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Pineandlakes Echo Journal
Reports of good to fair amount of ducks on opener - MnDNR CO Reports
Audubon to host Antarctica presentation
Emily: Council denies vacation request
Cass County absentee ballots available
Pine River-Backus School: Property values partially help drive levy increase
Inside the Outdoors: Viruses victimize wildlife, too
Partners team up for local fish passage project funding
Football: Patriots fall to Rebels 20-18
Basketball: Clinics at CLC scheduled in October
Area Female Athlete: Wynn helps put the W in PR-B
Evelyn D. Eide
John "Jack" T. Thomas
Martha L. Rach
Judith K. Lapke
Crow Wing Energized: Depression might be more common than you think
Pequot Lakes church to host lutefisk supper Sept. 29
3 things for better health - Sept. 17
Brainerd health care facility offers companions to terminally ill
Essentia clinics offer walk-in flu clinics, appointments
As I See It: Why study history?
Uncharted: A hike, a speech and a loose-meat sandwich
Vogt's Notes: We welcome letters, but watch your word count
Letter to the editor: Thiede's value to Crow Wing County
Slow down to give and receive kindness
letters to the editor
50th Wedding Anniversary
Births: Sept 2, 2018
Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center, Brainerd, births
Lakewood Health System, Staples, births
September 16, 2018
The Cracker Barrel: 'The Giving Tree'
Strange, how an object can conjure up old memories. You see it half-concealed beneath a patina of dust and cobwebs, lift it up, wipe it off,...
September 16, 2018 - 10:00am
August 31, 2018
The Cracker Barrel: Thoughts about learning
Last week our oldest grandchild set off for college. We hugged him, told him how proud he makes us and wished him well. In the days since he left, I've been thinking a lot about the act of learning. There are many notions of how best to help a person learn. For many years, the dominant...
August 31, 2018 - 7:30am
August 17, 2018
The Cracker Barrel: The meteors of August
You've heard all about it by now: the Perseids are coming. Summer's meteoric light show, visible especially to northerners, the Perseids begin...
August 17, 2018 - 7:30am
August 6, 2018
The Cracker Barrel: Josie's Cafe
On a recent trip to the little town in Illinois where I grew up, a particular building caught my eye and triggered a cascade of boyhood memories. Situated in the center of town, across Main Street from the train station, the building is built of red brick and once housed two places...
August 6, 2018 - 10:00am
July 22, 2018
The Cracker Barrel: Sweet summertime
There's something about the textures of summer that makes you remember the days of your youth. The trickle of sweat running down your side, the...
July 22, 2018 - 8:00am
July 6, 2018
The Cracker Barrel: Boyhood Fourth
What follows is a chapter of my newest book, "Looking Back," to be published in early August. Back in the 1950s, summer unfolded slowly and seemed...
July 6, 2018 - 8:30am
June 24, 2018
Cracker Barrel: Grandma and the treats
When I was a young boy living in Chicago, my mom and I often spent time at Grandpa's summer cottage some 50 miles north of the city. Dad was gone overseas fighting some fellow named Hitler, and Mom had to work during the week to make ends meet, but on weekends, if we had enough gas...
June 24, 2018 - 6:00am
June 12, 2018
The Cracker Barrel: Pinchot: 'The father of American forestry'
Trying to get Americans to agree on any given topic is like trying to form an orderly herd of cats or frogs or wood ticks. It's just not gonna happen - or if it does, it won't stay that way for long. Given that fact, I think it's nearly miraculous that our citizenry and its leaders...
June 12, 2018 - 7:30am
May 27, 2018
The Cracker Barrel: Secrets from down under
By now you've probably heard something about Peter Wohlleben and his amazing book, "The Hidden Life of Trees." In case you haven't, read on. Wohlleben, a German forester of many years experience, has topped best-seller lists with his contention that our commonly held understanding...
May 27, 2018 - 7:30am
May 13, 2018
The Cracker Barrel: Playing with words
As we all know, life's not easy. Sometimes winter lasts much too long and treats us much too harshly. Given that fact, it may be childish to turn away from hurtful memories and choose, instead, to immerse your cranium in siliceous granules (put your head in the sand), but what the...
May 13, 2018 - 7:30am
April 27, 2018
The Cracker Barrel: In praise of instinct
Each year I find myself paying more attention to things I used to take for granted, and at the same time losing interest in certain notions I once found fascinating. There was a time, for instance, when I thought man's reasoning power was the greatest force in the universe. Now, whenever...
April 27, 2018 - 8:30am
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
March 3, 2018
Today's youth may be suffering a serious disconnect from nature, thanks in part to the proliferation of electronic substitutes for the real thing. TV shows, computer games, PlayStations and smartphones all conspire to keep us dissociated from the world around us, forming a sort of...
March 3, 2018 - 7:30am