Happy Dancing Turtle offers virtual summer programs

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Happy Dancing Turtle in Pine River announces its virtual and at-home summer programming called Home Grown Stewards with three options to choose from.

Family Activity Kits

Receive instructions and materials for 10 activities to be completed at home over a month long period.

Daily Facebook Activities

A private Facebook group with nine themed weeks worth of activities that can be completed at home.


Eco Camp at Home

Campers will virtually meet with counselors daily and then have the rest of the day to complete activities and projects at home.

For more information and to register for any or all of these programs, visit or email

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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