Good deeds in bad times


Following are a few good deeds by area organizations in these unprecedented times.

If you have any such stories to share, email so we can share uplifting news with our readers.


Helping the vulnerable

The Nisswa Police Department posted the following on Facebook: Out of concern for the vulnerable living in our community, the Nisswa Police Department is accepting names of those that may need extra attention. This would include the elderly that live alone and do not have family in the area or those with disabilities. In an attempt to limit face to face contact, we will initially try to make contact by telephone. If that fails, we will go to their residence and make contact to check their status.

Please feel free to contact the Nisswa Police Department by phone or email. Please provide name and address of those you have concerns about as well as a phone number and health status if known. The Nisswa Police Department is here with you, and for you.


NPD phone number 218-963-4301

NPD general email:

Supporting local businesses

Community Action of Pequot Lakes posted this on Facebook: Let’s have some fun and support our local businesses that always support our community! Here is a Facebook contest that we are going to hold weekly while we are going through this challenging time. We have not decided how long we will do this weekly contest but we will keep you posted!

Here is how the contest works. Each week we will be giving away two $50 gift cards while featuring our fabulous local businesses. All you have to do is like our post, share it and comment, I want to win! On Monday we will pick the two winners at random and announce them!

Last week Community Action offered a $50 gift certificate from Salon Couture and $50 gift certificate from Joe’s Pizza.

Donations appreciated

Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby received hundreds of masks, cases of hand sanitizer, numerous web cams and various other donations last week along with many personal cards and letters of encouragement and appreciation.

“We are so grateful for the outpouring of support from the community,” CRMC’s Charitable Fund Coordinator Jennifer Podsiadly said in a news release. “The notes of encouragement have kept our spirits up, and because of very generous community members we are able to continue providing safe health care for area residents during these trying times.”

The donations included 148 handsewn masks; 771 N-95 masks; 465 isolation masks; 30 knitted prayer shawls with prayer books and handmade wood crosses; 16 web cams; cases of hand sanitizer for dispensers; artwork, cards and gift cards for Care Center residents; and food, many letters and cards for staff.


For answers to any donation questions or to make a donation, contact Podsiadly at

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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