PR-B Scouts lend a helping hand

Scoutmaster Denton Newman Jr. and Scout Hudson Good fill a bag in one of the ditches along Highway 371. Submitted Photo

Scouts from Central Minnesota Council Boy Scouts of America Troop 73 Pine River-Backus were busy Thursday afternoon, May 28, helping their community.

First, they picked up the roughly 330 American flags they had placed on veterans' graves the week before for Pine River American Legion Post #613's Memorial Day services at Pine Ridge Cemetery in Pine River.

Then the Scouts cleaned the ditches of their two-mile Adopt-A-Highway stretch of Highway 371 from Pine River to Wilson Junction.

The 20 volunteers included 12 Scouts and leaders along with eight siblings, parents and friends. They collected about 23 bags of litter and highway debris that had accumulated in the highway ditches since their fall 2019 pick.

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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