Ashlee Crawford is crowned Miss Pine River 2022 at scholarship pageant

Seven compete for titles April 9

Miss Pine River Ashlee Crawford
Ashlee Crawford will reign as Miss Pine River through 2022 after being crowned April 9, 2022, in the Pine River-Backus High School gym.
Nancy Vogt / Echo Journal

PINE RIVER — Ashlee Crawford, a Pine River-Backus High School junior, was crowned Miss Pine River on Saturday, April 9, at the 43rd annual scholarship pageant held in the high school gym.

Hannah Barchus, also a PR-B junior, will reign as First Princess along with Shailyn Butricks, a PR-B senior, as Second Princess.

Miss Pine River royalty for 2022
Crowned April 9, 2022, in the Pine River-Backus High School gym were First Princess Hannah Barchus, left, Miss Pine River Ashlee Crawford, Second Princess Shailyn Butricks and Miss Congeniality Joselin Sexton.
Nancy Vogt / Echo Journal

The seven contestants chose PR-B junior Joselin Sexton as Miss Congeniality.

Other candidates were PR-B juniors Leah Crannell, Kiera Scovel and Debren Popkes.

Miss Pine River candidates, committee members and master of ceremonies
From left are Miss Pine River candidates Kiera Scovel, Debren Popkes, Leah Crannell, First Princess Hannah Barchus, Miss Pine River Ashlee Crawford, Second Princess Shailyn Butricks, Miss Congeniality Joselin Sexton, committee members Jacki Kline, Gretchen Koering and Renee Stranne, and master of ceremonies Jay Cline.
Nancy Vogt / Echo Journal

Look for the complete story and more photos in the April 13 Echo Journal and on


Find a KLICK! photo gallery from the pageant on Sunday afternoon, April 10.

Nancy Vogt, editor, may be reached at 218-855-5877 or Follow her on Facebook and on Twitter at

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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