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Pineandlakes Echo Journal
Pequot Lakes Library: Huge book sale set July 1-3
Emily United Methodist to host Age Wave Workshop
Nisswa Safety Town registration due by July 1
Robotics team helps children imagine building a better world
Storms may bring heavy rain
Always in Season: Barn swallows are a love-hate species
Sergent, Rudbeck coach in All-Star Game
Will this be the year the Wolves match the hype?
15 Minnesotans selected in NHL draft
ATV groups seek more in Beltrami forest plan
Mary Lou Pfingsten
Chef's Hat: For fast cleanup, try foil packet recipes
'Legally Blonde The Musical' cast announced
Cass County Fair to feature new attractions - June 29-July 2 in Pine River
PR-B Family Center: Make a difference; donate to food shelf
Kinship Partners: PR-B fifth-grader seeks male mentor
AstroBob: Fireflies - green sparks in the dark
The Last Windrow: 'Walking the fields' built character
Faith Conversations: Wife moving forward after sudden death ministry partner
The Cracker Barrel: 'On Being Human'
From the Lefthand Corner: Poorest Minnesotans get even poorer
letters to the editor
Births-June 15, 2017
Births-June 8, 2017
Bob and Phyllis Jones
Births: May 17, 2017
Storms may bring heavy rain
April 25, 2017
Pine River: Street dance may return to Summerfest
The city of Pine River may allow the return of a street dance during Summerfest in July. The Pine River Fire Department once organized a yearly...
April 25, 2017 - 4:45am
August 3, 2016
Pine River Summerfest: Parade winners listed
Winners in the Pine River Summerfest Parade held Saturday, July 30, were: • Best Organizational Unit: Pine River-Backus Schools. • Best Commercial...
August 3, 2016 - 8:42am
July 27, 2016
Pine River-Backus Family Center to participate in Summerfest
Pine River is a year round business community with old fashion values and pride in its ability to commit to helping our own brothers and sisters in need and, especially, our boys and girls. Respecting our small town values is a badge of honor for Pine River. The Pine River-Backus...
July 27, 2016 - 2:05pm
The Last Windrow: "You mean that we aren't going to have a parade?"
Our small community hosts its' annual Summerfest this weekend, and things are buzzing around town. Churches are preparing their food offerings, kids are currying their horses, firemen are shining up their fire engines and businesses are getting their sidewalk sales in order. It is...
July 27, 2016 - 12:20pm
Minnesota author writes about Pine River in latest novel: She'll be at Summerfest this weekend
Pine River and Norway Lake make an appearance as a setting in the latest novel by Minnesota writer Connie Szarke, titled "Lady in the Moon."...
July 27, 2016 - 10:51am
July 7, 2016
Regional author to have vendor table at area events
Connie Claire (Peterson) Szarke, award-winning regional author, will have a vendor book table in Pequot Lakes during the Bean Hole Days Festival on Wednesday, July 13, and at Summerfest in Pine River on Saturday, July 30. Szarke recently completed her trilogy of literary/historical...
July 7, 2016 - 10:47am
June 29, 2016
Pine River Summerfest buttons on sale
Pine River Summerfest has made a move this year to July 29-31. Summerfest buttons are the main fundraiser for the event and are on sale. They...
June 29, 2016 - 12:22pm
November 10, 2015
Pine River Summerfest dates to move to July
The Pine River Chamber of Commerce announces that its largest festival of the year, Summerfest, will change dates in 2016, moving from the last week of June to July 29-31. In recent years the festival shared the last weekend in June with the Cass County Fair in Pine River.
November 10, 2015 - 8:14am
July 1, 2015
Summerfest a hit in Pine River
Thanks to sunny skies, the annual Pine River Summerfest Parade attracted its usual crowd Saturday, June 27. The parade featured various categories...
July 1, 2015 - 10:55am
June 25, 2015
The Last Windrow: Small-town festivals have big hearts
The last thing on my mind as I herded the WD Allis-Chalmers tractor and two-row cultivator down the green rows of young corn in 1959 was that at some time in the far future I would be helping to organize a summer festival. I didn't have the occasion to organize much during those...
June 25, 2015 - 12:05pm
June 11, 2015
Pine River Summerfest Medallion Hunt to begin Monday
The Summerfest Medallion Hunt will begin Monday, June 15, in Pine River. Daily clues will be posted on the Chamber's Facebook page as well as the Pine River Information Center's door. The medallion will be hidden within the city limits of Pine River on public ground. No digging...
June 11, 2015 - 10:50am
May 21, 2015
Pine River: Council considers opening first response to non-firefighters
During the Tuesday, May 12, Pine River City Council meeting, Pine River Fire Chief Kevin Kleiner said the city might consider opening its first response team to the general public. The Pine River Fire Department currently manages first response calls in the fire district, but Kleiner...
May 21, 2015 - 11:32am
July 9, 2014
News of the North - 2014 Pine River Summerfest
The best part of the summer is finally here: it's parade time! The Echo Journal & NOTN crew start the season off with the 2014 Pine River...
July 9, 2014 - 4:04pm
July 2, 2014
Pine River Summerfest a blast
Pine River Summerfest celebrated the city's plaid theme in style last weekend. This year's festival featured the usual parade, Prairie Fire...
July 2, 2014 - 3:00pm
Thank you to all who helped with Summerfest
To all who worked or visited Pine River during the 36th annual Pine River Summerfest, a hearty thank you from the Pine River Chamber of Commerce! What started out as a mere sidewalk sale in 1978 is now a time where multiple organizations, businesses and individuals do their part...
July 2, 2014 - 12:03pm