Nancy Vogt, Editor
We're having a summer picnic and you're invited! Please come visit us between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, at the Echo Journal office on West Lake Street in Pequot Lakes. We're right behind the Oasis Center/Dairy Queen, near Pequot Lakes School. This is our annual customer appreciation open house. We'll serve you complimentary hot dogs, chips and beverage. All you have to do is show up! We'd love to chat with you and find out what you love about the Echo Journal and what you think we could do better. Or just come to meet us.
That phrase - Life's journey begins and ends with family - is front and center in my kids' scrapbooks. I'm not sure where it came from - a book of quotes and phrases we scrapbookers use, I believe - so I can't attribute it. But I truly believe in the phrase. My scrapbooks are filled with other family phrases I just love: • A family is a gift that lasts forever. • Other things may change us, but we start and end with family. (Anthony Brandt) • Families are forever. • Time changes everything, but one thing remains - family.
I may be a fairweather Minnesota fisherwoman, but count me in as one of the 1.4 million licensed anglers in the state. I'm no diehard angler by any means. I don't mind getting up at the crack of dawn, but not to go fishing. If it's pouring rain, windy or cold, I'd rather stay home. But if the sun is shining, wind is calm and temperature is pleasant, I'm happy to go out on the boat for a few hours to cast a line.
Something I do love about Facebook is all the inspirational quotes and words of encouragement I run across every time I scroll through my feed. Depending on my mood, I find one that I can totally identify with every time. I recently saved this one: "When you allow a person's words to upset you, you're giving away your power - Dr. Phil." That's fitting for my profession, because sometimes we print something someone doesn't particularly like, and we might hear from that person. Sometimes we make mistakes, and we graciously own up to them and correct them.
Who will be the first Business of the Year in the greater Pequot Lakes area? It could be your business, if it meets a couple of simple criteria: Your business must be a Pequot Lakes Chamber member, and it must be in the Pequot Lakes, Breezy Point or Jenkins area. If your business is eligible, or if you know an outstanding business that meets the criteria, what are you waiting for? Who doesn't want to be singled out and recognized for industry and community leadership?
Every resident of the Brainerd School District - that includes most families in the Nisswa and Lake Shore areas - listen up. You have a school bond referendum vote coming up Tuesday, April 10. You should go to the polls that day to make an informed choice on whether the school district should issue bonds to pay for improvements to all of the district's school buildings.
"No lies. Know truth. Subscribe to newspapers." "Stronger the press, stronger the people." "Newspapers strive to ensure the free exchange of information that is accurate, fair and thorough. We fear no one." - Editor & Publisher magazine I was unable to attend this month's Pequot Lakes City Council meeting, but I did listen to a recording of the meeting. I had heard that city business owners would attend to ask the council about plans for Trailside Park development.
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 20-something, and I honestly don't think I had any idea what a caucus was. My memory is of walking into a crowded basement of what I believe was a house. I assume now that it was a more public place. I recall people being packed together, shoulder to shoulder. It was like a college party atmosphere.
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 foam insulation on the walls and floor. Another friend built his own fish house, complete with an aquarium. Fish houses now come equipped with stoves and ovens, big-screen TVs and bay windows. Many have bathrooms with flushing toilets and showers along with air conditioners for when the wintertime fish house turns into a summertime camper. Personally, I think the best thing about our fish house is the Luggable Loo.
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 recognized as citizens of the year or distinguished business people in our communities are Renee Anderson, of Pequot Lakes; Ray Schrupp, of Pine River; and Lynn Fairbanks, of Nisswa. Read about Anderson in this week's Echo Journal.