Intro to Digital Mapping Workshop

“Are you on the Map?”

  • Do you or your business have a sign on the Digital Information Highway?
  • Can people find your business when they search an online map or a GPS device?

This Workshop will show you how to get where you want to go. It will teach you how to “make sure” you  and your business is a roadside destination in the digital world.

♦ Learn how to place your business or organization on a variety  of digital maps.

♦ Understand the emerging consumer use of location based services in everyday activities.

♦ Make sure the available information about your business or organization is correct.

♦ Learn how to maximize your organization’s digital map presence.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Audubon Center of Northwoods


Audubon Center of the North Woods 54165 Audubon Drive  Sandstone, MN 55072
This workshop will be An Introduction to Digital Mapping and will teach you how to place your business or organization content on digital maps  (ie.Google Maps)

Includes: Class at Audubon Center of the North Woods, and Lunch.  R.S.V.P. to Elaine Balk email: or call 952-406-8832

A  wireless laptop is NOT required for this class. If you want to participate “hands on” you will need a wirless laptop.
Questions or to Register: Elaine Balk email: or call 952-406-8832

Cost: $25.00

Autumn fresh air inspires fresh visualizations


Leaves begin to change color northeast of Pine City

After meeting with over 50 Pine City entities (representing businesses and organizations) Friday morning and afternoon — and another 60 Pine City residents Friday night — the Minnesota Design Team rolled up their sleeves and began working to illustrate what Pine City’s future could look like, based on the community’s vision.  With the looming H1N1 threat and the Dragon grideron squaring off versus Braham (which Pine City handily won, 36-18), city staff was impressed with the number of community residents who participated through the weekend to express their desires to the Design Team.  Saturday evening, at 7:00 P.M. in the Elem. Auditorium, the team will present to the community as many as 20 illustrations which the community can reject or embrace, and began working toward.  What do you hope will be drawn?

Help with Minnesota Design Team


The City of Pine City is looking for an interested organization or club who would like to help with a community dinner on Friday, Sept. 25 (in conjunction with the Minnesota Design Team visit).  For more information or to express your interest, contact City Planner Nathan Johnson at (320) 629-2575 or

Discussion of President’s Health Care Plan


The President has asked Americans to make a special effort in support of health care reform in the coming weeks.  There are many diverse opinions on the matter.  To learn about what is being proposed, click here.  If you support the plan, he has created an online petition here.

Oct. 6, at 7:00 P.M. the Pizza Pub in Pine City, the Pine County Young Dems invite you to take part in a discussion about President Obama’s health care plan, no matter where you stand on the issue.

Contact Keya Oesterreich, Chair of the Pine County Young Dems, for more info at (320) 629-0094.

3rd Lair/City Host Skateboard Event!


New Local Book Coming Soon


Images of America:  Pine City, part of the Images of America Series (Arcadia Publishing), is scheduled to be available in January, 2010.  The book includes approximately 200 vintage photographs of Pine City area and a written narration. Those wishing to be notified of specific information about the sale of the book should contact author Nathan Johnson at

As Horizons Winds Down, Work Teams Fire Up

Threshold after threshold is being met and the 18-month-long Horizons Program in Pine City is proving to be a story of success.  In the City of over 3,000 residents, who celebrated its Quasquicentennial (125th Anniversary) in 2006, several challenges were being faced at the beginning of the program in 2008.   Limited local jobs and and a large metro commutershed contribute to the area’s 14 percent poverty rate and challenged its future.

A solution:  Banding together and forming a more cohesive community.  

That’s where Horizons came in, a leadership development program especially designed for small, rural communities with populations of 5,000 and fewer, poverty rates of at least 10 percent, and with histories of demographic change.  Its purpose is to expand and strengthen community leaders to address local poverty and move to hope and prosperity. Initiated and funded by the Northwest Area Foundation since 2003, Horizons training and coaching has been delivered directly into roughly 300 communities.

Developing new leaders with skills and willingness to guide change is a key objective of the Horizons program.  For communities to thrive, everyone has to have an opportunity to prosper.  Three (3) work teams have begun working on that behalf and invite others to participate:

  • People Helping People
  1. Establish a Trade, Barter and Buy Store.
  2. Establish a local “Fare for All”.
  3. Create Homeless and Emergency Housing.
  • Pine City Prospers
  1. Basic Needs Educational Classes (Financial, car repair, resume building, etc.).
  2. Develop Micro Loan Program (car repairs, water heaters, appliances, etc.).
  3. Develop programs to help families (maintenance, energy efficiency, safety, etc.).
  4.  Research Community Center feasibility.
  • Everything Pine City
  1. Complete Community Resource Guide.
  2. Host Networking Event.
  3. Build an informational kiosk (for resources).
  4. Create a resource-based Web page.

For more information on these resources or on how to get involved, please contact

Red Rock Radio reports on Horizons

To see the story, visit Red Rock Radio’s news page by clicking here.

Participate in Community Survey

The City of Pine City, in preparation for the Minnesota Design Team visit, invites you to participate in the following survey:

Click Here to take survey