Vogt’s Notes: Have you checked out our e-paper yet?

E-edition is an exact replica of the print edition, with added pages of state, national, international, sports and entertainment stories and photos and is free for you to access and try out until Sept. 7, 2020

Screen grabs of the Echo Journal e-paper for Aug. 19, 2020.

You go online to Facebook to check up on friends and family. You go online to order items from tools to housewares to clothes to be delivered to your home. You go online to YouTube to listen to songs or watch videos.

Have you gone online to read your Echo Journal e-paper yet?

If not, I highly encourage you to do so. OK, I’ll even whine: Pleeeaaase give our e-paper a try!

If you already subscribe to the Echo Journal, access to the e-paper is included with your subscription at no additional cost. But you need to set up a digital account by visiting to connect your print and digital accounts.

I admit, I’m still the type of person who likes to read a print newspaper spread out across the coffee table in my living room. It’s what I’ve been doing for more than 30 years.


But for the past several years I’ve been accessing the e-edition online for the Echo Journal and Brainerd Dispatch when I’m out of town. The best thing about an e-newspaper - besides being able to access it no matter where you are - is it’s an exact replica of the print edition but in a digital format.

Let me repeat that: It’s an exact replica of the print edition.

You still flip through the pages to see the ads and stories and page design, with an added benefit in that you can zoom in on an ad or story on a page to enlarge the text.

(Psssst: If you are looking for Erma, the photo of a black cat we hide in our pages each week - usually, but not always, in a photo - this zoom feature helps to be able to find her.)

You might wonder why you should read our weekly newspaper online when you get the print edition delivered to your home every Wednesday. I thought the same thing.

Again, I urge you to give the e-paper a try. You’ll find bonus pages featuring state, national, international, sports, business and entertainment news. Those are pages you won’t find in your print edition of our local weekly newspaper. I’ve found I really enjoy them, even if I just scan the headlines.

It’s easy to find our e-paper on our website. Simply to go and click on the yellow “E-PAPER” button at the top right of the page. You can’t miss it. Go ahead, give it a try now.

Page through the edition and find those extra pages tacked on at the end. Those bonus pages are available many days of the week, not just Wednesdays with the Echo Journal. So be sure to visit our e-paper every day to see what’s new in the state and world.


If you’re looking for the Echo Journal and it doesn’t immediately fill your screen when you click on “E-PAPER,” go to the three lines at the top right (menu) and click "Archive" to pick which edition or other Forum Communications "Extra" pages you'd like to read.

By activating your digital membership - again, you can do so at no charge if you are a print subscriber - you can also read all other Forum Communications newspapers online, including the Brainerd Dispatch.

If you need a little assistance to activate or start a digital membership, or if you have any questions, contact our circulation department at 218-855-5897 or email .

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

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Nancy Vogt, PineandLakes Echo Journal Editor

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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