Jerry’s One Man Band Comes to Askov

The Pine County History Museum in Askov welcomes a variety of musical groups for a special event each month.  The event features free dance lessons from 4-5 pm, followed by live music from 5-8pm.  This month will feature Jerry’s One Man Band.  Admission cost is $10 per person, kids 12 and under are free.

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Jerry's One Man Band May 30 2015


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Art in the Park Music Series Begins May 22nd

The Pine City Arts Council has put together a great line-up of musicians for the annual Art in the Park music series for 2015.  The summer series will open on Friday, May 22nd with the Jazz in the Park night featuring high school band students from Pine City High School in the Jazz One and Jazz Two groups.  The evening meal will be served by the Pine City Music Boosters,  a volunteer group consisting of parents, teachers and community members that are committed to providing great opportunities for Pine City students interested in both vocal and instrumental music opportunities.


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Pine EMS launches the “Get Up & Glow” 5K Walk/Run

On Saturday, June 13th a new event will be launched in Pine City by a local, all volunteer group of first responders – Pine EMS.  The “Get Up & Glow” 5K Walk/Run welcomes participants of all ages to join them in this fun opportunity.

Community members are invited to join in the fun by attending the Spaghetti Dinner event from 4PM – 7PM at the Pine City Armory, 1305 Main Street South.  The cost for dinner is just $5.00 per person.  The Glow Run/Walk will begin at 10PM.

Early Bird Registration is now open and available through June 1st at the $25 registration rate.  This rate includes a free dinner ticket, t-shirt, and a complimentary glow item.

Registrations received after June 1st will be $30 registration fee and includes your dinner ticket.  T-shirts and glow items will be available while supplies last.

Register online at:


PineEMSGlow Run

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ASK-IT Training Offered at PTCC

Pine Technical & Community College will host a 3-hour interactive course designed to instruct on the procedures used to sell alcoholic beverages legally in facilities.  The ASK-IT  (Alcohol Server Knowledge – Interactive Training) class will be offered on Monday May 18th at to different times.  Attendees can register for a 9am – Noon class OR a 1 – 4 PM class.

Although the State of Minnesota does not require server certification, many counties and cities require basic server training for all employees responsible for serving alcoholic beverages in their establishments.  There is no prerequisite to attend this class.

Topics covered in the workshop include: MN laws and penalties for violations, Dram Shop laws, legal forms of ID (proof of age), how to verify IDs and spot fake IDs, signs of intoxication, BAC (blood alcohol content) and effects of alcohol on the body, how to slow down or stop service and how to avoid confrontation.

Registration fee for this class is just $25 and includes workbooks and handouts.

To register, or for more information, contact Marge Fagerstrom at 320.629.5199.

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Prisoner of War with Pine City ties laid to rest

World War II Prisoner of War Charles Woehrle, who grew up in Pine City, recently passed on at the age of 98.  Read his obituary here.
Today Show – “Watch provides comfort for prisoner of war”

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Bureau of Labor reports job growth in all 5 GPS 45:93 Counties October 2013-’14

gps 4593 logoThe Bureau of Labor has reported job growth in all of East Central Minnesota (otherwise known as the GPS 45:93 region) from the period of time between Oct. 2013 to Oct. 2014.  The total number of jobs gained in the GPS 45:93 region over the last year of reporting was 1,498.  The region-wide, average unemployment rate was just 4.14% compared to 5.7% nationally.

  • Isanti County (pop. 38,204)

County Seat: Cambridge
Metro/Micro Name: Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
Metro/Micro/Rural: Metropolitan Statistical Area
Oct. 2014 Employed: 19972
Oct. 2014 Unemployed: 660
Jobs gained since October 2013: 508
Unemployment Rate, October 2014: 3.2%

  • Chisago County (pop. 53,761)

County Seat: Center City
Metro/Micro Name: Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
Metro/Micro/Rural: Metropolitan Statistical Area
Oct. 2014 Employed: 27366
Oct. 2014 Unemployed: 927
Jobs gained since October 2013: 696
Unemployment Rate, October 2014: 3.3%

  • Mille Lacs County (pop. 25,833)

County Seat: Milaca
Metro/Micro Name: Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
Metro/Micro/Rural: Metropolitan Statistical Area
Oct. 2014 Employed: 11530
Oct. 2014 Unemployed: 568
Jobs gained since October 2013: 138
Unemployment Rate, October 2014: 4.7%

  • Pine County (pop. 29,104)

County Seat: Pine City
Metro/Micro Name:  N/A
Metro/Micro/Rural: Rural
Oct. 2014 Employed: 13710
Oct. 2014 Unemployed: 601
Jobs gained since October 2013: 85
Unemployment Rate, October 2014: 4.2%

  • Kanabec County (pop. 15,996)

County Seat: Mora
Metro/Micro Name:  N/A
Metro/Micro/Rural: Rural
Oct. 2014 Employed: 7548
Oct. 2014 Unemployed: 426
Jobs gained since October 2013: 71
Unemployment Rate, October 2014: 5.3%

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Changes to Pine City Planning Commission

Lezlie Sauter

Lezlie Sauter

Dan D'Aigle

Dan D’Aigle

Kent Bombard

Kent Bombard

Lezlie Sauter is back on the Pine City Planning Commission filling out a term left vacant due to a retirement.  Sauter had recently moved to rural Pine City, whereby disqualifying her from another term on the Commission since it may only be comprised of up to three of its nine members who live outside of the corporate limits of Pine City.

Sauter took the place of Dennis Odegard, of Pine City Township, who announced his resignation late-last year.  She was reappointed by Mayor Carl Pederson to the Commission at its Feb. 24 meeting, as was Brent Jahnz, of Pine City.

Kent Bombard, of Pine City, who ran for City Council in 2014, was appointed as a new Commissioner, as was Dan D’Aigle, of Pokegama Township; both were sworn in Jan. 27.  A Pine City High School student, Gracie LeBrun, also joined the Planning Commission but as a non-voting member.

Pine City High School Principal Troy Anderson said, “Gracie is a leader in the junior class that comes highly recommended by the social studies department.  She will be a great representative of P.C.H.S. and a nice connection between the school and local government.”

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Initiative Foundation Extends Open Invitation to 18- to 35-year-olds to Learn About Career- and Community-shaping Program


Helping leaders across generations, cultures and communities is the primary goal of Emerging Leaders, a new community development program being launched in April by the Initiative Foundation.

The Initiative Foundation is extending an open invitation to 18- to 35-year-olds to attend the April 17 event in Brainerd or the April 23 event in St. Cloud. The capacity at each event is 40 people; refreshments will be provided. Invite a friend and your name will be entered into a drawing for a $100 Amazon gift card. Learn about the program, network and apply to participate in this career- and community-building initiative.

A Need to Lead
Replacing the more than 10,000 baby boomers retiring every day in the United States from long careers and community leadership roles will be critical work for the small towns and rural communities of Greater Minnesota. Compared to the Twin Cities, where one in 56 people will be tapped to take on a leadership role, the average rural Minnesotan has responsibility for six or more top jobs-roles that can range from running small businesses to serving on community and nonprofit boards and supporting the leadership of area churches and schools.

Don Hickman, Initiative Foundation vice president for community and economic development, said in IQ Magazine that it’s crucial for Central Minnesota communities to tap the talents and passions of established leaders and those who might not yet think of themselves as leaders. “We need to plan ahead about how to help pass the baton and encourage that next generation of leaders to step up,” said Hickman. “It’s important to build these connections because not only do these traditional leaders have a lot of wisdom to share, the new leaders we’re seeing in that 18- to 35-year-old demographic reflect the diversity that’s helping to grow the region.”

Diane Tran, founder of Minnesota Rising, a Twin Cities young professionals group, will join the Initiative Foundation to help guide the conversation.

“What’s unique about this program is that it’s not one-directional,” said Michelle Kiley, Initiative Foundation community and economic development specialist. “There’s value in encouraging leaders to come together and find out what has been done already, what hasn’t been tried, and discovering new ways to increase the presence of emerging leaders in important community decisions.”

Information Sessions
The Foundation is sponsoring two Emerging Leaders informational sessions where participants can network, learn about the program and apply to participate:

Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Date: Friday, April 17
Place: Prairie Bay, 15115 Edgewood Drive N.

St. Cloud
Time: 4 to 6 p.m.
Date: Thursday, April 23
Place: Lake George Municipal Complex Sun Room, 1101 7th Street S.

Attendance is not required to participate in the Emerging Leaders program. Applications to the Emerging Leaders program will be available online and in a printed form beginning April 15.

About the Supporters
The Emerging Leaders program is supported by a Bush Foundation Leadership Network grant. The Bush Foundation’s investment in building the capacity of individuals through fellowships began in 1965. Since then, more than 2,200 Bush Fellows and Native Nation Rebuilders have reshaped every aspect of the region. The full list of Leadership Network Grant recipients can be found at

Visit the Emerging Leaders page on for additional resources.


The Initiative Foundation exists to improve the quality of life and to build stronger communities within its 14-county region of Central Minnesota by offering business loans, nonprofit grants, donor services and leadership training. Since 1986, the Initiative Foundation has invested more than $70 million in the region through targeted grants and business financing investments, including: 900-plus business loans totaling $45 million, which have leveraged $280 million in private business investment while securing more than 12,000 quality jobs; 4,100 grants totaling more than $25 million; 700-plus scholarships totaling $620,000; and 6,340 community leaders trained.


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

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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.
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