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Plenty of cookies, no cookie booths


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Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin Lakes and Pines has suspended cookie booths until further notice, in response to recommendations from health and government officials in response to COVID-19.

Girl Scouts are now switching to digital orders and, from now until May 30, the public can purchase cookies online or through donations via Smart Cookies, an online Girl Scout cookie sale website.

"This was an extremely difficult decision for our council to make, but our top priority is the health and safety of our girls, families, volunteers, staff and the community," said Leigh Ann Davis, CEO of the Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin Lakes and Pines, in a statement. "We hoped to open up booths again sometime this season, but it doesn't look like that will be an option. The good news is that our girls are continuing with their sales through the Smart Cookies online app, so people can still get their favorite Girl Scout cookie flavors."

Companies and organizations can also choose to purchase troops' inventories directly by pledging $108 (two cases of cookies) or more through the Girl Scouts Lakes & Pines Booth Buyouts program.

"Companies who choose a booth buyout will be helping Girl Scouts reach their goals by purchasing the cookies they would have normally sold at booths this year. They can opt to receive the packages of cookies they purchased or have them donated to organizations such as first responders, food banks and healthcare facilities, among others," Davis said.

The Girl Scout Cookie Program, started in 1917, is the largest girl-led entrepreneurial program for girls in the world. Girl Scout cookie sales help the scouts fund unique adventures for themselves and their troops throughout the year. Proceeds also allow the girls to give back to the causes they are most passionate about.

To help support local Girl Scouts, please visit our website at and click on the "Buy Girl Scout Cookies" link or call 800-955-6032 or email

Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin Lakes and Pines serves central and northern Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin.


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