Alzheimer’s “Every Minute Counts”

ACT on Alzheimer’s Pine City invites the public to a screening of the PBS Documentary, “Alzheimer’s: Every Minute Counts”.   The documentary is an urgent wake-up call about the national threat posed by Alzheimer’s disease.

The afternoon schedule includes Resource & Information Tables, viewing of the documentary, and a panel discussion featuring local professionals to address your questions.

RSVP’s are appreciated, but not required.



Business Resource: PACE Program

Pine County recently hosted a Business Workshop event to share more information about a new resource available for commercial property owners.

PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) is a new way to finance energy efficiency and renewal energy upgrades to the buildings owned by businesses, non-profit organizations, faith-based organizations, and housing developments.

Energy-saving measures pursued by the owners receive project financing and are repaid as a separate item on their property tax assessment for a set period.  PACE eliminates the burden of upfront costs by providing low-cost, long-term financing.

The City of Pine City adopted this program 2 years ago, and recently Pine County has adopted the program as well.  This means that any qualifying property within the Pine County area may be eligible for this program.

Basic Qualifications for PACE financing:

  • Property owners must be current on mortgage and property taxes
  • No federal or state liens against the property
  • Must not be in bankruptcy proceeding
  • Lender acknowledgement or “consent” from current mortgage lender
  • Term of financing may not exceed weighted average useful life of improvements
  • Improvements may not exceed 20% of assessed property value

Interested in learning more about your next steps?  Visit the CERTs website resource page, which includes more details as well as some interviews with business owners who have completed projects:


Healthcare Sector Summit III

Join healthcare providers, educators, workforce development professionals, economic development, community members and legislators as we continue to address the employee shortage in the healthcare industry.  Learn about transition strategies and how you can be involved.

Attend the Healthcare Sector Summit III on Friday, October 13th in St. Cloud MN.



Pine County Business Workshop

All Pine County Business Owners are invited to attend one of the two workshops being offered on Friday, September 8th to share information about the PACE program.

The workshop will share information about the Property Assessed Clean Energy Program (PACE) for Businesses and Non-profits to identify ways to improve energy efficiency in their buildings, receive low cost, long term financing, make upgrades and improve their bottom line.

WORKSHOP 2: 1pm-2:30pm
Pine City Library Community Room
300 5th St SE, Pine City

The same workshop will be available at Essentia Health in Sandstone from 10AM – 11:30AM if the afternoon time doesn’t work for you.

09.08 PACE Workshop

Citizen of the Year Nominations Due Thursday

Earlier this month the Pine City Area Chamber of Commerce announced the deadline for nominations for Citizen of the Year as Thursday, August 31st.  As the date gets closer, we wanted to remind community members about this opportunity.

So often we forget to recognize the good works of individuals in our community and the Citizen of the Year program takes a moment to shine a light on those doing good in the community without seeking to be in the spotlight.

If you know a member of the community that should be recognized, we want to hear from you.  It’s as simple as writing a letter or an email nominating an individual and sharing a story or two of the good works being done in Pine City.

Please submit your nomination in writing by email at or by mail 315 Main Street South, Suite 155, Pine City MN 55063.    Deadline for submission is Thursday, August 31st.  A nominee should be a resident of Pine City and exhibit qualities that make them deserving of recognition by the community.

A recognition banquet in honor of the 2017 Citizen of the Year will be planned for mid-September.

Family Pathways Offers “A Matter of Balance” Program in Pine City

This fall the Family Pathways Aging Services Program will host an 8-week series titled “A Matter of Balance”.  This award-winning program is designed to help participants manage falls and increase activity levels, emphasizing practical strategies to remain safe.  Reduce the fear and increase your activity level.

Sessions begin September 12th from 9:30 am – 11:30 am and will be held every Tuesday through October 31st at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Pine City.

For more information or to reserve a space, contact Maria Lourey-Bowen at 320.245.6865 or

Cornfeed Event Coming August 19th

Zion Lutheran Church is preparing to host a new event this summer.  The community is invited to join them for the 1st Annual Cornfeed event on Saturday, August 19th from 4:30 – 7:00PM.    Enjoy pork chops, pasta salad and all-you-care-to-eat corn-on-the-cob!  Purchase your tickets in advance to get a discounted ticket!  Check out the flyer here for more information!

08.19 Zion Cornfeed

Next GPAE Grant Cycle Announced

GPAEThe Greater Pine Area Endowment has announced the second round grant cycle for 2017.  The deadline for submission of grant applications is Midnight on Thursday, August 31.  The Greater Pine Area Endowment Fund was created in 1992 as a component fund of the Initiative Foundation to develop community resources and to enhance the quality of life of individuals and families in the Pine City area.  The GPAE funds have been established to provide financial resources for the needs of the greater Pine area within the physical boundaries of the Pine City School District 578.

The grant funds can be used for economic or community development projects.  For economic development projects, funding will be considered for projects that lead to quality job creation or high tech employment.  Projects that promote community pride and quality of life through environmental stewardship and community beautification would be considered under the community development category.  The GPAE will also consider proposals that positively impact the housing, safety, employment and other needs of the more vulnerable members of the community including youth, the elderly and those who are low-income.

Since its inception, the GPAE has granted to organizations such as the Pine County Sheriff’s Department for the purchase of infant keys to AED’s; the Pine City Arts Council for the Robinson Park Gazebo Addition; and the Pine City Library for purchase of new computers.

The online grant submission process hosted through the Initiative Foundation can be accessed through the GPAE website at  Organizations seeking assistance in using the online system should contact Becky Schueller at 320-322-4040 or  A copy of the Grant Guidelines is available online or can be picked up from the Chamber of Commerce office at 315 Main Street South.   Online submissions are due by Midnight on Thursday, August 31, 2017.


Dementia Friends Champion Training

ACTPineCityLogoAdditional education training events are coming to Pine City later this summer and into the fall.  The first training event – Dementia Friends Champion Training – will be on Wednesday, August 30th from 1:00 – 3:00 PM.

This training will equip you with the knowledge and activities needed to facilitate a Dementia Friends Information Session with community members.

An Information Session is a face-to-face session that lasts approximately one hour is run by a Dementia Friends Champion.  It covers the five key messages everyone should know about dementia through activities and discussion.

The goal of the Dementia Friends Information Session is to help community members understand dementia and the small things they can do to make a difference for people living with dementia.

Champion Training is offered at no cost.

To register for the August 30th Session in Pine City, please call Lakes & Pines at 320-679-1800 or 1-800-832-6082, option 4.

Memorial Blood Centers, August Blood Drive

The next local blood drive, hosted by Memorial Blood Centers, is scheduled for Tuesday, August 22nd at the Pine City Walmart.  See the flyer below for more information.