Young Musicians Ring in the Season

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Sixth grade band students are busy practicing for their upcoming holiday concert. The students will perform a variety of seasonal selections that are sure to put everyone on the holiday spirit.

Elementary Concert is Thursday, Dec. 10

Next Thursday, the Pine City Elementary Auditorium will be filled with the joyful sounds of young musicians playing and singing their way through classic and contemporary holiday favorites. This event is a surefire way to put even the most Grinch-like individuals in the holiday spirit. The Elementary Band and Choir Concert is one of Pine City’s most popular annual events, featuring more than 200 band and choir students. The students will performing everything from upbeat songs like “Jingle Bells” and “Up On a Housetop” to the choir’s longstanding tradition of ending the night singing “Peace, Peace” in candlelight.

The concert takes place on Dec. 10 at 7:00 P.M. and admission is FREE of charge. The choirs are directed by Jennifer Hansmann and accompanied by Carol Nyrhinen. The bands are directed by Kevin Cahill and Brad Mariska.

It’s holiday time in Pine City

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Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Click daily to fight hunger

landolakes.jpgkare11.jpgFood shelves across Minnesota are hurting this year. Kare 11 and Land O’ Lakes are donating $1 for every person who clicks.

Go to this Web site and on the top right side of the screen there is a green boxed area where it says: “You Click, We donate.” It’s that easy. Consider keeping this in your favorites so it is easy to click on each day. It only takes a second.

Biting off what we can chew

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Ok, so Horizons is 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? That’s us.

The program’s purpose was to expand and strengthen community leaders to address local poverty and move the community toward hope and prosperity. Tall order – BUT – using the skills learned in Horizons, the great people of Pine City have studied the community’s needs, created a vision for the future and mobilized to make the vision a reality.

As a visual, the community has moved to the upper left quadrant of the circle (donut) above, having successfully completed the Study Circles, LeadershipPlenty and Community Visioning. Pine City’s now ready for action! And what actions are we going to take? What can we bite off that we can chew? Stay tuned…

Holiday Lighting Contest

Driving around town last night, I could already tell that the holiday spirit is arriving in Pine City. We all have a friend or a neighbor that has started to decorate their house for the Christmas holiday…or maybe it’s your own home that is decorated. With the great weather that we’ve been having, it’s likely more fun to be out hanging lights on the house now than in a few weeks when the weather could get chilly.

Another great incentive to get out and decorate now is the 5th Annual Holiday Lighting Contest that is coordinated by the Pine City Area Chamber of Commerce. The contest is open to any resident or business in Pine City and it’s a great way to show some community spirit along with your holiday spirit!

Each of the two categories, Residential and Business, will have one winner selected by a group of independent judges and each winner will receive $50 in Chamber Bucks to be spent at local restaurants or retail stores that are Chamber Members. The Residential Award is sponsored by Coldwell Banker Results and the Business Award is sponsored by Rural American Bank.

To enter the Holiday Lighting Contest, an entry form with signature must be completed and sent in to the Chamber Office. A signature is required in order to allow the address to be publicized. Contact Becky at info@pinecitychamber.com or 320-629-4565 for an entry form.

Holiday Madness – December 4th

Pine City will celebrate the beginning of the holiday season during the annual Holiday Madness and Christmas Carol Parade scheduled for Friday, December 4. This year’s event schedule has some new and exciting additions once again!
The Pine City Chamber is hoping to encourage all of the Pine City residents to make a donation to the Pine Community Food Shelf or the Pine County Toys for Tots drive. In that effort we are asking that a food or toy donation be made on Friday, December 4th to help deserving families in our community. Drop off your donation at one of the participating locations and you will be entered into the prize drawings. Northwoods Bank of Pine City, Cabin Coffees, Sprouts Hometown Market & Gifts and Java Joe’s Bistro will accept donations from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM on Friday. Donations will also be accepted in the lobby of City Hall from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM on Friday as well. The winners of the drawings will be announced in Robinson Park following the tree lighting.
Start off your night with Santa pictures from 4:00 – 5:30 PM at the City Hall Community Room. The Pine Center for the Arts and MINPACK, Inc. are joining as partners this year to make your holiday picture extra special. For just $3 per photo, you will receive an 8×10 portrait with Santa. Photos will be printed and available for pick-up following the Christmas Carol Parade.
Warm-up in Robinson Park by the campfire and enjoy the singing talents of Pine City’s finest. The high school choirs, led by Jennifer Krinke, will put us all in holiday spirits from 5:00 – 6:00 pm with their holiday sing-a-long.
The 8th Annual Christmas Carol Parade begins at 6:00 PM. Entries will travel from Pine Technical College, north on Hwy 61 to 3rd Ave SE, then go to Robinson Park in downtown Pine City. The parade features a variety of lighted floats with Christmas Carol themes; the Mayor of Pine City, Pine City Royalty, Wings North and Pine Technical College are among this year’s entries.
The lighting of the Christmas tree in Robinson Park will take place immediately following the end of the Christmas Carol Parade, so hurry on down! Chamber President Mike Anderson and Pine City Mayor Jane Robbins are scheduled to speak at the tree lighting ceremony. A new edition in 2009 will be the community reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. The reading is sponsored by the Pine Center for the Arts.
The Pine City Area Chamber of Commerce, sponsor of the events, invites everyone in East Central Minnesota to enjoy this day of Christmas cheer by taking advantage of the many events.

Five Tips for Surviving Black Friday

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Whether your destination is MOA, Rosedale, Maplewood, Arbor Lakes, Uptown, or stickin’ close to home buying local, these five tips may help you survive the stressors of Black Friday:

1. Make a list. Make a list of who you need to buy for. To save money, stick to the list as best as possible as it’s easy to get caught up in buying things you don’t need when they are SUCH a good deal.

2. Check times twice. Keep a close eye on store opening times while thumbing through ads. Some places open as early as Midnight, while others open at 5:00 A.M.

3. Lean on shopper resources. Make small talk with the people around you and/or use your mobile device. See if it’s such a good deal afterall. Mobile phone applications (such as ShopSavvi) and internet on the go allow you to find out the inside scoop on that hot item, and get the best possible prices.

4. There’s no time like the present. Start looking for deals NOW. Many major stores, such as Wal-Mart, Best Buy and Toys R Us, offer great deals right now. There are deals of the day, weekend sales and a lot more. Why wait? You could pick up all your presents before Black Friday arrives and actually sleep in the day after Thanksgiving!

5. Layer up. Wear layers of clothing. While it can get nippy outside, the stores are quite full of people and warm.

And the “People’s Choice” award goes to…

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Wagonmaster’s Saloon & Eatery became the 2009 “People’s Choice” award winner, after a close vote last Friday in the annual Taste of Pine County. It was chosen among a distinguished grouping: Grand Casino Hinckley, Java Joe’s Bistro (2007 winner), Nelson’s Market, and Wings North.
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WingStreet opens in Pine City

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Despite the economy, Pine City was successful in landing another fast food option this week. Wednesday, Pine City’s Pizza Hut became home to a Wing Street. With the addition of WingStreet, menu options grew tremendously. Beyond the pizza and pasta classics, one can now dine-in, order delivery or take-out, bone-in, bone-out or traditional chicken wings in a variety of sauce flavors. WingStreet offers Spicy BBQ, Honey BBQ, Garlic Parmesan, Cajun, Spicy Asian, Buffalo Burning Hot, Medium Buffalo, Mild Buffalo or All American (no sauce). Also available are appetizers consisting of Taters shaped in a “W” and Fried Cheese Sticks, among others. This is one of the only places around to offer delivery of wings for football games and other parties.

The rising popularity of chicken wings has made WingStreet the fastest growing chain in America, with over 1,600 locations and plans to add 4,000 more by the end of 2010. Hear what others are saying about the newly-added Pine City fare here.

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