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Pineandlakes Echo Journal
Pine River Watershed Alliance to host annual meeting
Police Blotter - June 15, 2019
Sheriff's office places Pickar on paid administrative leave
Cass County Community Outreach Day set June 18
'A consummate professional': Longtime journalist Lew Hudson dies
Golf results - June 13, 2019
Auto Racing: Superbikes take on BIR's historic track for Double Sprints this weekend
Avon tips Lightning 6-5
'It was a fun ride. It ended way too quick': Gabriele Grunewald's father remembers her passion
Running: Registration open for Grandpa's Run for the Walleye
Wynefred D. Johnsen
Richard (Rick) David Markstrom
Jesse Allen Woods
Lowell Allan Bohlke
Senior Menus: June 17-21, 2019
Card games: June 3-7, 2019
Maple Hill Church to hold annual brat sale
Our Savior's offers free meal, free concert
Chef's Hat: Smells of the season: It's time to fire up the grill
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
Letter to the editor: Pride is not self-respect
letters to the editor
Births: May 16-22, 2019
Tom & Peggy Woog
Births: May 3-15, 2019
Births: May 9, 2019
June 9, 2019
Faith: A deep yearning
We all desire to love and to be loved, and we all know the pain of loneliness and lost love. The desire to understand others and to be understood is fundamentally an attempt to feel connected. We are simply not whole by ourselves and require the connection with others that comes most...
June 9, 2019 - 7:00am
June 2, 2019
Faith: Always remember, it's not your faith
Early in my second year of seminary, I was struggling. Struggling with staying on top of my class work. Struggling with making ends meet financially....
June 2, 2019 - 6:30am
May 28, 2019
Honoring those who sacrificed their lives: Memorial Day events presented
It was an overcast day -- Monday, May 27 -- at 51 degrees, with a 13 mph east wind blowing the American flags along the fence line and in the...
May 28, 2019 - 7:00am
May 26, 2019
Faith: God's law defines perfect love
Do you believe that God's Law is all about His wrath and eternal condemnation? Do you believe you do not need to keep it? Often people, even Christians, believe this; however, this is not what God says about it, but rather that His Law actually defines perfect love. So, we might ask,...
May 26, 2019 - 6:30am
May 19, 2019
Faith: Surprised by beauty
We had been anxiously anticipating the birth of our sixth child in February and silently dreading it. We were approaching the three-year anniversary of the death of our third daughter, Maria, and the birth of our fifth daughter, Lucy, just one week later. What would it be like to...
May 19, 2019 - 6:30am
May 12, 2019
Faith: Spring is here; give thanks for God's creation
As of late, I have been out and about in our community, and I can't help but notice the increase of camper and boat traffic on the roads. Moving our campers and boats out of storage and prepping them for summer most definitely signals the arrival of spring in the Brainerd lakes area!...
May 12, 2019 - 6:30am
May 5, 2019
Faith: Boredom is dangerous to obedience
"What are you doing?" I asked my daughter. "I'm brushing my hair," she responded. At this point, I don't know if I should laugh or cry. "What are you supposed to be doing?" I inquired. "Cleaning the playroom, but I got bored," she replied. I send her back to her assignment of cleaning...
May 5, 2019 - 7:30am
April 28, 2019
Faith: 'Joy to the World'
When I was young, Easter was definitely lower on my list of holiday favorites. How could it compare to opening presents on Christmas morning, or trick-or-treating at Halloween? Sure, we got Easter baskets with some candy, but growing up in the church meant that we had to be at church...
April 28, 2019 - 10:30am
April 21, 2019
Faith: The Triduum and Anamnesis: Keys to Easter
In our common way of thinking, when we say we "remember" something, it generally means we remember simple facts, events or people from the past. I "remember" my address growing up, my third grade teacher and making pyramids out of sugar cubes in fourth grade. Some people are really...
April 21, 2019 - 5:30am
April 14, 2019
Faith: Crosslake Cares (for seniors)
It has been my privilege, for the past year, to serve on the board for a newly formed organization: Crosslake Area Senior Services Inc., aka Crosslake Cares. This not-for-profit organization's purpose is to enhance, promote and develop opportunities for seniors in the greater Crosslake...
April 14, 2019 - 6:30am
April 7, 2019
Faith: Absalom looked good on the outside
Teach this true, 3,000-year-old story in every school, especially since our nation's "claim to fame" is "one nation under God." "We either set people up for success or failure" and "Life is too short to learn from our own mistakes, so learn from others." Let's impress upon our children...
April 7, 2019 - 7:30am
March 31, 2019
Faith: Spiritual reality
The fastest growing religious sect in America identifies as "nones." Yet within this grouping there are two extremes. Some deny spirituality entirely while others merely reject what they refer to as organized religion. The responses from the many "tribes" within the Christian faith...
March 31, 2019 - 6:30am
March 24, 2019
Faith: This short walk reveals two such different worlds
Allow me to introduce myself: My name is Stephen Blenkush and I have been called to serve as the pastor at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Pequot Lakes. I started this new call back in February and I am now in the process of getting situated and slowly acquainted with the good folks...
March 24, 2019 - 7:30am
March 10, 2019
Faith: In short supply
Scarce, scant, sparse, sporadic, limited, restricted, deficient, truncated, few and far between or just few, rare as hens teeth or just rare, occasional, seldom, inadequate, insufficient ... as in funds, lacking, wanting, less than, devoid, unicorn-like. Unlikely, uncommon, underwhelmed,...
March 10, 2019 - 7:30am
March 3, 2019
Faith: Ashes: Are they meaningful to you?
There will be a lot of people walking around with dirt on their foreheads next Wednesday. This is not because people did not shower, but because it will be Ash Wednesday. There are a lot of different signs and symbols in our faith tradition, and ashes are one of them. I appreciate...
March 3, 2019 - 6:30am