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Pineandlakes Echo Journal
Local law enforcement escorts Special Olympics flame
VA Community Clinics offering Whole Health intro course
Jenkins: Council seeks dust control ahead of July 4
Play for Patrick hosts free cardiac screening for student athletes
WeARE to host annual fundraiser
Pony League Baseball: PR-B edges Baxter, falls to Aitkin
Track and Field: Engholm, Pierzinski named PL's field MVPs. Chaney, Johnson named track MVPs
7th-grade Thunder wins Summer Kickoff
Girls Golf: PR-B's Barchus 54th, Netland 60th
Boys Golf: PR-B's Raph 7th at state. PL's Seeling takes 15th, Neva 57th
Robert "Bob" Masters
Kathy Jo Riley
Karen Rose Johnson
Methodists' stance on homosexuality divides the church
Grim's Grub: Gender equality created today's cafes
Faith: A call to love your neighbor
Senior Menus: June 17-21, 2019
Fielding Questions: Hope for a burning bush, a noxious flower and a new hedge
Sheriff's Corner: There are rules regarding water rafts on Minnesota lakes
Ask a Trooper: Across the line
Sheriff's Corner: ATV season is here, so be sure to ride safe
The Last Windrow: Corn field mistake acknowledged 30 years later
Vogt's Notes: Stop to offer up prayers for crash victims
letters to the editor
Lakewood Health System, Staples, births
Births: May 16-22, 2019
Tom & Peggy Woog
Births: May 3-15, 2019
May 13, 2019
Letter to the Editor: Vote in favor of PR-B referendum
The Pine River-Backus School District has a bond referendum vote coming up May 14, and an informational meeting was held May 7 for people to learn more on the referendum. While I am generally wary of tax increases, I am writing to encourage people to find out more about this referendum...
May 13, 2019 - 9:30am
May 12, 2019
Letter to the editor: Column was absolutely offensive
I have been a summer resident in Nisswa for 53 years and have enjoyed every aspect of being able to call Nisswa my second home. In my teens I was lucky enough to even spend my summers working in Nisswa. My parents, and now I, have had a subscription to the Echo for as long as I can...
May 12, 2019 - 12:30pm
Letter to the editor: Vote 'yes' on PR-B School bond referendum
Vote "yes" on the school bond referendum Tuesday, May 14, at Pine River City Hall. Each piece of this referendum is a much needed improvement to our school district and our community. I am a 1976 graduate of Pine River High School, and recently, I had the opportunity to visit the...
May 12, 2019 - 11:30am
May 11, 2019
Letter to the editor: Your cemeteries need help
Nora Kline's monument is placed at the entrance gate of the Old Cemetery. This was the work of many friends, working together to honor the dead. She has been resting peacefully in a section near here beside her husband, Will, since her death on May 22, 1961. They have been blessed...
May 11, 2019 - 9:30am
Letter to the editor: Be informed about Driftwood development
Driftwood Resort on Upper Whitefish Lake shut down in 2009 and was subdivided into 10 lakeshore parcels and three off-lake parcels. A developer has purchased five of the lakeshore parcels and has requested that Crow Wing County rezone those five parcels as a single Waterfront Commercial...
May 11, 2019 - 8:30am
May 4, 2019
Letter to the editor: Who aren't these people?
Just when sanity seems forever lost in a land once known as "America the Beautiful," you catch a glimmer of hope, a beacon, shining out across our fly-over country in central lakes Minnesota. In an April 24 opinion letter to the Brainerd Dispatch, "Who are these people?", a writer...
May 4, 2019 - 2:30am
May 3, 2019
Letter to the editor: Guns and our constitutional rights
A letter writer is being genuinely dishonest in his knowledge about guns and perpetuating that as fact. Let me correct some of those factually incorrect assertions. First, he again asserts the shipping of firearms on internet sales between parties online. The only way you can ship...
May 3, 2019 - 2:30am
May 2, 2019
Letter to the editor: Proud to support PR-B referendum
I am so excited to support the referendum to update our school's need for growth! As a past graduate (many, many years ago), I enjoy watching my grandkids and great-nieces and -nephews in their many activities. What a great hub of entertainment events that take place there. This expansion...
May 2, 2019 - 2:30am
April 27, 2019
Letter to the editor: Easter egg hunt support appreciated
Thank you to the Pine River-Backus community for supporting the annual Community Easter Egg Hunt. Thank you to our local churches and the Pine River Bakery in partnering together to provide a memorable day for our children! Lisa Walker, Pine River
April 27, 2019 - 10:30am
Letter to the editor: Guns and crime
The letter writer from Pine River (April 11, Echo Journal) wrote, "Despite all the attacks by gun-control advocates, no one has ever been able to refute (John) Lott's simple, startling conclusion that 'more guns mean less crime.'" The real question is, "Has the link between more guns...
April 27, 2019 - 8:30am
April 19, 2019
Letter to the editor: Embracing the Word
An April 7 opinion letter from a reader in Pine River disputed my previous letter criticizing politicians who are blindly opposed to prerequisite universal background checks for buyers of firearms, in Minnesota and nationwide. The purpose of multiple legislative bills, before both...
April 19, 2019 - 2:30am
April 18, 2019
Letter to the editor: Vote 'yes' on PR-B School referendum
Why do we need arts programs in education? Creativity. Collaboration. Improved academic performance. Confidence. Public speaking. Visual learning. Decision-making. Perseverance. Focus. Accountability. The list goes on and the benefits to the students of Pine River Backus are impressive....
April 18, 2019 - 2:30am
April 12, 2019
Letter to the editor: Governor's 'new story' isn't new at all
Our governor recently said we should write a new story for Minnesota. In a letter from Mr. Olson, he talked about Minnesota being a leader for the country. I agree that both are certainly possible, but, of course, I believe the new story should be more about individual freedom rather...
April 12, 2019 - 2:30am
April 11, 2019
Letter to the editor: Gun control and common sense
A letter attacking Josh Heintzeman from Steve Olson in Brainerd stated, "Legal loopholes allowing disqualified individuals to be sold guns online, at gun shows or exchanged between private parties is not terribly different than ignoring and allowing CWD-infected wild deer to wander...
April 11, 2019 - 2:30am
April 10, 2019
Letter to the editor: A world without music and arts?
For decades, sports have taken precedence over the music and arts in school. Don’t see many 80- or 90-year-olds playing football, but it’s amazing how many of the same age are still playing a musical instrument in bands and orchestras. Many of today’s church organists or pianists...
April 10, 2019 - 2:30pm