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Pineandlakes Echo Journal
Creating Caring Communities in Walker
Hackensack: Cancer threatens future of Lucette's. Paulsen asks community for help
Walker nursing home to close
Pickup truck catches fire on Highway 371 in Nisswa
Crow Wing County Board: Approves of cooperative mental health agreement
Girls Basketball: Lane signs to play for Fighting Hawks.
Junior Hockey: Wisconsin sweeps North Stars
Volleyball: PR-B's Wynn all-state. Tigers earn academic honors
Fergus Falls area to host 2019 Governor's Deer Opener
PL 8th-graders achieve perfect season
James V. Olson
Bernice A. Otterson
Rockne D. Anderson
Brett Lee Thomas
Essentia Health offers way to quit smoking for better health
Chef's Hat: Don't forget about those tried-and-true recipes
Faith: Keep God in your life
Senior Menus: Nov. 12-16, 2018
Vine identified, how to protect junipers and more
Letter to the editor: Crosslake mayor-elect thanks voters
Opinion: Thanksgiving and very thankful
Letter to the Editor: Norgaard proud of time as mayor
Letter to the editor: It's time for everyone to come together
The Cracker Barrel: Mental clutter
letters to the editor
Births: Oct. 28, 2018
Lakewood Health System, Staples, births
Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center, Brainerd, births
The Last Windrow
July 15, 2018
The Last Windrow: Life lessons learned on the farm
I learned certain things on that small Iowa farm that ensured I would reach the mellow age that I have now come to. Things that I did not learn...
July 15, 2018 - 8:30am
July 7, 2018
The Last Windrow: Celebrating the Fourth with a bang
The ominous smell of nitrate hung heavy along the river bottom near the little fireworks shack. It was the week of the Fourth of July near the...
July 7, 2018 - 9:00am
June 29, 2018
The Last Windrow: It was a bad year to show animals at the county fair
Jerry's pig died. My Holstein calf developed a sprained front leg. Randy's sheep jumped the fence and headed up the blacktop toward LeMars. It...
June 29, 2018 - 5:30am
June 16, 2018
The Last Windrow: Good luck to recent grads
The bull got up and disappeared over the hill. This is the time of year, after high school graduation, when many young people begin making decisions...
June 16, 2018 - 7:30am
June 9, 2018
The Last Windrow: For anglers' sake, we need to get along with Canada
I hope Canada doesn't decide to put a tariff on walleyes. I'm kind of worried about that. This part of northern Minnesota attracts thousands of anglers each year searching for walleyes, northern pike, bass and panfish. The highways are full of $100,000 boats pulled by shiny-wheeled...
June 9, 2018 - 7:30am
June 2, 2018
The Last Windrow: Don't mess with a farmer's pump shed
Every small 1950s farm had one. Some called them the "machine shed;" some called them "the pump shed;" some called them the "shop." They were...
June 2, 2018 - 7:30am
May 26, 2018
The Last Windrow: Happy his running days are over
An organization in our community had a "fun run" last weekend. Even though the north wind was blowing about 30 miles-an-hour and temps hovered...
May 26, 2018 - 9:30am
May 13, 2018
The Last Windrow: Happy Mother's Day to all moms
This week's column is dedicated to my Mom, Millie. Mother's Day happens this weekend, and even though moms have to share it with the Minnesota...
May 13, 2018 - 9:00am
May 5, 2018
The Last Windrow: Fishing memories last a lifetime
It wasn't much of a fish. A 6-inch, silver-sided, horn-headed creek chub that weighed about 4 ounces. My first fish. It came flipping out of...
May 5, 2018 - 9:00am
April 28, 2018
The Last Windrow: Changes in retail landscape continue
It all started when Mike Robinson realized that radial tires were coming on the market. I was in Mike's small, country gas station when he learned from a neighbor farmer that there was a new kind of tire coming on the market called a radial. Instead of getting just two years of wear...
April 28, 2018 - 8:30am
April 21, 2018
The Last Windrow: Try turkey hunting to beat the winter blues
During this "spring of our discontent," I was thinking of anything possible to get me out of the dumps. Then the wild turkeys appeared below...
April 21, 2018 - 8:30am
April 14, 2018
The Last Windrow: Ice-covered lakes don't cool fishing fever
I hear the groaning out there. "When will it ever be over?" people ask. Winter does not want to leave, but I have good news. Winter will go;...
April 14, 2018 - 8:30am
April 7, 2018
The Last Windrow: Here's a forecast you are eagerly awaiting
Before you accuse me of missing the date on making my 2018 Minnesota Twins season record, let me explain why I waited until the week after the...
April 7, 2018 - 8:30am
March 31, 2018
The Last Windrow: Much has changed since 1978
Two giant shadows crossed in front of me as I hiked down a half frozen trail last week. At first I thought the shadows might have been caused...
March 31, 2018 - 7:30am
March 24, 2018
The Last Windrow: Chambers: Some things change; others stay the same
I would never have believed if you had told me as I was piloting that WD Allis Chalmers tractor down green rows of young Iowa corn plants that I would at this point in my life be acting as a executive director of a small-town chamber of commerce. No way, I would have said. That thought...
March 24, 2018 - 8:30am