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Restaurant proprietor Tony Maucieri is a familiar face in Crosslake. He once owned and operated the Echo Ridge Supper Club and is now an owner of Maucieri's Italian Bistro, Bar & Deli on County Road 3. Photo by Chelsey Perkins

Leap of faith forever changed a family and their new hometown 

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.

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Butcher takes home Miss Pine River crown

Pine River-Backus (PR-B) senior Danielle Butcher took home the title of 2014 Miss Pine River and a $1,000 scholarship at "A Note-Able Evening" at PR-B High School.
Chelsey Perkins

Leap of faith forever changed a family and their new hometown

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.
Chelsey Perkins

Crosslake senior - and his tomatoes - thrive on sunshine

Adolph "Bill" Becker can't wait to get his hands dirty again. With a light snow falling through the window behind him on an April afternoon, Becker enthused about tomatoes and the sunshine.
Chelsey Perkins

Talented students, community artists showcase artwork at school festival

Student and community artists demonstrated their skills and showcased their artwork at the 32nd annual Festival of the Arts at Pequot Lakes High School on Thursday, April 3.
Chelsey Perkins

Minnesota's seasons on ice

The Breezy Point Figure Skating Club and Academy held its spring show Saturday, April 5, at the Breezy Point Ice Arena.
Chelsey Perkins

Doucette got a little help from his friends

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.
Travis Grimler

Lions and doughnuts and pageants OH MY!

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.
Travis Grimler

Fifty Lakes city clerk loves her job, small town life

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.
Chelsey Perkins

Crosslake Clover Dash 5K chilly but spirited

Runners from near and far broke out their best green attire for the first Clover Dash 5K on Saturday, March 15, in Crosslake Town Square. The race was part of Crosslake's 40th annual St.
Chelsey Perkins

Moonlite Bay wins judges' choice award

Despite a cold wind Saturday, March 15, parade-goers line the streets of Crosslake for the 40th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade & Celebration under a sunny sky.

Jenkins woman finds peace in junking, traveling and meditation

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.
Chelsey Perkins

Authorship comes from years of living

Born and raised in a family they say was too poor for books, who would have ever guessed that Bennie Burk and his sisters, Arlean Rosemore and Yvonne Bush, would become authors of multiple books? They were three of nine...
Travis Grimler

It's a jungle out there!

The Pequot Lakes PTA hosted its annual carnival with a jungle safari theme Friday, March 7, at Eagle View Elementary School.

PR-B celebrates Family Fun Night

Families turned out Friday, March 7, to celebrate Family Fun Night in the Pine River-Backus School commons area. The event featured food, games, bingo, raffle items and the Big Basket Chance.

PR-B students Read Across America with adults

Parents, grandparents and caring adults gathered to read with Pine River-Backus Elementary School students for the annual Read Across America day on Friday, March 7. Read Across America celebrates Dr.

Young actor relishes all kinds of roles

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.
Katie Morford

Find Your Charm in Crosslake" at the 40th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade & Celebration!

You don't have to be Irish to appreciate all the excitement associated with this decades-long tradition.

First-ever Clover Dash 5K to be run March 15

Don green apparel for the Clover Dash 5K, which will make its debut at the Crosslake St. Patrick's Day festivities Saturday, March 15. The 3.1-mile northwoods loop will be begin and end at Crosslake Town Square. Registration will be from 7...

Crosslake woman puts her community first

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...

Pot O' Gold Treasure Hunt

Thursday, March 13, through Saturday, March 15, clues for the Pot O' Gold Treasure will be available at local merchants and posted daily at 9 a.m. at

Crosslake Fire Department pancake breakfast slated March 15 at Crosslake Lutheran Church

The Crosslake Fire Department will host its annual St. Patrick's Day pancake breakfast from 7:30-11:30 a.m., Saturday March 15, at Crosslake Lutheran Church (35960 County Road 66 ) with kids coloring activity and beads for all the kids.

Raffle prizes

Purchase a raffle ticket for a chance to win prizes and show your Blinkie Button for deals and discounts all over town. Then mark your calendar and attend the Raffle Drawing Party at 6 p.m.

'Find Your Charm in Crosslake' at St. Patrick's Day celebration

The 40th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade and Celebration kicked off Friday, March 7, in Crosslake with the Ms. Blarney and Mr. Malarkey Pageant at Manhattan's at Manhattan Beach Lodge, and St.

For Maple township elk farmer, faith and family are key

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.
Chelsey Perkins

Be part of the fight against cancer

My brothers and I thought our dad was an alien long before there was a car commercial where the little girl states the same.


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