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About Us

North Central Minnesota's Premier Lifestyle Magazine


Tracey Finck


Tracey Finck has been editor of Lake Country Journal since August of 2022. She was also the founding editor of the magazine in the late ’90s. Prior to helping to start LCJ, she served as a Crow Wing County extension educator and wrote a weekly parenting column for the Brainerd Dispatch. She has also written a weekly literary column for the Princeton Union-Eagle and done a variety of other freelance writing and editing projects, including writing a parenting book called Love Letters to a Child.


Tracey has taught English and composition for Minnehaha Academy, North Central University, the University of Phoenix, and Bethel University. She earned a B.A in speech and English education from St. Olaf College and a M.A. in English education from the U of M. She and her husband, Greg, have three grown children and four grandchildren. They live in Princeton, MN, and they’re excited to be building a cottage in Crosby. 

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Betsy Alle

Assistant Editor

After cutting her teeth as a copywriter for Target Corporate, Betsy is thrilled to work alongside her number-one Editor (who also happens to be her number-one Mom).

Betsy earned a B.A. in English Literature from Wheaton College, where she met her now-husband, Ben, a Chicago native and third-generation American-Latvian, whom she successfully convinced to move to Minnesota. One of her proudest accomplishments is learning Latvian as an adult, the language she and Ben speak at home with their two kids. They have two cats, a garden they can't quite keep up with, and a daily liturgy that includes lots of coffee.


Lake Country Journal magazine
shares the stories of the people, places, communities, and events 
from the heart of Minnesota.

Since 1997, we’ve represented the lifestyle and lore of all things Up North. From the headwaters of the Mississippi to the central lakes region and beyond. Lake Country Journal’s mission is to explore and celebrate the close-knit communities in North Central Minnesota.
With each issue, our readers discover and enjoy the best of Lake Country’s people, places, businesses, and recreation.

Six Issues Published Annually.

The Lake Country Journal is packed with entertaining and informative stories about current events, people, businesses, and the communities that are the fabric of Lake Country.

Readers savor every issue! Filled with award-winning photos and profiles that touch on all aspects of Lake Country—its active lifestyle, local artisans, area traditions, and other hidden gems are enjoyed throughout every season.

The editorial calendar varies from issue to issue. Depending on the season, we include stories such as: 

  • Home Features

  • Business and Personal Profiles

  • Outdoor Activities and Adventures

  • Dining

  • Nature

  • Events

  • Local Artist and Authors

  • Featured Lakes

  • From the Kitchen

  • History

  • Education

  • Lake Life

  • Essays

  • Health

  • Community

  • Gardening

  • Travel

  • and more!

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