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Frank Lee


I cover the community of Wadena, Minn., and write features stories for the Wadena Pioneer Journal. The weekly newspaper is owned by Forum Communications Co.

As a professional and experienced journalist, my fact-based reporting has won statewide awards. My work has also appeared in other Forum-owned publications like the Brainerd Dispatch and the Gannett-owned USA Today.

(At the Brainerd Dispatch, I was the arts and entertainment editor and wrote articles for the section. I also write a weekly movie column for Forum that appears in print and online, and can be followed on Twitter at @Frankfilmcritic.)

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Minnesota native Aaron Simmons, who is poised to be a rising star in Nashville, will perform on June 9 at Burlington Northern Park. He headlines the inaugural June Jubilee Country Concert in Wadena.
“The Covenant” currently has an 81% approval rating among critics and a 98% approval rating among audiences at Rotten Tomatoes, a review-aggregation website for film and television.
Major snowfall recently can be a headache for some. But for Brainerd lakes area resort operators, it can be a windfall.
The nonprofit housing organization serving Cass, Crow Wing, Hubbard and Wadena counties needs volunteers, especially to build homes. Volunteer levels fell during the coronavirus pandemic.
A girl was born New Year’s Day on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023, at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby to an engaged Pine River couple. It is the mother’s third child and the father’s first.
Lori Hannahs’ new two-bedroom home in Pequot Lakes was built with funds raised by the 2021 and 2022 performances of Dancing with the Lakes Area Stars.
True North Basecamp and Cuyuna Cove are two such outdoor retreats in the Crosby area that offer cabins and tents to bicyclists, and lake and outdoor enthusiasts who recreate in the region.
Aitkin businesses that weathered the downturn in the economy during the height of the pandemic attribute their success to local residents and tourists attracted to the small town.
The 16th annual Lakes Bluegrass Festival returns to the Lakes Music & Events Park near Pine River. Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out is one of the headliners of the multiday event that officially starts Thursday, Aug. 25.
Dean and Briana Visser own the Benville Equestrian Center near Pequot Lakes and are the 2022 Crow Wing County Farm Family of the Year. Benvelle Equestrian Center provides boarding opportunities for horses as well as education for both horse and rider.