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June 22, 2019
Bill Brekken is learning a lot in his first term as a Crow Wing County commissioner representing the northern part of the county. Nancy Vogt / Echo Journal
Lake Country Faces: Brekken finds delight in life's journeys. Serving as county commissioner is latest undertaking
June 22, 2019 - 8:00am
June 16, 2019
Bill Agens uses his own upbringing as an example while guiding the Timber Bay youth group. Travis Grimler / Echo Journal
Faces: Agens draws from past to inspire youth
June 16, 2019 - 8:00am
June 10, 2019
Keyahna Kurilla helps hand out frozen yogurt during the Brainerd FFA Alumni EAT Picnic on Thursday, May  23, at the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch
In the air and on her own: The sky's the limit for this ambitious teen
June 10, 2019 - 5:00am
June 9, 2019
Dan Determan / Echo Journal
After 32 years as a teacher and coach in Pequot Lakes, Jon Dale retired at the end of the school year.
Lake Country Faces: Pequot Lakes' Dale retires after 32 years
June 9, 2019 - 8:30am
Travis Grimler / Echo Journal
Susan TeHennepe concludes 33 years of teaching with the Pine River-Backus School District at the end of this school year. Her final class is pictured with her here.
Lake Country Faces: PR-B's TeHennepe retires with gratitude
June 9, 2019 - 6:30am
June 2, 2019
Shane Gordon is the newest community member on the Crosslake Community School Board. Erin Bormett
Faces: Gordon hopes to make lasting impact on Crosslake School board
June 2, 2019 - 4:00am
May 26, 2019
Brainerd Dispatch
Coming Monday: Veteran volunteers Memorial Day services
May 26, 2019 - 7:30am
May 19, 2019
Isaac Gerber was named a Region 5 Student of Character for 2019. Erin Bormett / Echo Journal
Gerber recognized for leadership, humility, kindness
May 19, 2019 - 6:00am
May 17, 2019
Kathy Saxvold, Pequot Lakes Early Childhood Special Education teacher, reads “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” to her age 3-4 class, including Declan Johnson (left) and Graham Klunk. Nancy Vogt / Echo Journal
Pequot Lakes: Saxvold's passion is to help children
May 17, 2019 - 6:00am
May 5, 2019
Meghan Jarvi was one of the Pine River-Backus students nominated as a Student of Character in the annual Sourcewell event. Jarvi's nomination letter recognized her resilience in the face of loss. Travis Grimler / Echo Journal
Faces: Jarvi recognized for resilience
May 5, 2019 - 6:00am
May 4, 2019
Melissa Goble (left) and Kim Hartung of Brainerd gain recognition as Good Samaritan Heroes. Submitted photo
Minnesota Red Cross recognizes Brainerd women for saving runner's life
May 4, 2019 - 3:00am
May 1, 2019
Jerry Meadows, a 61-year-old disabled veteran from Wahpeton, N.D., walks March 31 along Highway 371 through Pine River to raise awareness for the Wounded Warriors Project. Erin Bormett / Echo Journal file photo
So close yet so far - fundraiser hits the road again to raise more money
May 1, 2019 - 5:00am
April 30, 2019
Jerry Meadows is a 61-year-old Air Force veteran from Wahpeton, N.D., walking to raise awareness and money for the Wounded Warrior Project. Erin Bormett / Echo Journal
Coming Wednesday: He's back
April 30, 2019 - 1:00pm
April 21, 2019
Madison Abraham was one of two students selected as this year's Students of Character by Sourcewell. Abraham's teacher Kim Sheley described her as "fiercely independent" and recognized her work ethic in her nomination. Travis Grimler / Echo Journal
Abraham's work ethic recognized with award
April 21, 2019 - 6:00am
Kelly Olzenak (left), her boyfriend Alex Niederloh, and his father and mother Kurt and Lisa Niederloh smile for a group photo April 28, 2018, prior to the start of the Brainerd Jaycees Run for the Lakes in Nisswa. Submitted photo
The runner came to a dead stop. Others racing brought him back to life.
April 21, 2019 - 5:00am