Sen. Klobuchar visits Memorial Day Weekend



U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar will honor America’s veterans on Monday, May 31, by participating in Memorial Day events and visiting with Minnesota veterans in Pine City.

Klobuchar is scheduled to visit the Pine City American Legion at 525 Main Street N. at 3:30 p.m. where she will present local veterans with a United States flag that has flown over the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

Earlier that day, Klobuchar will speak at the annual Memorial Day Service at Fort Snelling National Cemetery as well as visiting with veterans in Fridley, Lindstrom, Isanti and Princeton.

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Pine City highlighted in new book

The history of Pine City was captured in a new book that recently came out and is available at local and national retailers.  To learn more, click here.


East Central Minnesota Pride Details


Freedom Fest offers fun for the whole family!

Get Active!

June 26…Freedom Fest is less than a month away and there are a number of new events this year that we are excited to be presenting. These are just a few of the highlights:

The Third Annual Mini-Triathlon will begin at 9am. Mini-Triathlon includes a 300 yd swim, 12 mile bike ride, and 2 mile walk/run. Participants can enter and do all three events or form a team and share the fun and each do one leg of the race. Each participant must provide their own bike and a helmet. Advance Registration is required. The registration fee is just $15 if you register by June 10th. After that date the fee will go up to $20. Your fee includes a t-shirt for the event.

Getting “Active” will continue in the first Kayak/Canoe race for the Freedom Fest event lineup. Solo Kayak/Canoe, and Tandem Kayak/Canoe entries are welcome to enter this 4 mile recreational race. Entrants must follow all MN DNR regulations and each craft will be inspected prior to start of race.
The race will begin at 3PM, but advance registration is required. The registration fee is just $15 if you register by June 10th. After that date the fee will go up to $20. Your fee includes a t-shirt for the event. Community members that are intersted in the opportunity to be part of the canoe race, but do not have their own canoe, now have the opportunity to rent one from a local company. Check out the website for the newest Pine City business, Snake River Outfitters.

The Pine County 4-H Council will be offering it’s annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, June 26th beginning at 7:30 AM. Early birds can come out and enjoy breakfast in the 4-H building and then wander down to see all of the great entries for the Classic Car Show. Be sure to come back to the 4-H building at 10:30 AM for another new event – a Pancake Eating Contest! Sure to be fun for all!

Other events throughout the day include Children’s Activities, Tractor Show, 4-H Arts in In Premier, a performance by the Pine City Heritage Players, and a Ventriloquist Show by Jay Schueller & Friends. Don’t miss these events and many more! Full event listings are available at the Chamber of Commerce office in the Pine Government Center, Downtown Pine City.

Art in the Park Opens Tonight!

The official Pine City kickoff to summer begins tonight with the start of the “Art in the Park” Music Series sponsored by the Pine City Arts Council! A huge thank you to this organization for continuing to bring great music to Pine City.

Check out this link for the line-up of bands and dinner for the summer!

2010 Art in the Park Schedule of Events

It’s Parade Time!

Summer is coming…so is fair season! The Pine City Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to invite your participation in the Pine County Fair Parade on Saturday, August 7, 2010, starting at 4:00 PM. The audience always enjoys the variety of performance groups, floats, and the goodies that are given away!

Registration forms are available to be picked up at the Chamber of Commerce office at the Pine Government Center at 315 Main Street South during regular office hours. Forms can also be mailed out or emailed upon request. All units are required to complete the registration form and submit along with the registration fee by June 30, 2010. Any registration forms received after that date will be subject to space availability and placed at the end of the line-up.

To requst your registration form, please contact Becky by phone at: 320-322-4040 or email at:

We thank you for your participation and look forward to our 2010 Parade!

Super Saver Card

In the past week there have been many local residents that have recieved phone calls from a telemarketer that is selling the “Hometown Super Saver Card”. Because the card was once sponsored locally, there are many who contact the Chamber of Commerce for more information or to make a complaint. About 3 years ago, the Board of Directors with the Chamber of Commerce voted to no longer sponsor the card and as a result many of the local Pine City businesses are no longer featured on this card.

The Chamber office has recently been made aware of these calls and received numerouse complaints. As a result, we wish to make sure that residents in Pine City understand that the card is not a locally sponsored fundraiser. In fact, many of the offers that are on the card are for locations outside of the Pine City area.

When the Chamber discontinued the participation in the “Super Saver Card”, they began developing a new option for community members seeking valuable discounts. The result was a ‘Community Fundraiser Coupon Book’ in which the Chamber has partnered with its local members to provide coupons for their business. The coupon books are sold by a non-profit organization that retains 60% of the proceeds and the remaining 40% is for the Chamber for printing and administrative costs. The coupon books are printed locally, promoted locally, and sold by local non-profits to keep 100% of the proceeds within the Pine City Community. The current edition of the coupon book is being sold by the Pine Dragons Parent-Teacher Organization.

The fall edition of the coupon book will be released on September 1, 2010.

Payphone decline seen locally


Some of the existing pay phone locations in Pine City, L-R:  An abandoned phone booth downtown, an abandoned  payphone on Main Street, an abandoned payphone near the freeway, and a working payphone near the freeway (one of the few remaining operational payphones in the city).

The traditional payphone booth still holds a hallowed place in American culture. Who can forget Clark Kent dashing into one to transform into Superman or reporters racing into a booth to call in a breaking story?

Technology enthusiasts have written them off, yet there remains a need for public pay phones, as demonstrated during the blackout that paralyzed much of the Northeast in July 2003.  As long as there are people who can’t afford extended phone contracts, there will be a need for single-use phone capabilities.  That could prove especially important in areas such as Pine City, where incomes are less and there exists a greater share of people living in poverty.

Recently, the city was made aware that several of the payphones around town have vanished, leaving abandoned, blighted locations dotted throughout town.  There’s no denying the decline in public phones across the U.S.  Five years ago, there were 2.1 million coin-operated phones in the U.S. By 2003, that number had dwindled to 1.5 million, according to the most recent figures from the Federal Communications Commission.  That year, U.S. pay phones generated $1.06 billion in revenue, less than half the $2.22 billion generated in 1999. Some believe those numbers have fallen even further, with the number of phones as low as 1.3 million.

However, according to the American Public Communications Council Inc., a trade group that represents independent pay-phone operators, call volume has held steady in recent months.  City staff intends to notify the pay phone companies about the abandoned locations and work with them to see if they can either be re-established as a viable, maintained phone location or completely removed to eliminate the blight that they have become. Certainly, the number of pay phone locations that will remain in Pine City will be based upon demand and it will be interesting to see what happens.

Pine City one of nation’s best schools for music ed


Minnesota districts named to the list:

  -Pine City Public Schools

  -Osseo Area Public Schools

The official press release is found by clicking here