Ice Tee Open raises $45,000 for Camp Knutson

Participants had great weather to golf nine holes plowed on the ice of Moonlite Bay on Cross Lake in annual event.

Lots of people took advantage of a nice winter day Saturday, Feb. 27, to golf nine holes on the ice of Moonlite Bay to help raise money for campers at Camp Knutson at the annual Ice Tee Open. Nancy Vogt / Echo Journal

Golfers enjoyed pleasant temperatures and warm sunshine while playing a 9-hole course on the ice Saturday, Feb. 27, during the 20th annual Ice Tee Open on Moonlite Bay in Crosslake.

The event raised $45,000 for camperships for kids to come to Camp Knutson.

The Woods Landscaping helped construct the golf holes on the ice at Moonlite Bay Family Restaurant & Bar.

Joan Erdman, Pequot Lakes, hits a golf ball out of a snowbank while Brenda Anderson, of Owatonna with a home in Pequot Lakes, watches Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Ice Tee Open on Moonlite Bay on Cross Lake. Nancy Vogt / Echo Journal


The silent auction, split pot raffle, and hole in one contest also brought great energy throughout the day. New this year was the goal in one contest on the bay’s skating rink.

This family friendly event, sponsored by Moonlite Bay Family Restaurant, is a fundraiser for Camp Knutson. Camp Knutson is a camp for individuals with autism, skin conditions, heart disease, Down syndrome, burn survivors and families impacted by HIV/Aids and more.

There were 50 $500 Club Members this year, donors who each committed to a $500 gift to kick off the event; many businesses sponsoring each hole; generous community members who donated silent auction items; and numerous event volunteers who made the day possible.

Pete Anderson, of Owatonna with a home in Pequot Lakes, hits a golf ball out of the a snowbank on the ice of Moonlite Bay at the Ice Tee Open fundraising event. Nancy Vogt / Echo Journal

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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