Candidate forums set in Pequot Lakes, Nisswa, Crosslake

Due to COVID-19 concerns, attendees may participate in person or online.

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Lakes area voters will have the opportunity to hear directly from local candidates by attending a series of forums over the next month, courtesy of area chambers of commerce, the League of Women Voters and the Brainerd Dispatch.

Chamber partners include those representing the Brainerd Lakes, Crosslake, Cuyuna Lakes, Nisswa and Pequot Lakes areas. The Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation also helped to fund online broadcasting.

All events are free to attend and open to the public. Organizers will follow all safety rules related to face coverings, room capacity and social distancing. Audiences may submit written questions to the candidates.

People may choose to attend the events or view them live on Facebook. To manage attendance, RSVPs are requested for certain forums. For more information, visit or call Colleen Dols at the Brainerd Lakes Chamber at 218-822-7107.

The following forums are scheduled:


  • Pequot Lakes mayor and city council: 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21, Breezy Point Resort, Minnesota Room (first floor). Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Maximum capacity is 75 people. Register to attend to secure a seat.
  • Nisswa mayor and city council: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, Nisswa Community Center. No RSVP required.
  • Crosslake mayor and city council: 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, Crosslake Community Center. Register to secure a seat.
  • State Senate and House of Representatives: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, Gull Lake Center at Grand View Lodge, Nisswa. Register to secure a seat.
  • Brainerd School Board: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, The Woods Event Center, Merrifield. Register to secure a seat.
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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