Crosslake Days: Riverwood Bank chili is people's choice

Annual Crosslake Event featured fall fun

Hungry visitors line up at Pine Peaks in Crosslake to try their entry into the annual chili cookoff at the Saturday, Sept. 25 Crosslake Days celebration. Travis Grimler / Echo Journal

Riverwood Bank was selected as the people's choice first place winner in the annual Crosslake Days Chili Cookoff on Saturday, Sept. 25 in Crosslake. Coming in second was Changing Strides Therapy with third place going to the US Army Corps of Engineers/Crosslake Campground. Judges choice went to repeat winners Andy's Bar and Grill with second going to Zorbaz and third at Outlet Recreation.

Chili was a perfect treat for a day that fluctuated between brisk and warm. The cook-off was only one of several contests. After just two clues, Bill Leaden found the lost chilli pepper near Ace Hardware.

There was also the second annual Knights of Columbus cornhole tournament, won by Roger Iskerka and Will Backe with Jay Reddemann and Tyler Holliday coming in second and Sandy Schwartz and Jeff Bar bringing up third place.

Lilly Kroeger and Joey Kroeger make smores at the Crosslake Corps of Engineers Campground at the Saturday, Sept. 25 Crosslake Days celebration. Travis Grimler / Echo Journal


At the same time, yet another tournament was taking place on the community pickleball courts. Melissa Genereaux and Mike Haglund took first place in the novice category with Linda Rasmussen and Bill Perkl in second and Gary Patrick and Karla Fredrickson in third.

Sherry Hill and Phil McDonald came in on top of the intermediate/advanced level. with second place going to Saur and Whalen. Tad Sonneman and Liz Rave won third.

In the Advanced division Dick Burns and Maureen Dolan took first with Jean Caouette and Patrick Schmitz in second and Chris Pajaka nd Kim Ebert taking third.

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!
What To Read Next
A look back in history from past issues of the Lake Country Echo weekly newspaper
A look at the past from the pages of the Pine River Journal weekly newspaper
Guest of honor was retiring Scoutmaster Denton Newman Jr.
Thursday-Saturday, February 2-4, 2023