Crosslake goes green for St. Patrick's Day 2021

Lake Country Crafts & Cones, Les and Kat Mahowald win Yardi Pardi Decorating Contest for most enthusiastic decorations; hundreds participate in Lucky Leprechaun Amazing Race

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With the temperatures reaching 56 degrees, people enjoy ice cream outdoors, in front of Lake Country Crafts & Cones which was trimmed with St. Patrick's day decorations for the Yardi Party Decorating Contest. The business won Most Enthusiastic Business Award for their decorations. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch

There was no organized parade for the second year, but Crosslake still celebrated St. Patrick's Day on Friday and Saturday, March 12-13, when the chamber hosted Crosslake St. Patrick's Day Shenanigans.

Events included the Yardi Pardi business and residential decorating contest and the Lucky Leprechaun Amazing Race.

More than a dozen businesses decorated their buildings' exteriors, with Lake Country Crafts & Cones winning the most enthusiastic award. Three residences signed up for the contest, with Les and Kat Mahowald's home taking top honors.

Hundreds of people participated in the Lucky Leprechaun Amazing Race, which was created to give businesses an economic boost. Participants downloaded an app and traveled around the Crosslake area to locate businesses and landmarks, complete missions and earn points.


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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