Looking Back: Jan. 24, 2020

40 years ago, Jan. 24, 1980

The Pequot Lakes boys’ basketball team fell 61-52 to the Backus Wolverines on a Friday night, but followed that with a 72-65 victory over Pine River on Monday.

Seventeen area girls prepare to compete in the annual Miss Nisswa Pageant.

30 years ago, Jan. 25, 1990

Construction on Ideal Township’s new town hall is nearing completion.


A beaver dam broke on Meyer Lake near Manhattan Beach, flooding a portion of County Road 6 in the process.

20 years ago, Jan. 27, 2000

The Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza sees 10,187 participants, with only a small portion of that number catching any fish. A 9-pound walleye was the winning fish.

Pequot Lakes’ second water tower is erected on the south end of town.

10 years ago, Jan. 28, 2010

Science teacher Sue Sergent is named Pequot Lakes Teacher of the Year.

Furniture North in Nisswa closes its doors permanently after 50 years citing several reasons, including the poor economy.

- Compiled by Dan Determan, Staff Writer

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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