Save the Dates: Pine City Freedom Fest June 25-28

Flyer - Save the Date Info

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With Spring is around the corner, apply for a plot at the Pine City Community Garden

Community GardenReasons to have a community garden plot:

  •  Community gardens provide access to fresh produce and plants.
  •  The labor is satisfying.  Watch your work grow and take off!
  •  Active communities experience less crime and vandalism.
  •  Pine City has lost most of its agricultural underpinnings but this is a way to once again bring you closer to your food.  There is a definite connection to the environment.
  •  Show your creativity.  Choose to grow solely flowers or the types of veggies to make rare and stellar food dishes.
  •  You can donate what you grow to those in need.
  •  Help someone who lives in an apartment or with little land or ability to garden.
  •  Give the anglers something to look at on their way to the Snake River fishing pier.
  •  Bring about a sense of community.  Break down isolation and help bring Pine City closer.
Community Garden Info Meeting
Interested in a garden plot at the Pine City Community Garden? Attend an informational and registration meeting Mon., April 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Pine County Courthouse.
For more information, email
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Pine City sees success in attracting nation’s fast-growing franchises

Subway is America’s fastest growing franchise. With the subs and salad shop at the No. 1 subwayspot, is it surprising that Pine City has not one, but TWO Subway locations?

When it comes to attracting the fastest growing franchises in America, Pine City appears to be doing quite well. Entrepreneur Media just published the 100 fastest-growing franchises; several recent additions to Pine City are on the list, as are some who’ve great clipscalled Pine City home for a while.

Let’s take a look: Pine City is home to Great Clips (No. 9), Pizza pizza hutHut (No. 10), Anytime Fitness (No. 15), McDonald’s (No. 19), KFC (No. 43), and H&R Block (No. 102), with Great Clips opening in the fourth quarter of 2014.

The 2015 Franchise 500 rankings gave other local businesses such as Ace Hardware (No. 29), Dairy Queen (No. 56), and RadioShack (No. 120) high rankings as well.anytime fitness

Dollar stores are one of the fastest growing segments of the retail industry as well, and in the final quarter of 2014, Dollar Tree mcdonalds(not ranked), opened its first store between the Twin Cities and the Twin Ports in Pine City.

The City learned of Dollar Tree’s call out for store locations in 2012 preferably in grocery or big-box anchored centers with good visibility, access and retail viability.

LOGO_PRT_HGLT_REDPrior to then, there wasn’t a Dollar Tree in any rural community in Minnesota. In the emerging dollar store market in Greater Minnesota, there were just Family Dollars and Dollar Generals hr blockdotted in some of the smaller towns. At that time, Dollar Tree was generally only experienced by Pine Citians who would travel to the suburbs of the Twin Cities.

aceAt first, Dollar Tree’s real estate group thought Pine City was “too small” of a market to consider, but eventually saw the benefit of the strong Pine City market and located at Evegreen Square shopping center.

dq logoradio shackAnother retailer that ranked in the Franchise 500 was Verizon store (Wireless Zone), which ranked No. 231 on the Franchise 500 list this year. Verizon was shopping around in communities in the region when it decided on Pine City and opened in 2013.dollar treeverizon

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Interact with Pine City history!

Interactive History Kiosk

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The Law of Self-Defense Seminar



Cabak Law, LLC will host this upcoming event on Saturday, January 24th.  Take part in a roundtable discussion that will focus on the laws affecting self-defense in your home, defense of others, and other informative topics.

Reservations for this class are required due to space limitations, but there is no cost to attend.


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Fairview Clinic – Pine City Plans Open House

The Fairview Clinic in Pine City recently relocated to a newly renovated space in Evergreen Square.  With the new location comes new services and even some changes in the hours the clinic is open.  To celebrate the opening of the new clinic, the public is invited to an open house event on Saturday, January 17th from 9 AM – Noon.

Fairview Open House



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A look back at 2014!

A look at stories that transcended beyond Pine City…


  • For a look back at ‘08, click here.
  • For a look back at ‘09, click here.
  • For a look back at ‘10, click here.
  • For a look back at ‘11, click here.
  • For a look back at ‘12, click here.
  • For a look back at ’13, click here.


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Holiday Madness Hits Pine City

Pine City will celebrate the holiday season this Friday with the 13th Annual Holiday Madness event.  The community is invited to participate this week in the variety of activities that will be held.

Join us in supporting the Pine Community Food Shelf and the Pine County Toys for Tots with our annual “Pine City Gives” promotion.  Donate an item to either of these organizations now through December 5th to receive your entry to win over $500 in Chamber Bucks.  Donations are accepted at these locations:  Voyageur Bottle Shop, Stearns Bank, Cabin Coffees, Northwoods Bank, Frandsen Bank & Trust and Anytime Fitness.

The Christmas Carol Parade begins at 6:00 PM on Friday evening.  The route begins at the corner of 8th Avenue & Main Street next to Waxberg Clinic and will travel north on Hwy 61 to 3rd Ave SE, then go to Robinson Park in downtown Pine City. The parade features a variety of lighted floats with Christmas Carol themes and many new units will be joining the parade this year.  We are excited to welcome the Senior High Choirs, led by Jennifer Krinke, as a unit in the parade.  The student group will lead the 2014 parade and share traditional songs with the parade viewers.  The Pine City Pioneer will award prizes for the bests float entries this year.

The lighting of the Christmas tree in Robinson Park will take place immediately following the end of the Christmas Carol Parade, so hurry on down!  A special presentation by the Elementary School choir, led by Jennifer Hansmann, has been added to this year’s line-up.  The Pine Area Lions have donated Holiday Treat Bags for the kids.  The Pine City Ambassadors will be distributing them following the end of the parade in Robinson Park.

Holiday Madness is made possible thanks to these generous sponsors:  Anytime Fitness, Central MN Coins & Antiques, Chris’ Food Center, Coldwell Banker Results, Currie, Pangerl & Associates, PHASE Furnishings, Todd’s Tax Service and Voyageur Bottle Shop.

The Pine City Area Chamber of Commerce, sponsor of the events, invites everyone in East Central Minnesota to enjoy this day of Christmas cheer by taking advantage of the many events.  Throughout the evening we encourage members of the community to use this evening as an opportunity to shop or dine at one of our local businesses.

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Awards - 2014

Pictured are Henry Fischer (2014 Citizen Planner); and Steve and Nick Berchin (2014 Site Improvement Award – Berchin’s A&W Family Restaurant).   Not pictured:  Chris and Ann Campbell, owners of Campbell Auto & Tire, another 2014 Site Improvement Award winner.

At its meeting Nov. 25, the Pine City Planning Commission gave out three awards, one to a “Citizen Planner” and the others to businesses that have invested in improvements to their respective properties.

Henry Fischer is a Pokegama Township Board Supervisor and was named the 2014 Citizen Planner for his level of involvement, overall positive effect on the community, length of commitment and leadership in the realm of planning.

“The Planning Commission felt that Henry Fischer offered valuable input, on behalf of Pokegama Township, in the City’s comprehensive planning process over the past couple of years,” said Nathan Johnson, Community Development Director.

Two businesses were recognized for improving their business sites, Berchin’s A&W Family Restaurant, at 820 Main St. S., and Campbell Auto & Tire, at 635 13th St S.  On behalf of the Berchin family, Nick and Steve Berchin were on-hand to accept the award.

“A staple on Main Street in Pine City, A&W not only has the car-hop but the business also put in a patio, al fresco dining, and some new signage which looks fantastic,” said Johnson.

Chris and Ann Campbell bought the former Reddog Billy’s Sports Bar property in April of this year and renovated it into the Campbell Construction headquarters as well as Campbell Tire & Auto (relocated from downtown).  Since, Hair Tech & Tan (relocated from Evergreen Square) has co-located in the building as well.

“These awards are well deserved,” stated Johnson.   “Each of the award winners’ vision and diligence is greatly appreciated.”

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Pine City Elem. School Promotes Drop-off Safety

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