Area Births: Feb. 28-March 13, 2021

A listing of area birth announcements from Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd and Lakewood Health System in Staples

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Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center, Brainerd

Garrett and Kara Heglund, Nisswa, a boy, Oliver Gunter, 8 pounds, 11 ounces, Feb. 28, 2021. Grandparents are Kathy Jo Heglund, Crosby, and Gary and Gina Tank, Brainerd.

Lawrence and Katrina Mills, Emily, a girl, Renae Lenore, 6 pounds, 8 ounces, March 3, 2021. Grandparents are Dave Mills, Aitkin, Colette Thomas, Aitkin, and Steve and Carolyn Wymore, Nisswa.

Lakewood Health System, Staples

Bobbie Van Horn and David McBride, Nisswa, a girl, Alice Jo, 6 pounds, 10 ounces, March 12, 2021.


Karlie and Brandon Larson, Lake Shore, a boy, Boden Gaines, 7 pounds, 11 ounces, March 13, 2021.

Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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