Santa stops at Nisswa American Legion

Drive-thru event promotes spirit of the season

Santa Claus visits with a little girl during the drive-thru event Sunday, Dec. 6, at the Nisswa American Legion. Submitted Photo

The Nisswa American Legion Auxiliary hosted a drive-thru Santa event Sunday, Dec. 6, where Santa and Mrs. Claus visited children in each car driving up to the Nisswa American Legion. Some children gave Santa their wish list.

Each child present received a stocking while available. When the stockings ran out, goodies were given out in grocery bags, which also ran out, leaving Santa with candy canes, oranges and apples to distribute. Hungry kids also received a hot dog.

Organizers said there seemed to be a never-ending line of cars with the first carload coming from Milaca. Organizers estimated nearly 200 cars drove through the event.

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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