lakes.
Young man heads family business: At 24, Babinski runs Babinski Properties
June 19, 2017 - 4:00am
June 12, 2017
Faces: Ailie watched autism awareness change in 34 years of teaching
June 12, 2017 - 4:00am
June 5, 2017
Teri Kaminski Peterson, speech pathologist in the Pequot Lakes School District, won this year's Pequot Lakes Teacher of the Year award. Submitted Photo
Faces: Teacher of the Year shares her journey to speech-language pathology
June 5, 2017 - 4:00am
May 22, 2017
Pine River-Backus senior Tia Ford recently was recognized by the National Joint Powers Alliance as a Rising Star. This recognition is due to her perserverence in the face of a difficult year.
Faces: Asking for help kept a hard year from getting worse for Ford
May 22, 2017 - 5:00am
May 15, 2017
Sierra Tallman, a Pine River-Backus High School senior, prospered academically in the face of sometimes unsteady living conditions. For this, the National Joint Powers Alliance honored her as a Rising Star, an honor given to students who have not always been recognized among their classmates. Travis Grimler/Echo Journal
Rising Star: Tallman's focus on school pays off
May 15, 2017 - 5:00am
Megan Ament (left), senior at Pequot Lakes High School, poses at Relay for Life with her English teacher, Catherine Stampe (middle), and friend, Maria Brown. Ament was awarded the Rising Star award this year.
Rising Star: Ament recognized for perseverance, determination despite loss
May 15, 2017 - 4:00am
May 7, 2017
Deacon Mike Knuth, of Pequot Lakes, recently had his writing published in "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Random Acts of Kindness." Theresa Bourke/Echo Journal
Lake Country Faces: Local deacon becomes published author
May 7, 2017 - 8:00am