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More than 40 years ago, Tony Maucieri saw a "For Sale" ad in the Chicago Tribune that would forever change his life and the small town where the ad would take him.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 4:34pm

Andrew Doucette has had his fair share of difficulties in life, but thanks to those who supported him, he never let them hold him back. Doucette, a 2013 graduate of Brainerd High School, was raised in a big family with big family problems.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 5:52pm

Barb Klocke lives by a very honest philosophy. "I think (community involvement) is important. Otherwise you pretty much stay to yourself and are more of a hermit. The more active you are, the younger you stay," Klocke said.

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 5:57pm

When Karen Stern and her husband, Jon, grew tired of working at Liberty Carton Company in Minneapolis, where they'd both worked for more than 20 years, they decided a change of pace was in order.

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 3:42pm

Sue Johnson of Jenkins looks for peace wherever she can find it, whether it is in her garden, the fish house, on the North Shore, a Florida beach or in her home practicing Qigong meditation.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 6:38pm

Eddie Binda of Crosslake, a 2012 Pequot Lakes High School graduate, is a common face in the lakes area theater scene who strives to work hard at any role put before him.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 6:09pm

Twelve miles southwest of downtown Pequot Lakes, just off County Road 1 and nestled among acres of cattle and corn fields, is a small hobby farm with some unique residents.

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 6:03pm

A lifelong Brainerd lakes area resident, Mike Hemmerich remembers a time when his bus ride on State Highway 371 from Nisswa to Brainerd High School was nothing more than trees and lakes all the way to the old Paul Bunyan Land.

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 5:54pm

Pat Netko of Crosslake believes in the importance of community. Netko has been in Crosslake since 1997, but her community pride would make you think she was a native. She grew up in Laurens, Iowa, where she was raised with community involvement.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 6:03pm

Don Eveland is a member of one of Backus' founding families, so it might be no surprise that he resides now in Backus, though that was not always his intention. Eveland is a Backus native and number 12 of 14 siblings.

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 6:22pm

Mary Plein, of Ideal Township, resides at the center of the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway - literally and figuratively. She's involved in both the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association (PBSBA) and the Ideal Community Service Organization (ICSO).

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 5:23pm

Eloise Ryan, of Pine River, took on art at age 10, when she imitated paintings from her father's hunting magazines, freehand with a pencil.

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 5:29pm

For Mike Schwankl of Breezy Point, being a firefighter started as a way to give back and turned into a career.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 4:53pm

Rister was born in Montrose, Scotland. He was the oldest of six children born during their father's U.S. Navy career in various places including Morocco, Florida and Carleton, Mich.where the family eventually settled.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 6:07pm

More than 2,000 students across the state tried out for a spot in All State musical performing groups - and two Pequot Lakes students made the cut.

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 5:05pm

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