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August 31, 2017
Mandolin player Doug Elrick, guitarist Steve Gilmore and bassist Kenny Pabst of High Plains Tradition proved the show must go on Saturday, Aug. 26, when bands at the Lakes Bluegrass Festival in Pine River took the show into a building at the fairgrounds during the rainy part of the day. Travis Grimler/Echo Journal
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No such thing as rain check at Lakes Bluegrass Festival
August 31, 2017 - 7:00am
August 26, 2017
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Tess Brown (center), of Puerto Rico, won the final Pine River Duck Race of the season Friday, Aug. 18. Pine River Princess Tara Huston (left) and Miss Pine River Brianna Adkins crowned her the Duchess of Duck. Duck races will return June 22, 2018, at the Pine River dam.
Duck racing season ends
August 26, 2017 - 5:30am
August 21, 2017
Ingrid Narveson from Norway watches frogs, dragon flies and other creatures made of flatware tilt and spin at the Northwoods Arts Council's Art and Book Festival. Narveson and her father visited the festival while visiting his parents on Leech Lake. Travis Grimler/Echo Journal
Hackensack festival features authors, artists
August 21, 2017 - 9:00am
August 18, 2017
The Crosslake Fire Department serves roasted pork sandwiches and corn on the cob at its annual pig roast Saturday, Aug. 12. Nancy Vogt/Echo Journal
Crosslake offers something for everyone Aug. 12
August 18, 2017 - 9:00am
SOLO, a band made up of teenagers, takes the stage and rocks the outdoor patio Friday evening, Aug. 11, at Zorbaz On Gull. Steven Olson/Flying Cloud Exposures, Baxter
The endless summer
August 18, 2017 - 8:00am
Avery Ross, Hanover, was crowned Duchess of Duck for winning the Aug. 11 Pine River Duck Races. She is accompanied by Princess Avery Cunningham (left), Miss Pine River Brianna Adkins and Princess Tara Huston. The last duck race of the season will be held Friday, Aug. 18, with registration beginning at 1:45 p.m. All prizes will be awarded at that race. Submitted Photo
Last duck race of season is today
August 18, 2017 - 4:00am
August 17, 2017
Artist Kathi Mann demonstrates acrylic painting techniques at the Crosslake Art Club art show and sale. Submitted Photo
'A Splash of Color': Crosslake Art Club Show
August 17, 2017 - 9:00am
This year during Cornfest, Chayna Mueller was named Miss Backus, Madison Abraham was named Miss Congeniality, Chawna Mueller was crowned princess. Second princess was Brianna Schmid with Brianna Alderson recognized as junior princess and Anna Van Heerden crowned second junior princess. Little Miss Backus this year is Hailey Rogers with second little miss Ellie Rogers and Little Mr. Tanner Van Heerden. Two little princesses this year were Myra Steffen and Mary Rogers.
Backus Senior Center wins best float at 2017 Cornfest
August 17, 2017 - 7:00am
August 14, 2017
Those gathered at Big Axe Brewing in Nisswa on Friday evening, Aug. 4, listen to Nick Luby playing classical music on a baby grand piano in Minnesota Public Radio’s Concert Truck.
MPR's Concert Truck stops in Nisswa
August 14, 2017 - 8:00am
Michael Sanders applies ample whipped cream to a strawberry custard pie, while volunteer Debrin Popkes prepares to serve it up to a paying customer. Travis Grimler/Echo Journal
Pie on Park Avenue raises $420 for library
August 14, 2017 - 6:00am
August 8, 2017
Travis Grimler/Echo Journal
Adler Ackerman, 7, of Pine River, was crowned Duchess of Duck at the weekly Pine River Duck Race event by First Princess Tara Huston, Miss Pine River Brianna Adkins and Second Princess Avery Cunningham.
Local picks fastest duck
August 8, 2017 - 4:00am
August 7, 2017
Children waited to spring into action as candy-laden fire trucks rolled through the Summerfest Parade. Travis Grimler/Echo Journal
Sun shines on Summerfest
August 7, 2017 - 2:01pm
Theresa Bourke/Echo Journal
Breezy Point Police Chief Kevin Merschman demonstrates CPR techniques at the city’s first-ever Night to Unite event Tuesday, Aug. 1.
Communities host night out events
August 7, 2017 - 12:00pm
Travis Grimler/Echo Journal
Children waited to spring into action as candy-laden fire trucks rolled through the Summerfest Parade.
Pine River Summerfest photos
August 7, 2017 - 9:50am
July 31, 2017
Madelaine Westfall from Glenwood, Minnesota was crowned Dutchess of Duck at the July 21 Pine River Duck Race. She was crowned by Pine River Princess Tara Huston, Miss Pine River Brianna Adkins and Princess Avery Cunningham. Races will continue each friday through August 18 with registration at 1:45 p.m.
Duchess of Duck crowned
July 31, 2017 - 10:00am