Get the 411 on Holiday Madness

Holiday Madness

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New Study Looks At Impact of Nonprofit Arts and Culture on Pine City Economy

A new study on the health and impact of the nonprofit arts and culture sector in Pine City will be released at 8:30 AM on October 28, 2015, by the Pine City EDA, the East Central Regional Arts Council and Minnesota Citizens for the Arts. The presentation of the results will be made at the Pine City Economic Development Association meeting at the Council Chambers in the Pine Government Center, City Hall (Level 1), 315 Main Street S., Pine City, MN 55063 followed by a discussion of the economic impact of the arts and culture in the City.

As the most comprehensive report ever done about the sector’s health and economic impact, Creative Minnesota: The Health and Impact of the Nonprofit Arts and Culture Sector previously broke out data statewide and regionally and is now also available for selected cities and counties. Five local organizations are part of the study, Northwest Company Fur Post, Pine City Arts Council, East Central Minnesota Pride, Pine City Heritage Players, and Pine Center for the Arts, Inc.

As the first of an ongoing series of biennial reports, Creative Minnesota is a snapshot of spending by nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences as well as other indicators of the sector’s health and impact on the economy in 2013. The study quantifies the economic impact from 1269 arts and culture organizations in every corner of the state, in addition to information about jobs created, local vs. non-local attendees spending, nonprofit arts and culture organizational budgets, and artist employment levels. 

Creative Minnesota was developed by a collaborative of arts and culture funders in partnership with Minnesota Citizens for the Arts (MCA). Americans for the Arts (AFTA) was commissioned to calculate the economic impact of the arts. If you are joining us, please RSVP to

Creative Minnesota and additional research about Minnesota’s arts and cultural community can be downloaded for free at:

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Community Connect Scheduled

Community Connect

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Peaceful Pines Farm Celebrates Fall Fun Festival

Peaceful Pines Farm opened their pumpkin patch earlier this fall with a few new things to enjoy.  This weekend, October 10 – 11, they are extending a special invitation to the public for the annual Fall Fun celebration.

We have lots of things for the kids to do. Face painting, bounce houses, corn pit, games with prizes and hot cider too! Activities are all FREE and so is admission.

We have pick your own pumpkins $5 each and we sell apples grown right here too.

Fun Fest hours are:

Saturday Oct. 10th 11am to 6 pm

Sunday  Oct 11th 11am to 4 pm

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New Creative Canvas Offered

Fall Landscape with Peg

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Take a survey, help address regional housing issues

Our region (Aitkin, Pine, Carlton, Isanti, Mille Lacs, Kanabec and Chisago counties) struggles to provide adequate, desirable, and affordable housing to all individuals and families.  Together, though, we can take action.

Take the housing survey & learn more by visiting:

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Enjoy the music of The Beatles Oct. 30


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Glenn Westing

Karen and Glenn Westing, left, and Todd Cummings, right, on behalf of the Pine City Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Pine City Area Chamber of Commerce named Glenn Westing the 2015 Outstanding Citizen of the Year.   Through the nomination process each year, members of the community write letters to nominate individuals that they feel are deserving of this award.  According to a press release the Chamber put out, “the overwhelming number of individuals that shared their stories and personal experiences to honor Westing was heartwarming.”

In one of the nomination letters, Westing was described with the following attributes: “always good natured, very helpful to his passengers, courteous, considerate and just an all around good person.  The world would be a better place if there were more people like him.”

Westing spends his days as a driver for the Arrowhead Transit bus company serving community members through the Dial-a-Ride options in Pine City.  His passengers sing his praises as well with their stories of how his service as impacted their lives.  One passenger recalls, “He always greets you by name, with a happy attitude.  He will
often carry our groceries to the door and make sure we get safely into our homes.”

The public is invited to attend a reception honoring Glenn Westing as Pine City’s 2015 Citizen of the Year.  The reception will be held on Sunday, Oct. 18.  More information will be shared in the coming weeks.

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Fall Gathering: Festival of the Voyageur

voyageur patrickWhere: North West Company Fur Post – 12551 Voyageur Lane, Pine City

When: Sat., Sept. 19, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; and Sun., Sept. 20, noon -4 p.m.

What to expect:  The adventurers who open Minnesota to Europeans — the voyageurs — worked incredibly hard to gather the furs that created business dynasties.  But when they got together, it was party time.  Join the fall rendezvous as hundreds of reenactors camp along the Snake River, setting up temporary households, and pitting themselves against their friends in contests of skill and dance to a live fiddler (Saturday night).  You can also shop for crafts and the kids can enjoy activities just for them.

The particulars:  Family-friendly.  $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 ages 6-17.  Tickets online at

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Labor Day Weekend: PRCA Rodeo comes to town!

Where: Heidelberger’s Arena, 3923 State Highway 70, Pine City

When: Sept. 5-6 (Labor Day Weekend)

What to expect: You’ll see professional rodeo riders competing in bull riding; bareback and saddle bronc; team roping; steer wrestling; barrel racing and tie-down roping. Audience members can join in with wild cow milking and cowboy poker, or take a shot at staying on the mechanical bull. For the kids there’s a calf scramble, mutton busting and free cowboy hats for the first 200 kids. Oh, and there’s music by the Killer Hayseeds.

The particulars: About 11/2 miles west of the Rock Creek/Grantsburg Exit 165 (at Highway 70); $13 adults, $7 for kids 4-12 (discounts available online).

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