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Crow Wing County road maintenance continues this week
The Regional Report: Aitkin group raising funds to update almost 70-year-old choir robes
March for Life in Brainerd set Jan. 22
Tech Savvy: Flying taxis and robots
Area Wrestling: Road Crew runs away with team title
PL 6th-graders 3rd in St. Cloud
Inside the Outdoors: Ice fishing shelters have evolved in new directions
Successful snowmobile rides start with safety mindset
Area Girls Basketball: Pirates prevail over W-DC. PL's Lane reaches 2,000 career points
James Norman Nelson
Stuart D. DeMenge
Hannah C. Call
Pine River United Methodist Church makes donation
Senior Menus: Jan. 21-25, 2019
Faith: Encouragement for a discouraged world
New coalition aims to snuff out tobacco use by working together
Card games: Jan. 7-11, 2019
The Cracker Barrel: 'Norwegian Wood'
The Last Windrow: An acre of dirt
Danecdotes: Weekend getaway a nice change of pace
Opinion: Foreign aid, adjust and repair
Sheriff's Corner: A snapshot of 2018
letters to the editor
Births: Jan. 15, 2019
Dayne Fox- Jennah Fox
Open House For Cecil Kottschade
Births: Nov. 25, 2018
Births: Nov. 17, 2018
January 2, 2019
Commentary: Logging out, shutting down my computer for the final time
I believe it was Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame third baseman George Brett who, when asked why he was retiring, said: "Because I can still hit...
January 2, 2019 - 7:00am
November 28, 2018
Last inning: Sports editor Bialka to hang up his keyboard
After 40 years at the Brainerd Dispatch, Mike Bialka, sports editor, is retiring. Bialka, a Brainerd native, plans to start his next chapter...
November 28, 2018 - 9:00am
Candidate forum for local state representative candidates is Monday
A candidate forum for Minnesota House of Representatives districts 9A, 10A and 10B will be 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, at Central Lakes College's...
October 28, 2018 - 9:00am
October 19, 2018
Best of Brainerd Lakes results are in
The wait is over and the results of the first Best of Brainerd Lakes contest are here. Check out the 2018 Best of Brainerd Lakes magazine in...
October 19, 2018 - 6:00am
October 10, 2018
Crow Wing County Board: Thiede defends record after opponent's letter to the editor
Crow Wing County Commissioner Paul Thiede started the Tuesday, Oct. 9, county board meeting by taking aim at Bill Brekken, Thiede's opponent...
October 10, 2018 - 5:00am
October 3, 2018
Crow Wing County: Sheriff candidates share visions in forum
The Crow Wing County sheriff candidates emphasized different leadership styles they would utilize if elected for the post in the 2018 November...
October 3, 2018 - 12:42pm
Crow Wing County: Commissioner candidates court undecided voters
For Crow Wing County residents with questions as to whom to vote for in November's general election, this was the place to be. The Crow Wing...
October 3, 2018 - 5:00am
September 27, 2018
Crow Wing County candidate forums are Oct. 2
A candidate forum for Crow Wing County commissioner and sheriff races will be 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the Crow Wing County Land Services...
September 27, 2018 - 9:00am
September 15, 2018
Pete's Point: New publication covered northern communities 35 years ago
It was 35 years ago today that I started my career in the lakes area as a regional reporter for a new Northern Edition publication that would be inserted each Wednesday in the Brainerd Dispatch. I remember that one of my first challenges was learning the area since I grew up and went...
September 15, 2018 - 7:30am
September 13, 2018
Available now: Behind the Progress Edition
In this episode of the DispatchCast, Dispatch reporters share their experiences in pursuing some of the 20 stories filling 56 pages of the 2018...
September 13, 2018 - 4:30am
September 3, 2018
Our Opinion: Celebrating Progress in the Brainerd area
Brainerd lakes area businesses have a lot to celebrate this Labor Day weekend. The economy is in a turnaround, new businesses are opening, unemployment is at historic low levels and jobs are there for those who seek them. It's a spectacular turnaround from the Great Recession of a...
September 3, 2018 - 5:30am
September 2, 2018
'Best of' contest results to be released Oct. 19
Results of the "Best of Brainerd Lakes" contest will be revealed when the 2018 Best of Brainerd Lakes magazine is published Oct. 19. Winners...
September 2, 2018 - 5:00am
August 16, 2018
Our Opinion: We are not the enemy
"The media is not the enemy of the American people." That's the core message in editorials from hundreds of newspapers Thursday, Aug. 16, across...
August 16, 2018 - 7:00am
July 13, 2018
Cheesehead Chatter: Farewell to Echoland
By the time this column makes it to readers, I'll be working my last couple days at the PineandLakes Echo Journal. After a lot of deliberation,...
July 13, 2018 - 8:30am
July 7, 2018
It's time to vote! - Have your say in who's 'best in lakes area'
The nominations are in, and now it's time to vote. The Brainerd Dispatch and Echo Journal present the Best of the Brainerd Lakes Area contest....
July 7, 2018 - 11:00am