The bright side: April 24, 2020

These tables with various items and cheerful sign greets people on the corner of North Washington Avenue and Oriole Street in Pequot Lakes. Nancy Vogt / Echo Journal

Looking around lakes area communities, we’re seeing a lot of windows with colorful cutout hearts among many other signs of togetherness during the COVID-19 pandemic. We appreciate those people who have opened our eyes to many different ideas of hope during trying times, including those shown here.

We encourage readers to submit photos showing a bright side to today’s world 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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