Knippel elected Crosslake Ideal Lions Club president

Club meets in person, though Zoom is still an online option

Screenshot from the Crosslake Ideal Lions Club website homepage.

The Crosslake Ideal Lions Club had its first 2021 face-to-face meeting recently at Maucieri's, coupled with online Zoom accessibility.

The club reported a good turnout, allowing members to plan for new events and activities.

Jeremy Knippel was elected as the new club president. Board members will be elected in April.

A new event was planned as a replacement for the traditional Easter egg hunt, and it includes a drive-thru option or an egg hunt and maze game. This event will be held outdoors Saturday, April 3, at the Crosslake Ideal Lions picnic shelter and outdoor play area at the community center. Preregistration is required b y calling 763-670-1888 or emailing

Donations recently were made to the Crosslake/Ideal Scholarship Fund, Bridges of Hope, Crosslake Food Shelf and the Crosslake School trap team.


A new, upcoming activity will be initiating a Diaper Drive (both adult and infant) driven by community donations. They will be collected at drop-off locations that are to be determined. Donations will then be given to local homeless shelters, women's shelters, schools and food shelves. More specific information will be published in early April.

Music in the Park will resume upon state approval as will the annual fishing tournament.

Those interested in joining the Crosslake Ideal Lions Club should email blhansen68@gmail or call 612-760-5669.

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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