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Pineandlakes Echo Journal
National Loon Center presentation set for Wednesday
Elderly couple found dead in Minn., grandson arrested
Lueck's bill related to veterans advances
Fifty Lakes: Bar must find new way to cook chicken wings
PR-B School Board: Parent airs sports participation-coaching concerns
Deer feeding bans continue in 16 Minnesota counties
Basketball: Free throw competition held at Aitkin
Rare lynx sighting highlights a day on the ice
Girls Basketball: Lane named conference MVP
New business creating custom duck calls with pets' ashes
William "Willy" Weber
Donna Mae Theis
Donald T. "Buck" Hansen
Jim Berg Sr.
Unitarian Universalist minister to share overseas experiences
How one group is using scraps of wood to comfort others
Impress your guests with sweet Zeppole di San Giuseppe pastry
Sparkling wines are not created equally
Nisswa Garden Club to meet March 22
Danecdotes: A method to the 'madness?'
Letter to the Editor: Thank you, Terwilligers
Are you kind when you disagree with someone?
Cass County Sheriff's Corner: Be vigilant against tax scams
As I See It: Winners and losers
letters to the editor
Births-March 22, 2018
Supporting Denny McNamara
We need Denny McNamara
March 16, 2018
Vogt's Notes: Read your community newspaper to be an informed citizen
"No lies. Know truth. Subscribe to newspapers." "Stronger the press, stronger the people." "Newspapers strive to ensure the free exchange of...
March 16, 2018 - 7:30am
February 17, 2018
Vogt's Notes: Don't care about politics? Attend a precinct caucus anyway
I'll be the first to admit it. I'm not a political person, and the only reason I've attended both DFL and Republican precinct caucuses is because of my job. I vaguely recall my first time being assigned to cover a caucus as a reporter. This was a good 30 years ago when I was a young...
February 17, 2018 - 7:30am
January 20, 2018
Vogt's Notes: Drop me a line about what makes your fish house special
A friend just shared that his new, custom-built fish house will boast an electric fireplace, electric queen size bunk over the dinette and spray...
January 20, 2018 - 10:00am
December 29, 2017
Vogt's Notes: We are surrounded by stellar people
There are so many people in the lakes area who qualify for a citizen of the year title. No one thinks he or she deserves it, and that's part of what makes it so fun to surprise people with the honor. They always say there are other people more deserving. The most recent residents...
December 29, 2017 - 7:30am
December 2, 2017
Vogt's Notes: Remember your hometown merchants this holiday season
We made it through Black Friday, or the new-age version of Black Friday where sales begin long before the Friday after Thanksgiving. Hopefully...
December 2, 2017 - 10:00am
November 5, 2017
Vogt's Notes: Pequot Lakes is moving full steam ahead
At a conference last week, I heard a speaker talk about transformation. One of her many points was the distinction between certain words we use...
November 5, 2017 - 8:00am
October 7, 2017
Vogt's Notes: Proud to publish real news all the time
It seems the last quarter of 2017 marks several milestones for me. I recently celebrated 25 years of marriage, followed by 25 years of living...
October 7, 2017 - 9:00am
September 8, 2017
Vogt's Notes: 'Back to school' means something different to each of us
Tuesday, Sept. 5, marked the first day of school for most area students. Over the Labor Day weekend, I discovered what different people of different...
September 8, 2017 - 5:00am
August 16, 2017
Vogt's Notes: Imagine a day without local news
I'm assuming our newspaper front page caught your attention this week. Let me explain why we joined more than 200 other newspapers across the...
August 16, 2017 - 3:00pm
August 5, 2017
Vogt's Notes: Get outside and enjoy summer in the lakes area
"Summer is over." How many times have you heard this phrase? I have heard it all summer - starting in June! Following are two examples from emails I received just this week. One read: "What a beautiful summer day! It's hard to believe it's almost over!!" The other said: "Summer is...
August 5, 2017 - 4:00am
July 17, 2017
Vogt's Notes: Give thanks (not rants) for those who work hard for others to have fun
It's definitely festival season in the lakes area. From the thousands of people who filled area towns for Fourth of July festivities, to this...
July 17, 2017 - 5:00am
June 30, 2017
Vogt's Notes: Celebrate a summer of FUN
I have dubbed this a "Summer of FUN." I have that phrase written on a dry erase marker board on my refrigerator with "FUN" in all capital bubble...
June 30, 2017 - 9:00am
June 1, 2017
Vogt's Notes: Another season of graduations is upon us
I walked into Nisswa Elementary School just as the fourth-grade class of 2017 was filing into the gym to "Pomp and Circumstance." Some students were giddy with excitement, others looked nervous, and all wore class T-shirts and graduation caps. As happens every time I attend this ceremony,...
June 1, 2017 - 7:00am
May 12, 2017
Vogt's Notes: Spring cleaning taken up a notch or two (or more)
It all started simply enough. One Saturday in March, my husband and I finally had a day to just bum around together, which we love to do - I...
May 12, 2017 - 8:00am
March 19, 2017
Vogt's Notes: A conflicted time of life
We're all living the "stages" of life. Depending on our age, some of us have lived through more stages than others. For my generation, the "wedding...
March 19, 2017 - 6:30am