Announcements: April 9, 2020


Groups and organizations can post their own announcements related to COVID-19 postponements and cancellations on the Pineandlakes Echo Journal website at .

Announcements are also welcome to be emailed to

Following are updates not yet reported in the Echo Journal print edition:

Easter egg hunts

Area Easter egg hunts scheduled Saturday, April 11, have been canceled. These include the annual hunts in Pine River, Pequot Lakes, Crosslake, Nisswa and Lake Shore.

Nisswa Garden Club

The Nisswa Garden Club has canceled all of its programs, meetings, etc., in April, with hopes to resume getting together in May.


Senior series

The Old Age is Not for Sissies 2.0-Stay on Top of Your Game senior series originally scheduled in April and May at Pine River United Methodist Church is canceled. The organizers hope to revisit this program next year.

Lakeshore Conservation Club

The Lakeshore Conservation Club suspended operations starting Friday morning, April 3, until further notice. All pistol, rifle and trap ranges are closed and the clubhouse is not open.

Run for the Lakes

The Brainerd Jaycees Run for the Lakes event will not be held Friday and Saturday, April 24-25, in Nisswa. Instead, a virtual run will be held where participants are encouraged to run the marathon, half marathon, relay, 10K, 5K, 1K or zero K the week of the event. A Facebook live start will take place at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 25. Online registration will end April 22. Runners can still register to receive a T-shirt in the mail. Race fees are nonrefundable.


The 2020 Nisswa-stämman Scandinavian Folk Music Festival has been canceled and rescheduled for June 11-12, 2021. This year’s festival was scheduled for Friday-Saturday, June 12-13.

Playgrounds, parks

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the governor's executive order, the city of Pequot Lakes has closed all playgrounds and the dog park until further notice.

People using parks, trails and open spaces are encouraged to follow social distancing guidelines.

Pine River Chamber events

The annual Pine River Chamber Spring Fundraiser, originally scheduled for Friday, May 15, has been postponed until September at the Pine River American Legion. The exact date will be announced later.

The Pine River Chamber Distinguished Service Award Banquet will be part of the annual Go Pine River Banquet scheduled Monday, Oct. 12, at Bites Grill & Bar. The Distinguished Service Award Banquet was originally scheduled for Monday, May 11.


It remains to be seen if any changes will be made in the weekly Duck Races, scheduled to begin Friday, June 19. Discussions will be ongoing depending on the situation at that time.

Chamber Executive Director John Westrosky reminds people that not all businesses in Pine River are closed. Essential businesses are still open and doing business.

“Please keep that in mind as it is now more important than ever to support these businesses and the others as they come back on line when this virus passes, as it will,” Wetrosky said in an email.

BLACF events

The Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation announced the Brainerd Lakes Area Women’s Fund Women Making Waves is rescheduled from April 14 to 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, at Grand View Lodge in Nisswa. People who already bought tickets or sponsored a table will have their tickets automatically apply to the new date, unless the organization is notified differently.

The BLACF’s annual Award in Philanthropy celebration is postponed from July 9 to a date to be determined.

Crow Wing HHW facility

Due to the recent outbreak of COVID-19, the Crow Wing County household hazardous waste facility will be closed until further notice to assist in the prevention of the spread of this virus and to protect the health and well-being of citizens.

For questions or concerns, contact the solid waste office at 218-824-1290.

Scam alert

The Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce reported it received news that companies are receiving messages with in the email subject, text, etc. and that this is a scam that the U.S. Small Business Administration is investigating.


The chamber advises people to be especially wary of any offer of assistance, special promotions, etc. Verify all offers by contacting a reputable organization, and never share personal or financial information.

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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