Calendar Highlights for January 29 – 31

I’d like to send a special thanks to “Mary”, one of the “weekenders” that frequents this great town that so many of us call home. She came across our blog and took the time to send us a note asking for some weekend highlights for Pine City. I will do my best to share this information as it comes in, but if you know of other Community Calendar events that are not included, please comment on this post.

Pine City will be hopping with activity this weekend, so put down the book and enjoy one of the great events that will be happening this weekend:

Visit the 2010 Lifestyle Show sponsored by WCMP/WXCX Red Rock Radio. Nearly 40 exhibitors will be on hand to provide great information about their business or their organization. Friday, January 29th from NOON – 7PM and Saturday, January 30th from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM.

The Pine City High School invites the public to attend the One-Act presentation of “The Exonerated” at 7:30 PM on Friday, January 29th at the Pine City Elementary Auditorium.

The 18th Annual nine-hole golf scrample on Lake Pokegama will take place on Saturday, January 30th at Mitchell’s Landing. Team sign-up begins at 10 AM. Shotgun start at NOON. Call Mitchell’s Landing at 320-629-9979 for more information.

On Saturday, January 30th, the Pine Riders ATV Club is sponsoring a Radar Run at the Chengwatana Country Club/Maverick’s, just 6 miles east of Beroun. Registration begins at 9AM and the runs will begin at 11AM. For more information vist the Pine Riders ATV Club website.

For more event information, check out the Community Calendar on the Chamber of Commerce website or the Events listings online at the Pine City Pioneer.

The Pine City Area Chamber of Commerce will gladly accept information on events that are happening in the Pine City area to add to our calendar of events. If you would like your event added, send an email to

PCHS presents “The Exonerated”


Culled from interviews, letters, transcripts, case files, and the public record, The Exonerated tells the true stories of four wrongfully convicted survivors of death row in their own words.  The stories of Kerry Max Cook, Sunny Jacbos, Gary Gauger and Delbert Tibbs move between first-person monologues and scenes set in courtrooms and prisons. They paint a picture of an American criminal justice system gone horribly wrong and of four brave souls who persevered to survive it.

In this photo, Jorie Williamson (foreground) reads a monologue as Sunny Jacobs, a woman who spent sixteen years on death row for a murder she never committed. The talents of a dozen Pine City students were put on display on Mon., Jan. 18 as the local thespians presented “The Exonerated” one-act play at a festival at St. Cloud State University, where judges praised their performance as “bold.”   The students also travel to Mora on Tues., Jan. 26 for an exhibition festival.

The students will present “The Exonerated” for the public on Fri., Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Elementary Auditorium.   Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for students, though due to subject matter, the play is not recommended for elementary students.

They will also be competing in Sub-Section Contest on Sat., Jan. 30. If the students place first or second, they will advance to Sections at St. Paul Harding on Sat., Feb. 6. Pine City has advanced to the Section Finals each of the past two years.

Crazy madness begins


In case you did not know it is almost the end of January, almost the beginning of February, almost Farmers’ Market and Community Garden time. I know we have a few more months, and with the weather today we are surely not that close, but the meetings are starting. Last week was our first Community Garden Committee meeting (if you want to be apart of this years organizing please let me know), it feels good to be starting again. And this year we hope things will go a little smoother. Last year we were in a kind of hurry because the garden was under a deadline for the Horizon’s program. So things were a little intense. Right now are focus is getting the word out there. PINE CITY HAS A COMMUNITY GARDEN! This garden is for those who want to learn to garden, don’t have the space to garden, want to socialize and garden, want to cut down the grocery bill, or just plain want to garden. We have over 30 plots available, with more tillable land if needed.
Maybe because we live in a “farming community” people might not think that having a community garden is important, but there are so many people in our community that do not have access to land, or the resources to garden. When I first started with the Horizon’s program I learned that Pine City has a poverty rate of over 10% of it’s population, that is so huge. This garden should serve as a way for families to spend time together, learn about healthy foods, and feed themselves. A month or so ago I watched a great documentary called Food Inc., anyway in the movie there was a family that was followed as they went grocery shopping. This family was spending most of their income on medication, anyway in one particular scene they were in the produce department, they looked at a few items and decided that they could not afford the “healthy” foods that it was cheaper to feed their family at a fast food restaurant than buying fresh produce in the grocery store.
Being able to provide fresh, healthy food for your family is a gift, if you or anyone you know might want to be part of the garden this year, please have them call Colleen Gallus at 629-7145. For a limited time each plot will only be $15 (a $5 savings over last year), there is grants available for those that need them. There is also a program for children, call Colleen for more details:)

This garden is a gift to Pine City, what a wonderful resource, what a wonderful gift!

Duskwind Farm

Ahh back on line

I love living in a small rural community. I love how quiet it is, I love how there is still land, trees and water. Living in the ‘country’ the things I don’t like are, no or low cell phone reception, no voice mail (yep you can have a phone but forget about voice mail- does not make sense to me but we are living proof), and almost no way to get internet (sorry there is no way I call dial-up internet, and I refuse to pay any money for the ‘service’). Anyway we finally got internet at home, only 2 months later to break the darn external modem thing, so $120 later we are back online!!
This was only exacerbated by the fact that 3 weeks ago I slipped on the ice, sprained my ankle and have been on crutches ever since. Oh, the things you think you can get done when you are laid up in bed, none checked off the list so far. If you know me, you know that sitting still is not my thing, well unless I am sleeping or watching a movie. I have however done several things that were not on my list, one being putting all my favorite recipes into my very own homemade cookbook. Having one place to go for all my recipes is very handy, especially when I cook at least 2 meals a day, sometimes 3. And you can’t forget all the desserts, my book is half meal recipes and half desserts:) So speaking of desserts this one is for all you trying to cut corn syrup out of your diet.

Halfway Healthy Pecan Pie

1 cup sugar
½ cup brown rice syrup
¼ cup butter
3 eggs
1 ¼ cup pecans

Combine sugar, syrup and butter in saucepan, bring almost to a boil. Remove from heat. In a bowl, beat eggs until frothy, stir in pecans. Slowly pour the hot syrup mixture over the eggs and pecans, mix thoroughly. Pour into pie shell and bake at 350° for 30 to 35 minutes. Be careful not to over-bake, center should be a little “wiggly.”

Duskwind Farm

December Pine City Horizon Team Meeting Minutes

Pine City Horizons Team
Meeting Minutes
Monday, December 21st, 2009
5:00 pm Pine Tech

Purpose: Sustain the vision of building prosperity, reducing poverty – keep the “fire alive”- and coordinate Work Team activities in the community.

Vision: Welcome to Pine City where people live, work and play. Our beautiful city offers many recreational choices, community events and an active arts community. Youth are healthy, active and drug-free and a part of a positive multi-generational culture. Energy is renewable & sustainable. We welcome change that makes our community better and we welcome you to visit or stay and live here with us.

Present: Cyndy Cohen, Kathy Doenz, Kris Engh, Marcia Howard, Becky Schueller, Becky Macki, Jennifer Peterson, Jennifer Erdmann.

Absent: Kayla Defenbaugh, Jan Nettleton, Sydney Rydberg, Lezlie Sauter.

Learning About:
Marcia presented on Crisis Transportation Funding for low-income households who are receiving services from Isanti, Chisago, and Kanabec Counties. Pine County has yet to sign up. To make inquiries regarding Pine County participation in the program call Pine County Human Services. The following Transportation –related expenses covered:

• Necessary auto repairs, auto insurance payments, auto loan payments, licensing fees, repair related towing expenses, gas vouchers/card, transit passes and costs associated with obtaining a Drivers license (excluding fines or penalties).

Minutes from 11/16/09
No changes needed.

Work Team Reports (Activity since last meeting)
• Everything Pine City: Met the week of December 14th. They have given the Pine City Pioneer the information that they had already collected to incorporate into the existing “Pine City Pioneer Information Guide” as published by the Pine City Pioneer. The information guide should be published sometime in January or February. They will also be holding a “Networking Luncheon” in January/February with local businesses and service groups. Will promote increased membership, advertising for upcoming events/fundraisers and co-ordination of services.
• Looking Forward – Youth: Becky & Becky reported attending the last PTO meeting. Over the next few months the PTO will be piloting the Enrichment Classes on Thursdays. In January grades 5 & 6, February grades 3 & 4 and in March grades 1 & 2 will have enrichment classes from 3:00 to 4:30 for a minimal fee of $10.00 for the month. When completed the teachers, parents and students will be given a questionnaire which will let the PTO know if the program was a success and of any suggestions for the next year. Discussion was had on how the Initiative Foundation might assist in the possibility of having a student intern from the University of MN earn credits while working with the PTO and the enrichment program.
• People Helping People: Kris reported that Evergreen Church had completed the application for Angels Food Ministry program and the application was accepted. They had training at the Living Word Christian Center. They expect to start taking orders in January for a February food distribution. There was a $50.00 application fee. Judy Lawhon will be writing an article in the Pioneer. The following volunteers will be needed: help with serving, carrying bags to vehicles, directing people where to go, un-loading trucks.
• Pine City Prospers: Marcia reported that Sarah from Rural American Bank agreed to conduct the More $ More Sense on Tuesday January 19th. Every other month the classes will be held in the evening. PCP team will put the class in the Happenings section of the newspaper. Marketing for the class also included passing out flyers.

Fiscal Agent
Our Fiscal Agent has still not been determined. We have received an extension until mid January. Becky will be attending a meeting tonight at Evergreen Church to discuss the possibility of their being our fiscal agent. We can use a temporary fiscal agent until a permanent one can be found, however we will not be able to change the fiscal agent again until after our final check comes through in April/May. Becky Maki reported after speaking with Dennis Fischer she did not feel that the Pine City School system would be a good fit. Other suggestions for a fiscal agent: Lakes and Pines and the Pine City Food shelf.

Becky Maki – nothing to report.

Resources needed

People Helping People:
• Love Inc
• Interfaith (church members with families helping families in need)
• Contact Pine County Housing Authority and ask if there are 1 or 2 places to serve as temporary/emergency housing (guest rooms or apartments)
• Evelyth Horizon community
• Greater MN Housing Fund (form a task force first).

Pine City Prospers:
• Community Center Feasibility Plan “Healthy Communities”, Don Frank @ the Initiative Foundation completed one for Braham at no cost.
• Conference call meetings set up by the foundation to ask questions.
• Get information from the St. Paul Foundation, Starbeck and Hoffman Horizon communities, Mountain Lake Alumni community.
• There is money available to communities who have limited “Disaster Areas” Oberstar’s office will help get the funds.
• Guaranteed Loan Program: work with Local banks to secure emergency loans for low-income residents of pine city.

Looking Forward – Youth:
• Curriculum for Dollars 2 Works program, Ring of Engagement, Youth Works Institute, Adults Engaging Youth.

Everything Pine City: Has no need at the present time for any outside resources.

Grant Writing Workshop Debrief and Follow-up
Everyone should be looking for grant applications. Start utilizing the information from the grant training. Contact Lori Ann for review and critique of applications.

MN Nonprofit Conference: Passport Program
Statewide Horizon Communities to host events in which other Horizon Communities would visit and network. Each community will have a passport that they will have signed, contacts noted. This would ensure that there will be a strong network in place for all Horizon Communities.

Pine City Heritage Players present “She Loves Me”


The Elementary Auditorium is a bustle of activity again this winter as actors and musicians return to the stage for the upcoming musical production of “She Loves Me” that will be presented by the Pine City Heritage Players in February. This popular show is one of multiple adaptations of a play called “Parfumerie”. Other well-known adaptations include the movies, “The Shop Around the Corner” and “You’ve Got Mail”.

The cast started off the New Year learning the music and memorizing lines for the musical comedy. The show brings together an ensemble cast of characters that will be portrayed by Theran Hedtke, Dawn Barstad-Carpenter, Jay Schueller, Sandi Sparling, and Jasper Thomas as well as newcomer Ben White. The clerks that keep Maracek’s Parfumerie running smoothly will surely bring smiles to all that meet them.

Other cast members include: Mike Schmitz, Adam Martin, Kristen Waxberg, Katy Tester, Sandra Wawersich, Thad Hedtke, and Briana Engh.

The production is directed by Becky Schueller along with musical director, Joni Nelson. Other technical staff includes: Jay Schueller, Technical Director; JoLynn Howard, Costumer; Dennis Howard, Assistant Technical Director; Jodi Hodgson, Stage Manager; and Cyndi Hedtke, Production Manager.

The Pine City Heritage Players are supported by volunteer efforts in our community. Anyone with an interest in assisting with set construction, locating props, sewing of costumes, working in the box office and concession sales, should contact Becky Schueller for more information. Contact Becky at 320-298-0014 or by email at

Tickets will be available beginning February 1st. Adult tickets are $8 and student tickets are $6. Performing: February 12, 13, 19 & 20 at 7:30 PM and February 14 at 2:00 PM.

Help for Haiti at Hoops Games


  • “One Gallon Challenge” gives locals chance to help

Devastation.  Broken families.  Ruins.   Haiti is a nation in chaos…  Pine Citians can help.

Red Rock Radio is hosting the “One Gallon Challenge” at Pine City boys’ and girls’ basketball games on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.   Gallon milk jugs will be passed around during the games and the goal is to fill as many jugs as possible with financial donations.  Coins, cash and checks will be accepted.  ALL the money raised will be sent to the Twin Cities Red Cross Chapter who will send the funds directly to the victims of the Haiti earthquake.

Any questions, call (320) 629-7575 or email   All checks should be made payable to “The American Red Cross“.  Write “Haiti” in the memo line.

Opportunities to make a difference:

  1. Tues., Jan. 19 – Rush City @ Pine City (Girls’ Basketball), 7:30 p.m.
  2. Thurs., Jan. 21 – Mora @ Pine City (Boys’ Basketball), 7:30 p.m.
  3. Fri., Jan. 22 – Aitkin @ Pine City (Boys’ Basketball), 7:30 p.m.

Did you hear?

Dog leads master — a Pine County investigator — straight to unconscious man

In my former life (before farming and being a mom) I was a dog trainer, or as I usually said a people trainer. Dogs are so smart no need to train them, it is all about us humans understanding how to get them to do what we want, and understand how dogs communicate and think. So anything that has to do with dogs I love to read about. This morning my husband send me this link- what a great story, and right here in Pine City. Even the dogs are great community members:)

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Pine Center for the Arts Announces Winter Classes

A new schedule of classes has been released and registrations are being taken now! The schedule includes a variety of offerings that are sure to fit even the busiest of scheules. Choose a class that meets weekly for six weeks or take a short course that meets for extended times, but for just two weeks.

Some classes begin as early as January 20th, so we encourage you to check out our website for the complete list of available classes. We are offering extended hours for registration THIS WEEK ONLY – volunteer staff will be available to take registrations on Wednesday & Thursday from 12PM to 6PM, and Friday from 12PM to 8PM.

Any classes that begin next week must have paid registrations in by Saturday at 1PM. For classes that begin in February, March or April, we ask that your registration is submitted a minimum of one week prior to the first date of the class. The Pine Center for the Arts reserves the right to cancel any class not meeting the required minimum number of students.

Other happenings at the Pine Center for the Arts:

* Gallery Reception for new exhibit by Bud Bullivant will take place on Friday, January 15th at 7:00 PM

* Watch for details in the coming weeks regarding the “Singing Valentines” fundraiser February 12, 13 & 14.

* The Center is seeking a new Volunteer Coordinator.

For more details on any of these items, visit the Pine Center for the Arts website at

PTC Shooter’s Association to host 27th Annual Gun Show

PINE CITY, Minn. – The Pine Technical College Shooter’s Association is set to host the 27th Annual Gun Show on campus, Feb. 27 and 28. More than 120 vendors will spread out in the PTC Student Lounge, classrooms and labs to feature the latest in firearms innovations and interesting historical pieces. More than 3,000 are expected to attend and will be able to buy, sell and trade firearms.

“This is the Shooter’s Association premier annual event,” says Greg Shufelt, PTC Shooter’s Association President and second year gunsmithing student. “This event offers something for everyone, whether they are a first-year gunsmithing student, a once-a-year hunter or an avid collector,” Shufelt adds.

The 27th Annual Gun Show is open to the public and runs Sat. Feb. 27, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun. Feb. 28, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Adult admission is $5 and free to children 12 and under. Food for purchase will be available.

The Shooter’s Association is a student group comprised of 40 PTC gunsmithing students, staff and faculty members. Shooter’s Association members host and manage the popular annual show, and have grown the event since its inception in 1983 into the anticipated event it is today.

“We’re very proud to host this event,” says Shufelt. “This is a chance for our members to really showcase their craft to the community, and it shows,” adds Shufelt.

Most members of the Shooter’s Association are gunsmithing students at PTC. The program offers a 26-credit gun repair certificate and a 68-credit gunsmithing diploma. Alongside gun repair and gunsmithing, students learn skills in woodworking, metalworking and welding. The program boasts a 100 percent job placement rate.

For more information about the 27th Annual Gun Show, call 800-521-PINE, ext. 572. For more information about the PTC gunsmithing program, call 800-521-7463.