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Pineandlakes Echo Journal
Crow Wing County Community Services wins innovation award
'We're not those kids': BLC students create business, bust stereotypes
Coalition for Peace to hold peace vigil, pie social
PLMS Students of the Month
Former Crosby mayor wins again: Possessing firearm charge dismissal follows 2 other acquittals
PL 8th-graders achieve perfect season
Girls hockey: Lightning win 2 of 3 to start season
Women's College Hockey: BSU, SCSU hope game in Brainerd Tuesday, Nov. 20, will be classic
Area Girls Hockey: Abear nets game-winner in Lightning victory
Firearms deer hunting complaints, late-season waterfowl activity - MnDNR CO Reports
George J. Tuil
William Tennis Jones
Stephen A. Busch
Crow Wing Energized: Take control of the holidays
3 things for better health
Faith: Where did the chickadees go?
They had an idea. Now, they're wondering if it will work. An innovative community, collaborative project is tackling childhood trauma.
Senior Menus: Nov. 19-23, 2018
Bormett's Vignette: I can still be 'home for the holidays'
Guest Opinion: Soil and Water Conservation Districts: Ensuring funding for the boots on the ground
Veeder: A song for a new season
Hauser: What we leave behind
Wealth Column: Why new tax laws could change your 2018 tax filing
letters to the editor
Births: Nov. 17, 2018
Births: Oct. 28, 2018
Lakewood Health System, Staples, births
November 14, 2018
The Cracker Barrel: Mental clutter
When I was very young, listening to the radio was an ongoing treat. Every week Grandma and I would settle down on the sofa to hear the latest...
November 14, 2018 - 3:00pm
October 28, 2018
The Cracker Barrel: 'The Fighters'
"More than 2.7 million Americans have served in Afghanistan or Iraq since September 11, 2001. C. J. Chivers reported from both wars from their beginnings. 'The Fighters' vividly conveys the physical and emotional experience of war as lived by six combatants: a fighter pilot, a corpsman,...
October 28, 2018 - 7:30am
October 14, 2018
The Cracker Barrel: Enemy of progress?
Ever since the Pilgrims stumbled ashore from the Mayflower and set about trying to survive in a brand-new country, our national mindset has favored population growth. And why not? To the tiny band of transplanted Europeans scrabbling to avoid extinction in this strange and forbidding...
October 14, 2018 - 10:30am
September 30, 2018
The Cracker Barrel: Every family for itself?
"For most of the year my daughter was four we lived in Spain, in the warm southern province of the Canary Islands. I struggled with dinner at midnight and the subjunctive tense, but my only genuine culture shock reverberated from this earthquake of a fact: people there like kids....
September 30, 2018 - 5:30am
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