More good deeds in trying times

Following are a few good deeds by area organizations in these trying times.

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Nisswa firefighters

After learning of other departments doing this good deed, the Nisswa Fire Department thought, “Wow, what an awesome idea. We need to do the same!” according to a Facebook post. The post went on to explain:

“Do you have a young one with a birthday coming up? With social distancing and staying at home, birthday celebrations for our kids might be a little tough. We’d love to help. Contact us and we can set up a time to bring one of our fire trucks to your house and provide your young one with a lights and siren birthday salute. Of course with everyone distancing, we won’t be able to provide any rides or walk-throughs, but hopefully we can bring a smile to your child on their special day.”


Fire Chief Shawn Bailey said the department plans this undertaking through May 15 and is targeting ages 16 and younger, and 90 and older. The geographic area is the department’s main coverage area of Nisswa, Lake Shore, Lake Edward Township and Merrifield.

For more information or to schedule a visit, email or look for the department’s post on Facebook.

“Unfortunately we can’t do this for everyone,” the Facebook post says. “If you’re out of our first due area and still interested, we recommend reaching out to your local fire department. All of us firefighters love helping our communities, so chances are good they will do the same. Just tell them Nisswa Fire sent you.”

Crosslake Cares

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Crosslake Cares offers a call-in help line for Crosslake area seniors and those who help them who have questions about the coronavirus. Call 218-513-0131 for nonmedical and non-emergency questions from 1-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

A Crosslake Cares volunteer will answer questions directly or will refer the caller to a source that can answer the questions.

For more information, visit .

TLC Delivers

The TLC Delivers service continues at the Log Church in Crosslake. This service provides a way for local businesses and restaurants to deliver meals and essentials to people’s doorstep. Place and pay for your order (minimum of $50) with any participating businesses or restaurants, and they will contact TLC Delivers to have it delivered to your doorstep. For a list of participants, visit, under “About” click on “COVID Response” and scroll down to TLC Delivers. Current participants include Valeri Ann’s Family Foods, Moonlite Bay, Andy’s, Grand Champion Meats, Maucieri’s, Crosslake Drug and Crosslake Ace Hardware.


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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