'Love Our Lakes' photo campaign underway


The Northern Waters Land Trust has launched a social media campaign to promote positivity about the lakes in northern Minnesota.

The organization encourages individuals to share their favorite picture depicting why they love our lakes on the organization’s Facebook page between now and July 15. Eligible participants will be put into a drawing for one of five prize packages, each valued at approximately $50 and coming from local businesses.

Additionally, if the participant mentions a lake association or similar organization in the four-county area, that organization has a chance to win a $500 conservation grant. The more times an organization is mentioned, the more chances it gets.

To learn more about the campaign and rules for participating, check out Northern Waters Land Trust Facebook page.

Northern Waters Land Trust, formerly the Leech Lake Area Watershed Foundation, is a nonprofit charitable 501(c)(3) organization working in north central Minnesota in the counties of Cass, Crow Wing, Hubbard, and Aitkin. For more information, go to .

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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