Because of Brandon, Driving for Hospice canceled

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In an effort to keep everyone safe and healthy, Cuyuna Regional Medical Center canceled its annual fundraising events this summer.

Because of Brandon, the diabetes patient fundraiser held each July, is canceled. The planning committee made a tough decision as several of them knew Brandon Houge, whose memory the event honors, or have children and friends who are living with Type 1 diabetes. The group is passionate about raising funds for diabetes education and helping area patients and youth with diabetes in the surrounding communities and will continue do so long after the pandemic ends.

The Driving for Hospice gold tournament planned for early September is canceled. CRMC remains committed to raising funds to provide end-of-life care to hospice patients, fund supplies, medications and home equipment, and will continue to do so following this global health crisis.

Those who want to contribute to the funds may do so at any time by contacting Jennifer Podsiadly at or 218-545-4455.

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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