Pine City Elem. School Promotes Drop-off Safety

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Pine City EDA airs ad to support businesses during construction

Road construction has had quite an impact on Pine City over the past several months.  Businesses along Old Highway 61 South, as well as County Road 8 (3rd Avenue SE) and Historic 5th Street have surely felt the effects.

“We all know good roads and sidewalks are important for business activity,” said Nathan Johnson, Pine City’s community development director.  “But during the projects, we oftentimes hear that a negative affect is felt.”

That is why, at its recent meeting, the Pine City Economic Development Authority approved the purchase of advertising a on local radio station to encourage local support of the businesses most affected.   The ad will play on Red Rock Radio (WCMP/WXCX) beginning this week.


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Trick-or-Treat for Food Shelf

The cast and crew of “Alice in Wonderland”, the fall play being presented by Pine City High School, may be knocking on your door this Friday evening.  But the students won’t be asking for candy, they will be looking for donations of non-perishable food items to be donated to the Pine Community Food Shelf.  This is the ninth year of the community service project.  The students will identify themselves as members of the production and will not be wearing traditional Halloween costumes.

According to director Becky Schueller, the event is one that the students really enjoy participating in.

“As my first year with this group of students, I was asked early on in the rehearsals if we would be continuing the ‘Trick-or-Treat’ tradition,” she said.  “As someone who believes strongly in the effectiveness that students can have in the community by volunteering, my response was an easy one ‘Of course we will!’”.

We hope that the community will donate non-perishable goods if they are able.  Students will be walking neighborhoods surrounding the elementary school from 6 – 7:30 p.m. on Friday evening, Oct. 31.

Performances of “Alice in Wonderland” are Nov. 14, 15 and 16.  Tickets are on sale at Cabin Coffees, the Chamber of Commerce office or at the door.  For more information on the show, call 320.298.0014.

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Pine City found to have some of the most expensive insurance

When it comes to the cost of car insurance, Pine City ranks near the top among Minnesota cities, according to a recent report.

The study by Value Penguin of 109 cities and 18 insurers in the state placed Pine City in the 6th spot.

Minnesotans can see, on average, premiums of about $1,152 per year.  The city with the cheapest car insurance was Mankato, which averaged $1,009 per year in premiums.

In fact, the top five cities with the least expensive premiums were located in the southeast region.  Rounding out that top five were Austin, Albert Lea, Winona and Rochester. Faribault came in at 52nd.

The most expensive cities were St. Paul at $1,303 annual average followed by Minneapolis, Forest Lake, Cambridge and North Branch.

Pine City drivers pay, on average $1,250 per year.

Costs of the Value Penguin study are based on basic liability protection for a 2010 Toyota Camry.  The rates are based off of two sample drivers, a single 30-year-old male and 65-year-old male with a clean driving record.

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Snowmobile Club Plans Fall Event

The Hinckley – Pine City Flames Snowmobile Club is planning a Fall Meet & Greet event for the community.  All are welcome to join the fun on Saturday, September 27th from Noon – 4:00 PM.  Club members and grooming volunteers will be available to answer questions about Club Membership and Snowmobile Safety Training.



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FREE: Pick your own sweet corn

Sweet Corn

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3 Chambers put on Old Highway 61 Business Expo Sat., Sept. 20

Business Expo Poster

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Pine City boy turns heads at World’s Largest Miniature Horse Show

Merrick as the Headless Horseman in the Costume Class.

Merrick as the Headless Horseman in the Costume Class.

It is the largest mini-horse show in the world, held in Tulsa, OK, at Expo Square. And, a Pine City second grader named Merrick took his share of ribbons and hardware back to Minnesota with him last weekend.

The creativity was evident as children and their horses dressed up in elaborate costumes. In the Costume Class, there was a Wizard of Oz theme — with ruby slippers and all. Bob Ross and his happy trees made an appearance as well. And, Merrick portrayed the headless horseman; in that competition, he took sixth in the nation.

Merrick and his grandfather, Dan Fury, driving.

Merrick and his grandfather, Dan Fury, driving.

His best performance was in the Youth Western Country Pleasure Driving class on Saturday, however, where he was named the United States’ reserve national champion. Besides being shown on the jumbotron in the Built Ford Tough Arena — he was told to take a victory lap and received two pieces of hardware, a horse trophy and a silver plate. There were a number of other ribbons earned by Merrick that day in other classes.

There are two types of mini horses recognized. The “A” miniatures are up to 34 inches tall and the “B” horses can’t come in any taller than 38 inches. Merrick’s was a B.

The American Miniature horse registry has about 10,000 horses registered, and the nationals run until Sept. 16.

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Get your tickets for Taco Dinner now

Pine EMS Fundraiser

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Judy Scholin

Judy Scholin

The Pine City Area Chamber of Commerce would like to extend our congratulations to Judy Scholin the 2014 Outstanding Citizen of the Year.

In one of the nomination letters, Scholin was described as a “talented, creative, dedicated, energetic and helpful person.  She is passionate about all that she does – spending a great deal of her time and energy toward making Pine City a better place to live.”  In reading through the nomination letters, one can learn about the variety of places and organizations that Scholin has given of her time.  She is an active board member of the Pine City Library and the Pine City Area History Association; a faithful volunteer for organizations like the North West Company Fur Post and the Pine Center for the Arts; and uses her special talents for quilting, sewing and photography to give back to others in the community.

One of the many contributions that Scholin has made in the community was the renovation project for the Pine City Library.

“She was instrumental in our fundraising efforts for the renovation and went above and beyond her expected duties to make the project successful,” said retired Librarian, Christy Koch.  “When the work was done, she used her gifts to create a photographic and informational book to give the community a record of the efforts put forth by so many to make our dream of a modern library a reality.”

The public is invited to attend a reception honoring Judy Scholin as our 2014 Citizen of the Year.  The reception will be held on Sunday, September 28th at the North West Company Fur Post from 4:00 – 5:30 PM.  A short program will begin at 4:30 PM.  RSVP’s are appreciated, please call 320-322-4040 or email the Chamber at

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