The bright side: April 12, 2020

Greta Hoefs, rural Pequot Lakes, stands near the window in her home where she and her mom, Angie Hoefs, hung hearts they'd cut out. Submitted Photo

As COVID-19 ramifications continue to affect each and every one of us, it's heartwarming to see photos of positive moments during turbulent times that include social distancing, school and business closures, and much more.

In spite of the dire situation outside, families, businesses and organizations are making the best of it from the inside, proving that people are still finding ways to live life in spite of uncertain times.

We encourage readers to submit photos of what they are doing during the COVID-19 pandemic to so we can share them.

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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