Ripsaws to Rafters rescheduled July 7, 14

Ollie Skurdahl's "Ripsaws to Rafters" has been rescheduled to July 7 and 14 after being postponed due to extreme temperatures on June 9. Skurdahl will tell a history of logging in two sessions. Part one will be given on Wednesday, July 7 and part two will be given on Wednesday, July 14. Both programs will begin at 7 p.m. at the Crosslake Historic Log Village Learning Livery. Urdahl will lead an imaginary walk with into the virgin forests around Cross Lake that in 1890 touched the sky with the sound of ripsaws cutting into the massive white and red pine trees and which would crack just before the shouts of "timber" from the lumberjacks. This program is sponsored by the Crosslake Area Historical Society. Admission of $5 will be charged.

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Presenter Ollie Skurdahl will share the history of Crosslake's logging past. Submitted Photo (June 2021)
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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