Pequot Lakes: Timeless Appeal, Celtic Cottage, Country Financial win lighting contest

Community Action of Pequot Lakes sponsors business holiday lighting contest

Timeless Appeal of Pequot Lakes won the annual business lighting contest for a cool $300 prize. Submitted Photo

Timeless Appeal on the corner of Rasmussen Road and Main Street in Pequot Lakes is the official winner of the business lighting contest, earning a cool $300 prize. Cathy Malecha owns the business.

Celtic Cottage, next to the Jack Pine Center on Main Street and owned by Susan Hardy, took second place and a $150 prize. Country Financial, at the south end of Government Drive with representative Aundra Erickson, won $50 in third place.

Celtic Cottage was selected for second place in the Pequot Lakes Business Lighting contest. Submitted Photo

The businesses received their prizes from Santa on Saturday, Dec. 12.


Community Action of Pequot Lakes sponsors the annual Business Decorating Contest to help spread holiday cheer.

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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