Tuck-A-Way Resort wins two lighting contest prizes

Resort is one of several places to visit for Christmas lights

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Tuck-A-Way Resort is a surprising gem hidden in the woods, and the winner of both the most lights category and best use of lights category in the Pine River Chamber of Commerce lighting contest. Travis Grimler / Echo Journal

Tuck-A-Way Resort outside of Pine River on Lake Hattie Drive Northwest was selected by a panel of judges on Wednesday, Dec. 16, to receive not only the Pine River Chamber of Commerce's award for most lights, but also the best use of lights award, netting the resort a prize of $300 total in the business category.

Those who visit will have no doubt why Tuck-A-Way ran away with both top prizes. The resort owner decorated all nine cabins and much of the green space with lights, hard plastic snowmen, inflatables and Nativity scenes. Most cabins have their own lighting theme visible from the circle drive that runs through the resort.

The owner said he has long been decorating the cabins there for his mother, who enjoys the lights.

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Doug Pflugshaupt's realty office was selected for third place for best use of lights in the 2020 Pine River Chamber lighting contest. Travis Grimler / Echo Journal


Tuck-A-Way is a new entrant to this year's contest along with Dan Pflugshaupt's new realty office in the former Ted Lundrigan Law Office space. Sherwood Florist once again placed in the contest with a $100 win for second place in best use of lights with Pflugshaupt's office winning $50 for third in that category.

River Fitness won second place for most lights, netting $100 in prizes followed by Trussworthy Components in third with $50.

Muriel Erickson was the sole entrant to the residential category, winning $150.

The home of city council member Tony DeSanto was also the winner of the people's choice award, winning $50.

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Muriel Erickson was the sole entrant to the residential lighting category in the Pine River Chamber lighting contest, however, her display would have been a contender for the award even with competition often incorporating sound and motion into the show. Travis Grimler / Echo Journal

Travis Grimler may be reached at 218-855-5853 or Follow him on Facebook and on Twitter at


Travis Grimler began work at the Echo Journal Jan. 2 of 2013 while the publication was still split in two as the Pine River Journal and Lake Country Echo. He is a full time reporter/photographer/videographer for the paper and operates primarily out of the northern stretch of the coverage area (Hackensack to Jenkins).
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