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Pineandlakes Echo Journal
Seasonal crack sealing continues this week
Registration ends June 1 for youth theater camp
Area teachers honored as Educators of Excellence
Lakes Area Interfaith Caregivers welcomes board members
The Regional Report: Randall eliminates police dept.; Walker community center in financial trouble
More fishing tournaments skipping weigh-in
Funding available for woodland management
Amateur Baseball: Victory League
A nod to his rising fame, museum unveils Adam Thielen bobbleheads
Lightning strike down rival Fort Ripley
Howard Anthony Michels
Vernon Wayne Warner
Senior Menus: May 28-June 1, 2018
Chef's Hat: It's avocado time, and they're packed with nutrients
Make Memorial Day memorable, not fatal
Commentary: When is a pine cone not a pine cone?
How to fertilize trees, shrubs, flowers and fruits
Letter to the Editor: Response to Abler's 'hundred million miracles'
The Cracker Barrel: Secrets from down under
The Last Windrow: Happy his running days are over
From the Lefthand Corner: Guns are getting into the wrong hands
Letter to the Editor: Good job, Rep. Poston
letters to the editor
Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center, Brainerd, births
Births: May 26, 2018
Births - May 20, 2018
Births: Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center, Brainerd
February 4, 2018
Citizens shape parties at caucus level - Precinct caucuses to convene Tuesday night
Minnesota citizens will have their chance to directly impact their political party Tuesday, Feb. 6, through precinct caucuses. Caucuses are a...
February 4, 2018 - 6:00am
January 3, 2018
Smith becomes Minnesota U.S. senator
WASHINGTON — Tina Smith raised her right hand and swore to uphold the U.S. Constitution, replacing Minnesota U.S. Sen. Al Franken after...
January 3, 2018 - 5:11pm
January 2, 2018
Smith set to be Minnesota’s next senator as Bachmann considers running
WASHINGTON — Minnesota's best-known politician has resigned from the U.S. Senate while a well-known political celebrity considers running for...
January 2, 2018 - 3:51pm
December 28, 2017
Franken plans event for supporters as poll suggests voters want him to stay
MINNEAPOLIS — Hours before Sen. Al Franken makes an appearance to publicly thank “supporters and friends,” one new poll states the majority...
December 28, 2017 - 9:51am
December 24, 2017
Sexual harassment, opioids lead list of top MN stories in 2017
Allegations of sexual harassment and the #metoo movement gained momentum, causing a storm of controversy that ended the careers of Minnesota...
December 24, 2017 - 8:30am
December 23, 2017
Commentary: 'New' Minnesota Capitol, enlarged political divide
ST. PAUL—Oh, what a year 2017 was in Minnesota politics. It all started innocently enough, with the state Capitol re-opening after years...
December 23, 2017 - 8:02am
December 20, 2017
Can Franken preserve his legacy? He made his first try Wednesday
WASHINGTON—Minnesota gets a new U.S. senator on Jan. 3. A spokesman for U.S. Sen. Al Franken said on Wednesday, Dec. 20, that the senator...
December 20, 2017 - 7:42pm
December 13, 2017
Smith praised by Minnesota delegation members
WILLMAR, Minn. — Seventh District U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson and Minnesota's two U.S. senators weighed in Wednesday, Dec. 13, on Gov. Mark...
December 13, 2017 - 6:57pm
'No one I trust more' than Lt. Gov. Smith in U.S.Senate, Dayton says
ST. PAUL — Mrs. Smith is going to Washington. Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith will replace U.S. Sen. Al Franken once he resigns after eight sexual...
December 13, 2017 - 4:53pm
December 7, 2017
Franken denies some allegations, but plans resignation from U.S. Senate 'in a few weeks'
WASHINGTON — Al Franken was one of the most recognized U.S. senators from the day he took office in 2009, thanks to fame he gained on the "Saturday...
December 7, 2017 - 3:45pm
Tina Smith quickly rising to top of Senate speculation
PAUL — It took only minutes after the first sexual misconduct allegation was waged against Al Franken for speculation to begin about who would...
December 7, 2017 - 3:25pm
Franken announces resignation from U.S. Senate
The announcement will be carried on all Forum Communication websites. U.S. Sen. Al Franken will address the Senate at 10:45 a.m. Central...
December 7, 2017 - 10:35am
September 5, 2017
Franken to oppose MN Supreme Court Justice David Stras' nomination to federal bench
ST. PAUL — Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken said Tuesday that he opposes Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Stras' nomination to the...
September 5, 2017 - 9:17pm
July 10, 2017
Minn. Sen. Al Franken, David Letterman to collaborate on climate change video series
Longtime late-night host David Letterman hit pause on his retirement - he joined Sen. Al Franken for several videos on climate change that debuted...
July 10, 2017 - 4:07pm
June 1, 2017
Al Franken has a bone to pick with Ted Cruz, 'the guy who microwaves fish' in the office
There are few people in the halls of Congress who would dispute that "the most hated man" there is Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. Since he took office...
June 1, 2017 - 7:10am