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Pineandlakes Echo Journal
Minnesota GOP sees land of opportunity in 8th District
Pequot Lakes police to offer summer safety awareness class
Nominations open for Brainerd Public Schools Above and Beyond Award
Genealogy workshops set at Brainerd Library
Crow Wing County Board: More roads to ride: Ordinance change allows Class 1 ATVs on shoulder of county roads
Bear hunt applications available; deadline is Friday, May 4
Why the zones? New regulations for keeping northern pike explained
16U Patriots take first
MnDNR Conservation Officer Weekly Report - April 24, 2018
Late ice-out: DNR crews face a challenge to get ramps and docks ready by fishing opener
Jeanne M. Hunt (Mahlum)
Genevieve Irene Hill
Wilma J. Long
Terrence P. "Terry" Duma
Am I Getting Enough Protein?
3 Things for Better Health - April 22
Sugar affects your liver as well as your waistline
Grim's Grub: Words of warning: Don't eat these fun recipes
Faith: Be still and silent
Letter to the editor: Support step therapy legislation
Opinion: When Barbara Bush said 'Damn'
Crosslake Mayor's Notebook: Here's a first quarter review
1963 Impala was beautiful, but it fell apart
Cracker Barrel: Classical insights
letters to the editor
Births: April 8, 2018
John and Clare Staulcup
Births - April 1, 2018
Births-March 22, 2018
The Cracker Barrel
April 22, 2018
Cracker Barrel: Classical insights
Every so often, when the events of modern-day life threaten to shrivel my soul, I find refuge in reading the words of thoughtful people from earlier times. One of those people was Marcus Aurelius, ruler of Rome from 161 to 180 A.D. and known as the last of the Five Good Emperors....
April 22, 2018 - 8:30am
April 1, 2018
The Cracker Barrel: A big place
Everybody knows the universe is a big place. What's hard to grasp is how big. A few years ago I bought my wife a telescope for Christmas, figuring she could check out the moon and a few planets and get a fix on a star or two and help fill in some of the gaping holes in our understanding...
April 1, 2018 - 7:30am
March 18, 2018
The Cracker Barrel: The most popular hobby
Now that the calendar shows us that spring is right around the corner, it seems fitting to offer some thoughts about America's most popular hobby:...
March 18, 2018 - 8:30am
The Cracker Barrel: Feeding the birds
Like millions of other Americans, my wife and I enjoy feeding birds. Given the fact that we live in the woods and have accidentally also found...
February 18, 2018 - 9:00am
February 3, 2018
The Cracker Barrel: A wild idea
"What if the United States had a plan to protect all of its wildlife, to give animals the space they need to survive and thrive? What would that...
February 3, 2018 - 8:30am
January 5, 2018
The Cracker Barrel: How to 'hygge'
Not long ago, while talking on the phone with an old friend who runs a bookstore in Minneapolis, the subject of "hygge" came up. "What's that?"...
January 5, 2018 - 8:00am
December 24, 2017
The Cracker Barrel: Room in the inn
Fifty years ago, in the waning days of 1967, I was a young G.I. stationed in southern Germany. Thanksgiving had come and gone and now Christmas loomed ahead. It promised to be a singularly unmerry event. I was homesick as heck and most of the people I held dear lived on the far side...
December 24, 2017 - 10:30am
December 8, 2017
The Cracker Barrel: Enchanting place
The basement of the house I spent my boyhood in was not a large one. Since Mom and Dad had added onto what had been a summer cottage, only the...
December 8, 2017 - 8:00am
November 11, 2017
The Cracker Barrel: A lovely land
On a recent road trip out to Washington State and British Columbia, I found myself astonished by the beauty and variety of our continent. Not...
November 11, 2017 - 3:30am
October 29, 2017
The Cracker Barrel: Just plain lucky
While talking with an old friend last week, we came to the shared conclusion that those of us who came of age in the aftermath of World War II...
October 29, 2017 - 9:30am
September 17, 2017
The Cracker Barrel: The woods and us
We've lived in these parts, my wife and I, for some 52 years, north of Pine River for a decade, since then east of Pequot Lakes. When we started...
September 17, 2017 - 7:30am
September 2, 2017
The Cracker Barrel: Surprising numbers
A few weeks ago, my wife purchased a book by Jim Gilbert titled "Minnesota Nature Notes." According to the blurb on the back cover, Gilbert has been observing the changing Minnesota seasons for more than 30 years, and has done it "with the accuracy of a trained biologist and the rapt...
September 2, 2017 - 8:30am
August 22, 2017
The Cracker Barrel: A place for people
Like most Americans, I love cars. I've owned, enjoyed and occasionally cussed at my share of the critters. I learned how to drive in my parents' 1950 Studebaker, experienced the rock-solid safety of a '47 Hudson pickup truck and the wind-in-your-hair enchantment of a '53 MG-TD, and,...
August 22, 2017 - 7:30am
August 5, 2017
The Cracker Barrel: Midsummer magic
Anyone who's lived in the woods for more than a year or two is familiar with the magic of midsummer. The magic is made of a mixture of all sorts of things. The temperature, for starters. In midsummer the warmth of midday nudges you toward water. A swim, a ride in the boat, maybe a...
August 5, 2017 - 5:30am
July 22, 2017
The Cracker Barrel: Lost in translation
I recently rediscovered a delightful review of a book by Charlie Croker titled "Lost in Translation: Misadventures in English Abroad." In the book, Croker catalogs some of the interesting ways in which meaning gets muddled as it passes from one language to another.
July 22, 2017 - 5:30am