Backus Legion to host drive-thru event for kids Dec. 12

Elves will give gifts to kids ages 10 and under

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The Backus American Legion will host a drive-thru Christmas event for kids ages 10 and under starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Legion.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there, and their elves will hand out gifts while supplies last.

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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