Community Calendar Highlights for February 26 – 28

The last weekend of February is upon us, and there are another great variety of events that will be happening around Pine City. Whether you are a permanent resident of Pine City, or just stopping in to check out all that Pine City has to offer, you’ll enjoy checking out these events:

Annual Gun Show at Pine Technical College: The PTC Shooter’s Association hosts this annual event each year in Pine City. Annually, it draws 2000+ people to the community. There is a $5 entry fee, children 12 and under are free. Saturday hours: 8am- 5pm and Sunday hours: 9am – 4pm.

Images of Pine City – Vintage Photo Display: On Saturday, February 27th from 11am – 2pm visit the Pine City Community Room next to the Public Library for a trip down memory lane. Hundreds of vintage Pine City photos will be on display and historians from the area would love to share a bit of Pine City history with you. Pre-Order a Copy of Images of America: Pine City, due out Apr. 26th.

Lawnmower Races: Saturday, February 27th beginning at 11AM at Lakeview Supper Club and Event Center. Call 320-629-8039 for more details.

Changing Gaits Open House in Brook Park: Saturday, February 27th from 10am – 2pm. The open house will include a demonstration of how equine therapy is helping individuals overcome abuse, addiction, anger, poverty and more. The event is free and open to the public. Call 320-679-4468 for more information.

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Band featured in “Music Alive” at SCSU


Members of the Pine City High School Concert Band pose before their Holiday Concert this past December.  The 78-member ensemble will perform this Sunday at Ritsche Auditorium at St. Cloud State University. (Photo by Vicki Foss).

This Sunday (Feb. 21), the Pine City High School Concert Band will take the stage with the St. Cloud State University Wind Ensemble in SCSU’s annual “Music Alive” Festival Concert.  Pine City was invited for this prestigious performance based on their recent success at large group and solo/ensemble music contests.  The Pine City ensemble comprises 78 talented student musicians in grades 10 through 12, and is directed by Bradley Mariska.

According to Mariska, the invitation is a significant honor not only for the band program but the entire district.  “We are very proud to represent the Pine City Schools and community as a whole at this concert,” said the director.  “The success of the Pine City band program is a collective effort made by school staff and administrators, students and parents, and the community members who attends our concerts and support the district financially.  Their support is invaluable.”

This weekend, Pine City will play a trio of exciting and challenging works: La Roquina, a Spanish march by W.B. Green; With Quiet Courage, a touching ballad by Larry Daehn; and Abram’s Pursuit, a programmatic depiction of an Old Testament Biblical war composed by David Holsinger.

Just last month, Pine City’s music department was showcased with a performance by Jazz One at the Minnesota School Boards Association convention in Minneapolis.  There, over 1,000 school administrators from throughout the state were inspired by the talented locals.

At Saturday’s concert, hundreds from the St. Cloud area will come to not only hear the SCSU Wind Ensemble and the Pine City Concert Band, but will also be treated to performances by a high school honor band called Windfest Symphony and the Milaca High School Symphonic Band.  The concert is open to the public and begins at 3 p.m. at Ritsche Auditorium on the campus of SCSU.  Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.

For those unable to attend Sunday’s concert in St. Cloud, the Pine City Concert Band will have their annual Winter Concert on Mon., Mar. 8 in Pine City.   For more information about this or any other upcoming music events, contact Mariska at (320) 629-4129 or

Pine City Horizon Team January Minutes

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, Kris Engh, Marcia Howard, Lezlie Sauter, Becky Macki, Jennifer Peterson.

Absent: Kayla Defenbaugh, Jennifer Erdmann, Kathy Doenz, Jan Nettleton, Sydney Rydberg, Becky Schueller.

Fiscal Agent
Our Fiscal Agent has still not been determined. Lakes & Pines Community Action Council, Inc. declined the proposal for them to be our fiscal agent at their board meeting on 1/25/10 with the suggestion to approach Pine County’s Health & Human Services to be the fiscal agent. Discussion was held regarding this amongst members present that we approach Evergreen Church again as well as the Pregnancy Resource Center. Mike Gainor from the Pioneer was present during this discussion and is going to put a discreet article in the paper regarding our lack of a fiscal agent and how this is thwarting our proposed actions within our work teams.

Americorps VISTA opportunity
Discussion was held regarding the Pine City Horizons Work Team submitting the Initial Inquiry to the Initiative Foundation by February 5th, 2010. Cyndy outlined what the VISTA person could do for the Horizons team and this included: developing an emergency loan program, build capacity to deal with homelessness & emergency housing, coordinate basic needs classes & conduct research on many of our long term goals. This position would be available at no cost for one year, but could last for three years with a slight cost each year after the first one. The Initial Inquiry is a two page application where the team would outline where the VISTA would be housed, who would be the supervisor and what the day to day operations would consist of. Shortly after submission of the Initial Inquiry, the Initiative Foundation would contact us regarding their decision and if we were successful, the full job description would be due March 5th, 2010. Cyndy proposed that we could share the VISTA person with the Braham and Moose Lake Horizons groups, and Kris mentioned that Jan had been interested in sharing the VISTA with the Pregnancy Resource Center, and the PRC could be the host site. Cyndy is going to contact the PC Horizon Work Team by January 28th, 2010 regarding Moose Lake & Braham’ interest in sharing the VISTA and then Marcia will send an email out to all members to vote on which avenue the PC Horizons Work Team would like to pursue: partner with Moose Lake & Braham or partner with the Pregnancy Resource Center. A vote was held at the meeting to proceed forward with this Initial Inquiry and Marcia & Lezlie will work together to get the Initial Inquiry completed by February 5th, 2010. Some discussion was held in regards to the supervisor of the VISTA. Cyndy suggested Becky Maki or else Jan & one of the co-chairs. Becky Maki feels that she may not have enough time with her current obligations to be able to provide good supervision to the VISTA.

Grants Initiative Foundation
Marcia emailed Cyndy information regarding a grant opportunity through the Initiative Foundation to help non-profits build capacity. Cyndy felt that is wasn’t a good fit for the stage that the Pine City Horizons Work Team is at right now.

Blog Site Update
Jennifer is back online and would love for people to tell her what to blog about, so please send her information on your work teams meetings, activities, etc. so she can post it on the blog. Marcia requested Jennifer to blog about the free financial class being offered on February 11th, 2010 from 9am to 11am at the Pine City Community Room.

Work Team Reports (Activity since last meeting)
• Everything Pine City: Lezlie reported that the Everything Pine City team is planning to host a networking event for the local organizations listed within the Information Guide to help improve the information that is portrayed within the guide and also to give the local organizations to network with each other. The team would like to provide appetizers at the event, and they are looking at hosting it at the Pine City Country Club on March 11th or March 25th, 2010 from 5:30 – 6:30 pm.
Cyndy reported that the program can provide a presentation that is called “Brain Gain” which shares research findings on social capacity, comparing the level of citizen involvement and the successfulness of a small town. This is a 2 hour presentation that would have to be held by the end of March and have at least 30 people in attendance to work. A suggestion was made to post this opportunity on the blog to gage interest in the program and to host the event during the day, over the lunch hour to maybe get more people to the event.
• Looking Forward – Youth: Cyndy has contacted the Youth Works Institute about providing afterschool program curriculum to this work team and possibly an intern to help with the start-up. The next work team meeting is Tuesday January 26, 2010 at 1:15 pm so Becky and Cyndy were going to try and coordinate.
• People Helping People: No team member was here to report (Kris had to leave early), however Cyndy stated that in February she would like this team to host a homelessness learning event to gather facts and figures to help form a task force around the shelter idea.
• Pine City Prospers: Cyndy requested that this group notify her of their next meeting so she can organize a conference call to connect the resources with the work team. Marcia indicated that the next meeting was scheduled for Thursday February 4th, 2010 at 6 pm at the Pizza Pub. Marcia and Cyndy were going to secure the conference room at Pine Tech for a quieter atmosphere during the conference call.

**Tabled for the next meeting (entire agenda was not covered due to time constraints):
• Learning About… Strategic Planning Solutions
• Approval of December Meeting Minutes
• Planning of Cluster Event in March (Pine City host Braham & Moose Lake)

Next Meeting Monday February 15th, 2010 at 5pm and due to the holiday, the meeting will be held at the 4-Staffing Conference Room.

Community Calendar Highlights, February 12 – 14

Love is in the air this Valentine’s Weekend and there are a multitude of great things to do or be a part of this weekend:

Pine Center for the Arts is offering “Singing Valentines” scheduled for TODAY and Saturday…if you haven’t gotten one scheduled, consider stopping by the Pine Center for the arts after 4PM today and see if there are any slots left for Saturday! Cost to send a “Singing Valentine” is just $25.

The Pine City Heritage Players will present “She Loves Me” this weekend. Showtimes are: Friday and Saturday at 7:30 PM and Sunday at 2:00 PM. Tickets are available at the box office beginning 1/2 hour before show time.

Check out the North West Company Fur Post on Saturday, February 13th for “Queen Charlotte’s Birthday Ball”. This special costumed ball is modeled after formal country dances held in England in the 1800’s. The ball is from 6-9PM on Saturday night. To pre-register or for more information, contact the Fur Post at 629-6356.

Bingo Lovers can enjoy the “Valentine’s Turkey Bingo” at the Pine City VFW Hall on Saturday, February 13th, beginning at 2PM. Call 6629-3882 for more information.

The youth at Zion Lutheran Church will host their annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser on Sunday, February 14th from 5:00 – 6:30 PM at the church. Ages 4 and under are Free with an Adult purchase.

Golden Horizon’s Assisted Living Center will host their annual Sweetheart’s Dance on Saturday, February 13th from 2-4pm. The public is invited to attend. Music will be provided by Eddie Pangerl.

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 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.

Are we nice?

Deer and Fawn

Well of course we are- Umm Minnesota Nice. Okay fine but are we welcoming? When I say “we” I mean as a community, and I don’t mean welcoming into our homes. I mean welcoming newcomers into our community. As a relatively small rural community it is so important for us to be welcoming. We want new people to come to our community, and we want them to stay. That is what makes a community successful. Pine City has the opportunity to have a class that will help us learn about welcoming newcomers. And it is a little more in-depth then just learning to say hello. University of Minnesota researcher Ben Winchester would come and share his research with us, in a series he calls The Brain Gain, it would focus on our effectiveness of welcoming newcomers. Some of the things he will hit upon are; what our town looks like, our websites, our housing, how do we keep newcomers here, and much more. People who would benefit would be Realtors, employees of the city and county, elected officials, local businesses, and of course those of us who live here! This is an amazing opportunity, the class would be sponsored by the Horizon’s program (i.e. Free) we just need to know if we should go ahead and make the arrangements- so let me know what do you think, are you someone or do you know someone who would love to be apart of The Brain Gain. Post a comment or email me directly DuskwindFarm at gmail dot com

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Let’s Play Hockey! 1st Annual Outdoor Memorial Hockey Tournament This Weekend


Starting bright and early at 8 AM Saturday February 6th, 2010 the 1st Annual Beau Berglund Memorial Hockey Tournament will kick-off at the outdoor hockey rinks located outside the Pine City Civic Center, formally Korbel Arena. Last I heard, there were over 10 teams entered into the tournament with varying levels of skills, so the day should bring lots of entertainment & fun.

With temperatures expected to be reasonable – in the mid to upper 20’s – why not bring the whole family up to watch a Minnesota pastime and remember Beau Berglund and his love of the game of hockey.

For those of you that didn’t have the pleasure of meeting Beau, he was a fellow Pine Citian who loved to hunt, fish and play hockey and had an infectious grin that helped him befriend everyone he met. His friends decided to start this tournament to help remember him, after his life was cut short this summer after a long battle with cancer.

The weekend’s activities include continuous games Saturday and Sunday, a possible and always entertaining skills competition (think out of shape grown men trying to “look” like professional hockey players), as well as a raffle drawing. The warming house will be open for people to utilize and many friends of Beau and his family have donated food, items for the raffle, and supplies to help the tournament run smoothly, all weekend long.

Put your warm clothes on, fill your thermos full of your favorite hot beverage and get outside to watch some hockey!

For more complete information, contact the tournament director Cody Youngbauer at 320-629-4874 or