Births: Dec. 19-30, 2019

Photo illustration, Metro Creative Graphics, Inc.

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

Jeffrey and Shelly Billman, East Gull Lake, a girl, Brielle Christine, 8 pounds, 1 ounce, Dec. 19, 2019. Grandparents are Linda Murray, Brainerd, Mitch and Sherri Billman, Brainerd, and Patrick and Deanna Rubbelke, Baxter.

Joanna and Jared Griffin, Crosslake, a girl, Kacey Rae, 7 pounds, 1 ounce, Dec. 20, 2019. Grandparents are Mark and Teri Jorgensen, Littleton, Colorado, and Al and Colleen Griffin, Peosta, Iowa.

Miranda Mueller and Taylor Dowling, Pine River, a girl, Hazel Rose Dowling, 6 pounds, 13 ounces, Dec. 26, 2019. Grandparents are Jackie Mueller, Glenwood City, Wisconsin, Ricky Lucas, Glenwood City, Wisconsin, and Sarah and Matt Barnum, Emily.

Heather Stottlemire and Eli Thundershield, Backus, a girl, Ekcho Maize Thundershield, 8 pounds, 2 ounces, Dec. 28, 2019. Grandparents are Andela Stottlemire and Bud Wynn, Staples, and Roger and Mary Thundershield, Pine River. Great-grandparents are Roman and Clair Primus, Long Prairie, and Ken and JoAnn Stottlemire, Ironton.


Justin and Mackenzie Muhvihill, Pine River, a boy, Abel Patrick, 8 pounds, 5 ounces, Dec. 30, 2019. Grandparents are Tracy and LaRae Risk, Pine River.

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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