Letter to the Editor: LARJP celebrating successful year


The Lakes Area Restorative Justice Project is bringing to a close what has been an extraordinary year; perhaps the best year since its founding in 2004. There has been a 50% increase in the number of cases referred to LARJP for intervention. We recently added seven volunteers to what is now a roster of 17 trained facilitators and two new board members.

We successfully applied for and received four major grants, including a grant and recognition as the statewide nonprofit of the year by the Minnesota Electric Co-ops.

Most importantly, our efforts to "repair the harm and build the community" have inspired young people and the community to realize that good things can come from mistakes when people care enough to bring all the players together, acknowledge the harm done and agree to make amends.

We sincerely appreciate all who have helped LARJP write this year's success story, but we want to especially thank the Pineandlakes Echo Journal for the exceptional coverage we've had this year. The quality and quantity of the coverage we've had was a great example of the value the printed word has in building community.

It takes the positive ripples of "what goes around, comes around" and makes them into waves. LARJP looks forward to its best year ever in 2020, "repairing the harm and building the community" with your continued support and encouragement.


John F. McGee,


Lakes Area Restorative Justice Project

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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