Speech team repeats as conference champions!

  • Pine City’s speech team earns back-to-back Great River Conference title by an overwhelming margin


Last Tuesday, Ogilvie hosted the Great River Conference Speech Meet and Pine City came away with their second conference title is as many years.  The local students, led by head coach Beth Steinleitner, led the seven-team field by an astonishing margin, accumulating 62 points with Ogilvie trailing at a distant second (with 38 points).  

Pine City had the distinction of having a student place in each of the 13 categories, and 20 of 25 speakers placed in the top five in their respective category. 


Five speakers took first place honors, and Aaron Nisley, Josh Palmer, and Trevor Clune repeated as conference champions for the second year in a row. 

Other area schools:  Rush City placed fifth with 19 points, Hinckley-Finlayson placed sixth with 17 points, and Braham finished in seventh place with 3 points.

Come Enjoy Happy Hour & Network With Us!


It is the Everything Pine City Work Team’s goal to beef up the area information guide and create an information kiosk in the downtown area that would be available 24/7 to access everything about Pine City!

Here’s YOUR chance to make sure your organization gets in the guide, correctly & accurately. Tell us about what you do, when you do it and how you do it, so we can share it with everyone in Pine City. If you want, we’ll even give you an opportunity to briefly showcase your organization during the event with a two minute “commercial”. Looking to boost membership? This is your ticket! Best of all, help us unify the Pine City community and highlight some of our best assets– the organizations!

When: Thursday March 25th, 2010 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Where: Pine City Country Club – 10413 Golf Course Rd SW Pine City, MN 55063

Why: Complimentary appetizers, cash bar and networking opportunities! Bring a friend!

Please R.S.V.P. to:
Lezlie Sauter
1700 Maple Avenue East Mora, MN 55051
Phone: 320.679.1800 ext. 123
E-mail: lezlieb@lakesandpines.org

Spruce up Pine City


Become a Fan


Pine City’s Farmers’ Market now has it’s own facebook page become a fan and be informed about all the great things happening this summer.

With the market less then 4 months away, planning is getting underway for another great market. If you are interested in being a vendor check out our facebook page or contact the market manager at FarmersMarketInThePark@gmail.com

Duskwind Farm

Greater Pine Area Endowment Announces Grant Funds Available

The Greater Pine Area Endowment has announced that a Spring Granting Cycle will be available in 2010. The deadline for submission of grant applications is Friday, April 30, 2010. There will be $18,000 in grant funding available in this spring granting cycle.

The Greater Pine Area Endowment Fund was created in 1992 as a component fund of the Initiative Foundation to develop community resources and to enhance the quality of life of individuals and families in the Pine City area. The GPAE funds have been established to provide financial resources for the needs of the greater Pine area within the physical boundaries of the Pine City School District 578.

The grant funds can be used for economic or community development projects. For economic development projects, funding will be considered for projects that lead to quality job creation or high tech employment. Projects that promote community pride and quality of life through environmental stewardship and community beautification would be considered under the community development category. The GPAE will also consider proposals that positively impact the housing, safety, employment and other needs of the more vulnerable members of the community including youth, the elderly and those who are low-income.

Since its inception, the GPAE has granted to organizations such as Pine City Schools for the Community Electronic Message Display Board, Pine County Sheriff’s Department for the K-9 Unit Start-up; the Pine City Arts Council for the Robinson Park Gazebo Addition; and the City of Pine City/Pine City Area Chamber of Commerce for website restructure.

Recently updated applications for the Spring Granting Cycle for 2010 can be obtained by contacting Becky Schueller at 320-629-4565 or info@pinecitychamber.com or Tom Gahler at 320-629-7713. A new website has also been created where more information on granting guidelines and application forms can be obtained. Visit the website at www.greaterpineareaendowment.com for more details. Complete grant applications can be submitted in person, by mail or by electronic communication, on or before the deadline date of Friday, April 30, 2010.

Angel Food Ministries- Order Deadline Tomorrow!

If you have not heard of this great program brought to Pine City by our wonderful Horizons work team, People Helping People. Angel Food Ministries is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing great food at a reasonable cost in quantity (not Sam’s club quantity), but enough to help get you through the month. There is no qualifications, minimums, income restrictions, or applications. All you have to do is get your order in either online or by calling Jan at 763-222-9206 or Kris at 320-282-9359. Jump on the bandwagon lots of others are doing it. Follow the link below to see what is in this months boxes.


Duskwind Farm

Census Help Available at Hundreds of Locations Statewide


  • Nearest location can be found using interactive online map

Help with completing the 2010 Census or with getting the 10-question Census form will be available at hundreds of locations statewide beginning March 19. Trained personnel at 222 Questionnaire Assistance Centers (QACs) will be available to help people with completing the Census form. Be Counted Centers, at 245 locations, will have replacement forms for people who do not receive or have lost the form.

QACs will also have Census Questionnaire Guides in 59 languages, along with large-print forms and Teletext devices for persons with visual and hearing impairments. QACs will also provide reading and comprehension assistance to individuals to help them complete the form.

People can find the nearest QAC or Be Counted Center through an interactive map online at http://www.mn2010census.org/centers/. The map, developed by the Minnesota State Demographic Center, includes the names and addresses of the more than 300 centers, which are located in libraries, city halls, workforce centers, license bureaus, community centers, county government centers, churches and many other public and private buildings. Combination Questionnaire Assistance/Be Counted Centers will be at 157 locations.

For more information about Census 2010 in Minnesota, visit www.mn2010census.org/ on the Internet or contact Mario Vargas at 651/201-2479, mario.vargas@state.mn.us, or Ashley Edwards at 651/201-2474 or, census.2010@state.mn.us.

Speech Showcase this Saturday


You are invited to the 3rd annual

Pine City Senior High

Speech Show Case

Saturday March 20th 2010

6:00 pm

Pine City High School

7th grade commons

These kids do for fun what people fear the most!”

Showcase Your Organization or Business

Save the date:  Mar. 25

Location:  Pine City Country Club

Time: 5-7 P.M.

 For more information, contact Lezlie Sauter at lezlieb@lakesandpines.org

Pine City Horizon Team February 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, Jenny Erdmann, Marcia Howard, Lezlie Sauter, Jennifer Peterson.

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

Learning About…..Aha! Speaking On Poverty
Lezlie shared some information from a training she received about poverty at Lakes and Pines. The speaker shared some insights on what some of the causes are that bring families and individuals into poverty. Some examples were; an accident, lack of resources, death or divorce, loss of a job. Lezlie said there was a phrase that caught her attention. “If you choose to do this, than you have chosen to do this” the trainer said that for it to be effective you would need to state it in 3 different ways during your conversation. The phrase is meant to make it clear to the individual that the choice is theirs.

January Meeting minutes: Approved

Work Team Reports (Activity since last meeting)
• Everything Pine City: Lezlie reported that on March 25th at the Pine City Country Club from 5:30 to 6:30 the Everything Pine City Team will be hosting a “Come Network With Us” Event. There will be appetizers and a cash bar. This is an opportunity for the organizations of Pine City to get their information into the area information guide. Each group will have the opportunity to give a 2 minute commercial about their organization, anything from fundraising events to boosting membership. Mike Gainor from the Pioneer is going to put an ad in the paper. Some discussion was also had on the Kiosk the EPC team is working on. Cyndy suggested that the team should apply for the ECE Round Up Grant, that this is typical of the type of projects that ECE likes to be involved with.

• Looking Forward – Youth: Cyndy reported that a Tool Kit has been provided for the Before & After School Program from The Youth Works Institute. Any supplies that the group would like should be requested prior to March 31st. It would be considered “Technical Assistance” and could be obtained from the Horizons program at no cost. It was also suggested that the LFY team host an “Outdoor Event” for a mentoring program in the Pine City area.
• People Helping People: Kris reported that in January the People Helping People team and Evergreen Church started the Angels Food Program. For the month of January approximately 30 orders were placed. As of the 15th of February 54 orders had been placed without the additional orders that they will be getting from some of the senior living housing. The deadline is February 18th by 11:00 am.
On March 4th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Pine City Community Room the PHP team will be holding a forum to “Develop a Homelessness Task Force”. Those who have been invited to attend; Liz Kuoppala; Executive Director of MN Coalition for the Homeless, Dawn Beseman; Lakes and Pines, Life House, Central MN Housing, New Pathways in Cambridge, Julie Werner; Pine City Food Shelf, Mike Gainor from the Pioneer.
• Pine City Prospers: Marcia reported that the PCP team participated in a Conference Call with 3 groups to gain information on an Emergency Loan/Grant Program. Those that participated in the conference call were; Bruce Campbell, Good Samaritan Fund Director; Greg Werner of the Western Area Community Action Council; Christine Reis, Pine Tech Employment & Training. Topic of discussion was how to start up an Emergency Loan/Grant Program in the Pine City area.

Fiscal Agent
Our Fiscal Agent has still not been determined. The Pregnancy Resource Center is still discussing if they want to be Fiscal Agent. It was proposed by the Horizon Work Team that we get on the Pine County Board agenda to see if they would be willing to be the Fiscal Agent. Lezlie asked for other members of the HWT to join her so as to alleviate some confusion between her work relationship and the Pine City Horizons program. Lezlie, Cyndy and Kris will present to PC Board.

Americorps VISTA, Round 2?
Lezlie, Marcia and Cyndy submitted the Initial Inquiry to the Initiative Foundation on February 5th and were successful. We received an invitation to submit a full application by February 26th. It was suggested that we partner with The City of Pine City for a full time (shared) Vista. Discussion was had regarding the costs associated with a shared Vista. Some expenses discussed were mileage, computer, office space and training. The shared Vista will work for The City of Pine City and the Pine City Horizons Program. The thought is that since the Vista will office with The City at the courthouse that Nathan Johnson would be the direct supervisor. Marcia will contact Nathan from the city to discuss the above. Some of the functions that the Vista will do for the PCH could be: 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.

Blog Site Update
Jennifer is requesting training for some of the newly licensed bloggers. The date for that training will be March 18th. If you have information you want to put on the blog site send an email to duskwindfarm@gmail.com

Cluster Event
It was discussed that the Cluster Event be postponed due to the excess of projects that we are working on.

Other Business:

Horizons Advertising bill with the Pioneer
Becky Maki paid the $190.00 advertising bill with the Pioneer out of the Community Ed Fund.

“Closing Event”
A Horizon “Closing Event” will be held at the St. Cloud Civic Center on Saturday, April 24th. The invitation will be extended to current and alumni horizon communities.

**Tabled for the next meeting (entire agenda was not covered due to time constraints):

• 501C3 discussion

Next Meeting will be Monday March 15th, 2010 at 5pm at (not determined yet, will notify at a later date)

Meeting adjourned at 6:30 pm.