Friday, December 7, 2007


Writer and editor Craig Nagel came to the Lakes Area in the early 1970s and taught school for a couple of years when friends of his asked him to start a newspaper. Nagel was the founding editor and later owner of the Lake Country Echo and when he sold it, the new owners asked him if he would consider writing a column. He called it The Cracker Barrell and he said "26 years later and I picked out the best of some 600 columns." Nagel called the book A Place Called Home, "as Robert Frost put it, if you ask them, they have to take you in." Nagel was born in Chicago but developed a love for Northern Minnesota somehow. He said his dream was to "live inexpensively and write novels. I managed to live inexpensively but no novels published, yet." Nagel has written hundreds of essays and articles and is working on another novel. Get more information or order the book at or check out your local book store.

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