Enjoy the season of Arts downtown

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The Pine City Arts Council brings to downtown Pine City each season a colorful blend of musical art beginning this Friday, May 29, and running through the summer.  May 29 features the Pine City High School Jazz Band.  Next Friday, Jun. 5, is Allpensterne.  Dinner begins at 6:00 P.M. and is hosted as a fundraiser for different groups each week.  Music begins at 6:30 P.M.  Bring a lawn chair and enjoy!

Pine City Farmer’s Market in the Park

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Ahhh the weather is warming up and farmers market season is almost upon us. Pine City Farmers’ Market it the park is a huge draw in the summer averaging over 300 customers. Last year at the peak the market had 20 vendors. The market opens on Friday July 17th with hours from 11 to 1. But this year there will be a Saturday market as well. The first Saturday Market will be July 25th opening at 9am and closing at noon, both markets will go until the end of October. The market is a great place to shop for homegrown and handmade items. This year there will be several new vendors along with lots of returning vendors. It you have never been to the farmers market this year would be a great year to start the tradition. If you have any homegrown or handmade items you would like to sell I encourage you to become a vendor, you can come just for the day or for the whole season- it is up to you. You can find applications at city hall or online at Pine City’s website. The application is toward the bottom of the page and is labeled 2009 Vendor Applications, you will also find the handbook there. If you have any questions you can always email me at duskwindfarm@gmail.com

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Economic Recovery Assistance

Pohlad Family Foundation & MN Chamber of Commerce
Small Business Economic Recovery Assistance

The Pohlad Family Foundation has pledged $5 million to help small businesses in Minnesota survive the current economic crisis and be poised for recovery.  The money will be distributed in partnership with Grow Minnesota!, the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce’s private-sector initiative aimed at retaining and creating jobs.

Small businesses will have access to grants to retain their employees while planning for and adjusting to their futures. Access to short-term, low-interest working capital and capital improvement loans also will be available to help continue operations and finance capital improvements consistent with a company’s growth plans.

What small businesses are eligible?

  • Privately-owned, for profit.
  • Annual sales up to $10 million.
  • Fewer than 50 employees.
  • For loan applicants – application to a traditional banking institution made and denied.

For what purposes may funding be used?

  • Employee salaries and benefits in combination that best enables the business to retain valued employees.
  • Consultant assistance for growth/stabilization planning.
  • Working capital loans for business expenses requiring prepayment or payment upon delivery.
  • Short-term capital improvement loans for facility and/or equipment purchases, including bridge loans for purchases that require longer-term financing.

What funding is available?

  • Grants to retain valued employees while planning and making adjustments for future success up to $50,000 for each retained job, up to four positions per business; or,
  • Grants up to $10,000 for a consultant to assist with business planning; or,
  • Short-term, low-interest (3%) working capital loans up to $50,000 to continue business operations or,
  • Short-term low-interest (3%) capital improvement loans up to $50,000 to finance improvements consistent with the company’s strategic plan.

What is the grant deadline?

  • April 24th: Application available on the Minnesota Chamber’s Grow Minnesota! web site.
  • May 25th: Completed applications due to local chamber Grow Minnesota! partner.
  • June 15th: Completed applications submitted electronically to the Minnesota Chamber’s Grow Minnesota! office.
  • July 22nd: Final review of all applications.
  • August 1, 2009: Decisions announced and grants/loans distributed.

For more information, contact your local chamber Grow Minnesota! partner listed below or Kathi Schaff, at Grow Minnesota! at (651) 292-4667 or kschaff@mnchamber.com She will help you identify the appropriate Grow Minnesota! partner to contact.

Mini-Triathlon Announced

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Is this your vision?

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The Pine City Horizons Program is looking to rally the community behind a unified vision.  15% of the community must “sign-off” on this vision in order to meet the program threshold and advance its final segment.

To learn more about it or to sign-off, contact Lezlie at lezlieb@lakesandpines.org or Nate at njohnson@youbetnet.com.

Advertising the community

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Two generations ago, Pine City was heavily advertised to tourists from the nearby metro areas.  They would gather here on the weekends to dance, be entertained, recreate and relax.  It had been many years since the community had been promoted in anything other than Explore Minnesota materials but 2009 changed things.  Being named “Outstanding Community“, people are beginning to take notice again.  Pine City now has a presence in the Mall of America’s Explore Minnesota Stores and the above ad will be featured in the June edition of Minnesota Monthly, their ‘Up North Guide’.

Help school district with hiring process

What should ISD #578 look for when hiring a new superintendent?  You can help them decide by clicking on and taking this survey.

Reminder: FREE “More Money More Sense” Financial Classes May 12th-Tomorrow!

Communities Investing in Families is teaming up with the local Horizon’s Leadership “Financial U” Action Team to bring Free
Financial Classes to Pine City!

“More Money-More Sense” is a free 2 hour financial literacy class that provides useful information
to help families survive or avoid personal financial crisis, covering such topics as:

• Understanding Your Credit Report and Score
• Preventing Identity Theft and Fraud
• Debt Collection Practices and Your Rights
• Tips for Family Budgeting
• Smarter Shopping
• Where to go for Help

When:
May 12th, 6pm-8pm

Where: Pine City Community Room (Public Library Building)

The Horizon’s Leadership “Financial U” team and Communities Investing in Families welcome all to attend!

Spring is in the Air

The Community Garden is getting in gear. Last night we had our first class, and Saturday at 9 am at the garden will be our second. Here are some photos from last night.
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Dave Haugen and Charles Mans marking out the garden plots
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This is one of the sign that Mike Scott made and donated to the garden
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The other sign Mike Scott made- both are made out of recycled materials- a must see!
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Dave Haugen talking about getting started gardening
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Charles Mans discussing cool season crops

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Heritage Players announce tryouts

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The Pine City Heritage Players will be holding auditions on Mon., May 18 from 6:30 – 8:00 P.M. at the Pine City High School.   Auditions will be for the Freedom Fest One Acts that will be performed on Sat., Jun. 27.   Anyone interested in participating in this production MUST attend auditions.   For more information, please contact Becky Schueller at (320) 298-0014.