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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
13 hours 19 min ago
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 12, 2018
Pillager Area Fire and Rescue Chief Randy Lee poses in front of a fire truck Thursday. Lee retired from the fire department after serving 42 1/2 years. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch
Pillager fire chief leaves behind leadership and pride in department
January 12, 2018 - 7:00am
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
January 5, 2018
Illustrator Mr. E wears a disguise since hitting it big and selling out on his coloring book at the local crafter's market. Travis Grimler / Echo Journal
Call this Pine River author, illustrator "Mr. E" - 12-year-old publishes coloring book
January 5, 2018 - 4:00am
December 31, 2017
Dan and Sharon Jacobsen have been mentoring Thomas and Lucas Taylor of Breezy Point for three years.
Kinship Partners: Pequot Lakes couple mentors Breezy Point siblings
December 31, 2017 - 4:00am
December 30, 2017
One-year-old Wayne, 6-year-old David and 3-year-old Harley are happy to have warm beds after a month spent living in a truck while parents Tommy and Danielle Bowen work to get them out of a Pine River hotel room and into a house. Travis Grimler / Echo Journal
Charity saved Christmas; mercy could save the new year
December 30, 2017 - 8:00am
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 25, 2017
Ralph Henkensiefken of Brainerd receives a gift Tuesday from volunteers Becky Stock and Ted Anderson. Henkensiefken was nominated for Be a Santa to a Senior, a program encouraging community members to purchase gifts for deserving seniors during the holidays. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch Videoplay button
Smiles from Santa: Seniors receive a Christmas surprise
December 25, 2017 - 7:00am
December 21, 2017
Evelyn Matthies
Matthies leaves a legacy of art in Brainerd community
December 21, 2017 - 5:00am
December 20, 2017
Eric Klang
Pequot Lakes Police Chief Klang graduates from FBI National Academy
December 20, 2017 - 1:00pm
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 12, 2017
Becky Cromwell, MN Region 4 Chair of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve and the human resource manager of National Joint Powers Alliance, presents Chris Robinson of NJPA with the Patriot Award. The award recognizes individual supervisors and bosses for their support to their employees who are service members. Robinson was nominated by employer James Voelker. Submitted
Robinson receives Patriot Award at NJPA
December 12, 2017 - 10:53am
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
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