Nancy Vogt


Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, covering eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake. She reports on Pequot Lakes, Nisswa, Lake Shore and Crosslake city council meetings, but with a small staff, reporters overlap and can all be found in and out of the communities the Echo Journal reports on.

She also writes a personal column called Vogt's Notes where you can learn more about her daily life adventures (She likes to think people can relate to what she writes about). She also writes educational columns where you can learn more about the ever-changing world of newspapers in this digital age.

She's been a journalist for nearly 35 years, graduating in December 1987 from what was then called Moorhead State University with a degree in print journalism. (Yep, that dates her! No such thing as "multimedia journalist" back then - just print, broadcast or public relations.)

She started her career as a reporter and then copy editor/page designer for the Owatonna People's Press (where she met her husband) before joining the Brainerd Dispatch in 1992 as a reporter, then a copy editor and page designer.

She became editor of the Lake Country Echo in Pequot Lakes in July 2006. That newspaper merged with the Pine River Journal in 2013 to become the Echo Journal (with no city in our name - that causes confusion!).

Contact her at or 218-855-5877 (be sure to leave a message).

Joe Hall, his wife and four children escape unharmed; their Nisswa home is a total loss
People and businesses come together to help people in need with new furnace, water heater, toilets, well pump and more
Pam Nelson, 56, of Crosslake, Minnesota, found her cancer early after her nurse practitioner urged her to get a routine mammogram
Shark Shredder, an artist who recently moved to Pequot Lakes, Minnesota, created a design that shows a walleye reading the local newspaper and drinking a cup of coffee. The postcards were printed at the Minnesota Newspaper Museum at the fairgrounds and given to fairgoers.
Journee Howard, 25, believes she was chosen as a juror because she made it clear she had a neutral mindset. Though no one is completely unbiased, neutral and down the middle, Howard said, she is open-minded and doesn't lean far one way or the other politically.
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota camp caters to people with identified needs
With family support, Tessily Gregory of Pine River will graduate with her classmates in June and plans to move to Pennsylvania with her daughter in August to attend college.
Longtime Pequot Lakes residents Paul Thiede and Eugene Kennedy collaborate on project for Thiede's 10-year-old granddaughter
“This summer we got a call saying the kids needed somewhere to go. We went from a couple of two and boomed into a family of seven overnight.” - Kendra Kozelka, age 24, rural Pine River
This year, volunteers placed 414 wreaths on veterans' graves in eight Minnesota cemeteries, and they hope to add three more cemeteries in the future