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Vogt's Notes: Celebrate summer with us at an old-fashioned picnic Aug. 15

This is our annual customer appreciation open house. We'll serve you complimentary hot dogs, chips and beverage. All you have to do is show up! We'd love to chat with you and find out what you love about the Echo Journal and what you think we could do better. Or just come to meet us.

We're having a summer picnic and you're invited!

Please come visit us between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, at the Echo Journal office on West Lake Street in Pequot Lakes. We're right behind the Oasis Center/Dairy Queen, near Pequot Lakes School.

This is our annual customer appreciation open house. We'll serve you complimentary hot dogs, chips and beverage. All you have to do is show up!

We'd love to chat with you and find out what you love about the Echo Journal and what you think we could do better. Or just come to meet us.

Have you heard of the Best of the Brainerd Lakes Contest? You have a few more weeks to cast your votes, and we'll offer you that opportunity at our open house as well.

Be sure to visit www.brainerddispatch.com/bestofbrainerdlakes to cast your votes - you can do so once a day through Aug. 21.

Vote for those nominated in such categories as best restaurant, drink, spa, newspaper, salon, dealership, contractor, etc. Nearly 15,000 nominations were cast, resulting in more than 1,800 nominees.

Voting officially opened July 2 (again, you can vote once a day!). At the end of voting, votes will be tallied and winners announced in a Best of the Brainerd Lakes Area magazine, which the Echo Journal and Brainerd Dispatch will publish in October.

So go cast your vote, and then be sure to come to our open house Aug. 15 to vote again. We'll have voting stations set up to make it easy.

We'd love to see you and find out what you think of your hometown newspaper, or we'd simply love to chat with you over a free lunch to express our appreciation for those in the communities we serve.

Loon center funding clarification

The Echo Journal recently reported that the proposed National Loon Center in Crosslake received $4 million in requested funding from the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources.

That isn't entirely accurate.

Rather, that commission recommended that the Legislature approve the $4 million in funding for a National Loon Center in Crosslake. We apologize for any confusion.

Funding for the loon center will be discussed at a Crosslakers-sponsored meeting from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, at Zorbaz in Crosslake.

The Legislature will consider that recommendation in the 2019 legislative session. If approved, the loon center funding would be available in July 2019.

Pequot Lakes Supervalu

Minnesota-based grocery retailer Supervalu - which is the wholesale supplier for Pequot Lakes Supervalu and Cub Foods in Baxter and Brainerd - recently sold to United Natural Foods of Rhode Island.

It's too early to know exactly what that means for the lakes area grocery stores, but Chris Quisberg, president of S&R Quisberg, Inc., which owns the local stores, said the stores are not closing.

Quisberg said it's too early to know what changes will take place.