Best & Worst of Pine City in Photos


A Photo Survey is being taken of Pine City in preparation for the Minnesota Design Team (MDT) visit.  In a short period of time, the task is to take photographs.  That’s where you come in!  Photograph up to three (3) images corresponding to each of the following topics.

  • What is the best about your community (favorite place or building)?
  • What are places that represent the least favorite image of your community?
  • What is significant about your community or what are the opportunities for creating unique places?

Then send your digital files to Jennifer Peterson at  If you don’t have a digital camera and need to check one out, arrange to get one from her at (320) 629-2664.

Walkable Workshop Rescheduled

walk.jpgPlease accept this invitation to attend a Walkable Communities Workshop in Pine City rescheduled to Monday, Sept. 14.  This workshop is part of an effort to make our city more pedestrian friendly and is put on by area resident Lisa Perlick of Isanti County Active Living with the help of the Initiative Foundation.

The workshop will be held from 4:30-6:00 P.M. in the Community Room at City Hall, at 300 5th Street SE.  Help develop realistic strategies to make Pine City a safe and more pleasant place to walk and thereby improve the health local residents.

At the workshop, learn more about successful pedestrian design, safety, education, enforcement and encouragement.  Attendees will relate these concepts specifically to the city by studying a walking area during the workshop.   A walking audit of this area will identify obstacles to walking and suggest potential short-term and long-term solutions.   Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing suitable for the weather that day.

We hope you participate in this important workshop.   Please call Lisa Perlick at 763-552-3254 or Nathan Johnson, city planner, at 320-629-2575 to RSVP or with questions.

Pokegama Township Hosts Informational Meeting for Property Owners

Pokegama Township recently joined the NW Pine County Small Cities Development Program, a grant program that the Cities of Willow River, Sturgeon Lake & Finlayson as well as the Townships of Kettle River, Sturgeon Lake & Bremen have started, that would bring grant funds into the area to assist low & moderate income homeowners, rental property owners and commercial property owners make improvements to their buildings.

Tuesday, August 25th 2009 at 7:00 p.m.

Pokegama Town Hall – 18336 Town Hall Road Pine City, MN 55063

The Small Cities Development Program is a program funded by the United States Department of Housing & Urban Development and adminstered at the state level by the MN Department of Employment & Economic Development. These funds are for small communiteis that do not recieve entitlements already from HUD, for community & economic development projects that serve low and moderate income persons, but the funds are limited and the application process is VERY COMPETITIVE. In order to have a good chance at receiving the grant funds, the area needs to show that their are eligible property owners interested in the program.

Interested property owners and/or elected officials should try to attend the short informational meeting, as there will be materials provided that outline the program’s eligibility requirements. The presentation only takes about 15 minutes and after questions from the audience, it usually wraps up after about 30 minutes total.

**Please note: On Tuesday September 1st, 2009 at 10:45 a.m. Pine County will be hosting a public hearing with regards to whether this program should be made available to all Pine County property owners.**

For more information, contact the Energy-Housing Department at Lakes & Pines Community Action Council, Inc. at 320.679.1800 or email

A total of 4 informational meetings have been held through out the participating communities:
Monday July 20th, 2009 at the Willow River City Hall at 6 p.m.
Monday August 3rd, 2009 at the Sturgeon Lake City Hall at 6 p.m.
Tuesday August 18th, 2009 at the Finlayson Community Center at 6 p.m.
The first three informational meetings were publicized in local papers… unfortunately, the local paper for Pokegama Township could not fit it in, so PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD QUICKLY.

PCHS announces fall musical


Pine City High School is proud to announce its fall musical, the Broadway classic “Little Shop of Horrors.”  The show focuses on a down-and-out skid row floral assistant who becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic, mysterious plant he names “Audrey II.”  Soon Audrey grows into an ill-tempered, R&B-singing carnivore.

One of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows of all time, this affectionate spoof of 1950s sci-fi movies has become a house-hold name, thanks to film version and a score by the songwriting team of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, who redefined the animated musical film with Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” and “Beauty And The Beast.”  Charming, tuneful, and hilarious, “Little Shop Of Horrors” promises to be the event of the year.

Performances of the musical will take place on November 13, 14, 20, and 21 at 7:30pm.  A special matinee will take place on Sunday, November 15 at 2:30pm, including a backstage tour for families before the performance.

For more information about the high school theatre program, or to learn more about group sales, contact director Bradley Mariska at (320) 629-4129 or E-mail

Wanted: Farmers’ Market Committee Members


Wanted:  Two (2) Farmers’ Market in the Park Steering Committee Members.  Ideally, the board desires an interested individual from the business community or someone who is a regular market customer.

The mission of the FMP is… “To establish and maintain a Farmers’ Market for the purpose of marketing local farm and homemade products; to improve production; to stimulate public interest; to increase consumption of local products; to spark the downtown Pine City economy.”

The committee meets on the 3rd Friday of each month, seasonally, at 8:30 A.M.  E-mail to express your interest in serving in this capacity.

Autumn Design Team visit planned


Autumn in Pine City

The Minnesota Design Team will arrive in Pine City this fall.  Save the dates Sept. 25-26 for two community gatherings:

  • Fri., Sept. 25 – Town Meeting, 7:00 P.M.
  • Sat., Sept. 26 – Design Team presentation to community, 7:00 P.M.

There are plenty of ways to get involved and plugged into this exciting event!  E-mail to see how you can help.  Some ways include:

  • Host a Design Team member
  • Help with food (pot luck, serving, etc.)
  • Distribute fliers
  • Take photographs of the best and worst of Pine City
  • Give a short presentation about one aspect of Pine City (industry, education, business, recreation, tourism, etc.) 
  • There is much, much more that you can do!

“Many hands make light work.”  – John Heywood

Please check back for more info.

Goal achieved – Vision Endorsed!


Together, we did it!  Recently, it was announced that the Pine City Horizons Vision was endorsed by well over 450 residents.  The number of signatures received by Horizons staff exceeded the threshold for the size of Pine City.  Way to go!

Pine one of few exurban counties in America to show job growth over past year


Jobs have been lost all over the country.  But losses have been especially higher in exurban counties, the fast-growing areas found between major cities and rural America.

Pine County apparently is bucking the trend.  It is one of the only counties home to exurbanites (over 6,000 of them) that witnessed job growth over the past year, according to June employment figures by the Daily Yonder.

Ball in the House returns to Pine City

Ball in the House is making a return trip to Pine City.  They will perform on Sat., Sept. 12 at 7:00 P.M. at the Elementary Auditorium.  Sponsored by Pine Center for the Arts, the event is $15 for adults, $12 for students and $10 for members of Pine Center for the Arts.  See them here on the Today show:

Dragons PTO Meeting – Looking for Volunteers

The Dragons PTO will be holding their first meeting for the upcoming school year on Monday August 10th at 6:30 p.m. in the Elementary School Media Center (Library).

On the agenda:
*Open house is scheduled for September 2nd from 4:30-8pm . The PTO will have a booth set up with information on the PTO and a sign up sheet asking for “Four Hours” of time. They need help getting this organized and are in need of volunteers.
*Scheduled Events/Meetings for the year
*Bulletin Board
*Read A Thon
*Chamber Membership
*VP Report- Including After School Care
*Secretary Report-Including Newsletter
*Treasurer Report-Including Tax Consultant
*Welcome Committee for New Teachers & Paras
*Thank You Committee

To get invloved contact:
President: Carri Sampson
Vice President: Glen Kleppe
Treasurer: Becky Schueller
Secretary: Erin Skalicky