Hot dish mystery novelist is guest speaker in Hackensack

Author Jeanne Cooney writes mystery novels combined with recipe books.

Jeanne Cooney wrote the "Hot Dish Cozy Mystery Series" a series of books which are part mystery novel, part recipe book. Contributed / Northwoods Arts Council

Jeanne Cooney, the author of the Hot Dish Cozy Mystery Series, was a featured speaker recently at the Hackensack Hub in collaboration with Northwoods Arts Council in Hackensack.

Jeanne entertained the audience with her Scandanavian humor and up north folksy style. She had on hand her three books from the series and cookbooks to sell. Hotdishes and bars were donated and enjoyed by all. At the end of the luncheon, Sue Larson, president of Hackensack Lions, presented Northwoods Arts Council with a check for $1,888.00 proceeds from the July pancake breakfast.

The Northwoods Arts Council's event in Hackensack featured not only hotdish, but author Jeanne Cooney who writes mystery novels which include recipes for hotdish. Contributed / Northwoods Arts Council


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.

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