Watch Committee Meets


Neighborhood Watch is one of the most effective and least costly answers to crime.  Watch groups are a foundation of community crime prevention and they can be a stepping stone to community revitalization.  A small planning committee will begin meeting to discuss needs, the level of interest, possible challenges, and the overall Watch concept.

 Plan to attend: Mon., Feb. 2 @ DAKA Conference Room @ 7 pm (955 Industrial St NE)

Generally, a Watch group is an association of neighbors looking out for each other’s families and property, alerting the police to any suspicious activities or crime in progress, and working together to make their community a safer and better place to live.  The sheriff’s department cannot do it alone.

Everyone – young, old, single, married, renter or homeowner – is invited to attend.  For more information, contact Sarah Rydberg at (320) 629-8053 or E-mail .

Scholarships available for Teen Journalism Camp


ThreeSixty is a program at the University of St. Thomas that works with teens who are interested in pursuing a career in journalism.  They host two camps:

  • Intermediate (June)
  • Beginners (July)

Access application materials at

The program is supported by Northwest Area Foundation and they are very interested in recruiting teens from prior or current Horizons communities.  Full scholarships are available to all interested low-income teens.

ThreeSixty also holds a monthly Your Turn writing contest for high school students.  The prize is $100 and it gets published in local newspapers.  They are very interested in hearing from teens who live in rural areas.  Contact Program Director Lynda McDonnell at (651) 962-5282 or E-mail for more info.

15 reasons to attend Lifestyle Show

  1. It is FREE.
  2. Meet Minnesota Twins’ pitching coach Rick Anderson.
  3. Prize giveaways, including $500 in cash.
  4. The 4-H food booth is servin’ up great food.
  5. It’s a drop off site for non-perishable food for Pine Community Food Shelf.
  6. Witness the “Ladies’ Nail Driving Contest”.
  7. Get your Michael Willert book signed.
  8. Sign-up for drawings at many of the booths.
  9. People watch (last year, over 2,000 people attended)!
  10. See over dozens of exhibitors all in one place.
  11. Get a handful of freebies.
  12. Ask questions of the City or Chamber without going to their offices.
  13. Enjoy being out-and-about in the slightly warmer weather.
  14. Learn about Horizons.
  15. See what the on-air personalities of WCMP and WXCX look like.


Red Rock Radio’s Lifestyle Show is Fri., Jan. 30 (Noon to 7:00 P.M.) and Sat., Jan. 31 (8:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.) at the Pine City National Guard Armory, 1305 Main St S.

Where’s the 411?

images.jpegInfo Please!

Are you an information junkie? Do you like to be in the know?  Do you consider yourself knowledgeable about Pine City?

Join the Information Center/Kiosk Action Team

Gather information together and find a suitable location that would make community information available 24-7 and for pick-up.  Create a “wish-list” of resources to be made available, create a list of locations to have the kiosk, and develop ideas for a Web site.

Contact: Becky Schueller @ (320) 629-4565 or

1st Meeting: Tues., Feb. 3 @ 7:00 P.M. @ Pizza Pub.

Facility committee fires back up!


The Pine City Fire Hall Committee has scheduled its next three (3) meetings: Tues., Jan. 17, Tues., Feb. 10 and Tues., Feb. 24, @ 5:00 P.M. in the City Hall Community Room.  The meetings are open to anyone interested in discussing and planning future fire hall facilities.

Your letter of support needed


The City’s comprehensive plan is over 10 years old and the City wants to make the update process as participatory as possible for its residents.  The Governor’s Design Team came in 1988 to bring about a unified community vision at that time and the City is trying to bring them back in 2009…

Before the Minnesota Design Team will re-visit Pine City, they require letters from the community that demonstrate both an understanding of the Design Team process and support for the visit.  So far, support has been demonstrated from those checked below.  Those in bold font and without a check mark by them would be great to have letters from.  Contact (320) 629-2575, ext. 11 to express your willingness to write a letter of support.

Planning Commission                              Lions & Other Clubs

E.D.A.                                                         Faith Community

City Administrator                                   Township Residents

City Planner, City Admin. & Mayor       School Representatives

Volunteer Firefighters                              Students & Young People

Chamber of Commerce                            Those not otherwise involved

Business People                                       Senior Citizens

Hot Dish Buffet benefits Library


Another ‘Hot Dish Buffet’ will take place Friday, Jan. 30 from 4:30 – 7:00 P.M., at the Zion Lutheran Fellowship Hall (kitty-corner from the Pine City Library).  Proceeds will benefit the Pine City Library Foundation.  Enjoy hot dishes, jellos, salads, buns and bars.  Tickets are available at the library (300 5th Street SE).  $7/adult, $5/child (6-12), $25/family and pre-schoolers are free.

What do you think?

There have been several installments of what do you think?  It’s your chance to sound off about a whole host of topics, from ‘What are the biggest causes of poverty in Pine City?’ to ‘Where is the best place to eat in town?’.  This poll’s topic has to do with traffic.  Almost every street in town has seen traffic counts increase over the last decade.  Some intersections seem unsafe to both pedestrians and motorists alike.  What do you think is the worst intersection in town?

Online Surveys & Market Research

Local restaurants make great partners


With no community center and the limited meeting space around town, the Horizons program has utilized a number of the local eateries for its various meetings.  At least three of the action teams will be meeting at the Pizza Pub and one will meet at the A&W over the course of the next two months.  So far, Horizons has made use of several other restaurants, including Wings North, Mom’s Hometown Cafe, JD’s Good Food To Go and Reddog Billy’s to name a few.  It’s a win-win for those involved and for the businesses.  The Horizons committees appreciate the meeting space with a menu full of food options, and the restaurants appreciate the added business and exposure while at the same time contributing to the success of the program.  It’s one more way that Horizons is building connectivity in the community.

Celebrate the Great Gift of Laughter


 Every holiday has a symbol.

The Global Belly Laugh Day symbol is a smiling sun with seven rays and dimples with the numbers 1 and 24.  

Global Belly Laugh Day is celebrated Jan. 24
on seven continents at 1:24 p.m. (local time).

Laughs and smiles are sunshine that
transform our moments 24 hours a day,
seven days of the week
on the seven continents.