COVID-19 Announcements


Groups and organizations can post their own announcements related to COVID-19 postponements and cancellations on the Pineandlakes Echo Journal website at .

Announcements are also welcome to be emailed to

Following are updates not yet reported in the Echo Journal print edition:

Grassroots Concerts

Grassroots Concerts, Nisswa, has canceled its remaining spring concerts with Ellis on April 10 and John Gorka on May 1.

“We hope to reschedule these artists in our fall 2020 season,” said Dawn Stattine, artistic director.


For more about nonprofit, all-volunteer Grassroots Concerts, visit or see the series Facebook page.

Nisswa Women’s Club

The Nisswa Womens Club’s luncheon for April has been canceled.

The club was scheduled to collect donations for the food shelf last month, and that luncheon meeting was canceled. It is suggested that people still donate to their local food shelf if possible.

For more information, call Arlene Brodeur at 218-963-6063, visit the club’s Facebook page

or visit

Race for the Cure

The Susan G. Komen Brainerd Lakes Race for the Cure Committee decided that in view of the increasing threat of COVID-19, a physical event cannot be held this year for the safety and

health of participants, volunteers and sponsors. That event was scheduled Saturday, June 27, in Pequot Lakes.

Instead, the local group will partner with its parent affiliate, Susan G. Komen Minnesota, to field a Brainerd lakes team for the virtual 28th annual Susan G. Komen Twin Cities Race for the Cure on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 10.


Race information and registration details are available at When registering, choose to join a team and select the “Brainerd Lakes Team” from the list. All race T-shirts and bibs will be mailed this year.

Corps of Engineers

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, has closed all visitor centers, beaches and project offices to the public to protect against the further spread of COVID-19.

Most day use areas, boat ramps and trails will remain open and available. Contact the local office for availability.

Unopened corps campgrounds within the St. Paul District will have an indefinite delay in their previously advertised seasonal openings. Individuals with paid camping reservations will be contacted by email and full refunds will automatically be processed by with no cancellation fees.

Individuals should not contact to request a refund as that will lead to a cancellation fee being charged.

This closure also cancels corps-sponsored events, interpretive programs, dam tours and site visits scheduled through May 11.

For up-to-date information on modifications, closures or other restrictions related to St. Paul District areas, visit

Travis Grimler began work at the Echo Journal Jan. 2 of 2013 while the publication was still split in two as the Pine River Journal and Lake Country Echo. He is a full time reporter/photographer/videographer for the paper and operates primarily out of the northern stretch of the coverage area (Hackensack to Jenkins).
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