Relay for Life planned for next summer

relay.jpgA local woman is in the process of organizing an American Cancer Society Relay for Life in Pine County.  Pine County has not had a relay event in a while but Lisa Westerman says her family has participated in this important awareness and fund raising event for many years, but since it is no longer represented locally, she took it upon herself to organize it again.

“It is a very fun and uplifting day,” she said.  Meanwhile, she is looking for some people who would want to help organize the event.

“I am meeting with a representative of the American Cancer Society next week and I hope to have some names of people willing to be on a planning committee,” she explained.

If someone is not interested but knows of someone who might be, please let Westerman know so she may contact them.  It can be anyone in Pine County or beyond who is willing to help.

“This event will be held next summer, so there is plenty of time to plan,” she said.

If someone is interested or would like to contact Westeran, her home phone number is 320-629-3652 or her E-mail is

Pine Technical College Plans Open House

Pine Technical College will host an open house, Wed. Oct. 27, 5 to 8 p.m. The event is open to current and prospective students and their families, business and industry partners, PTC Foundation donors and the public. In its fourth year, the event is predicted to draw about 110 attendees.

“This is anyone and everyone’s chance to tour the college, meet instructors, talk to advisors and college administrators, and get valuable program information on the spot,” said Nancy Mach, Dean of Student Affairs. “It’s not to be missed, even if you’re just curious about PTC and want to see the inside of the building!” Mach added.

PTC’s Fourth Annual Open House will be held at Pine Technical College, 900 Fourth St. SE, Pine City. In addition to instructors, advisors and admissions representatives on hand, refreshments will be served, and door prizes will be awarded to several lucky winners.

“This is the PTC’s chance to showcase its equipped labs and classrooms, and to introduce our knowledgeable and helpful faculty and staff members to students, new students and their families and friends,” PTC President Robert Musgrove said. “We’re proud of all we offer, and we want our community to know and see all that we have,” Musgrove added.

For more information about PTC’s Fourth Annual Open House, call 320-629-5114. For more information about PTC’s programs or to apply to the college, call 320-629-5100 or visit PTC’s website, Applicants also may apply online.

Operation Community Connect: Put some Socks in a Box!


Operation Community Connect is an all volunteer effort to serve families in need in Pine County. Last years event brought warm food, warm clothing and resource information to more than 280 families in our area. This year’s project is being organized by Pine City Horizons and they are asking for your donations.

Almost any donation that could support those in need is appreciated. New and used clothing, jackets, hats, gloves, mittens, scarves, boots, and sweaters are needed. Additionally, gas cards for emergency transportation, toiletries like toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs, brushes as well as new undergarments (and socks of course) can be donated as well. Service providers from many local and regional social service agencies will also be on hand to answer questions.

Bring donated goods (in a box with some socks) to the Horizons Office at City Hall (shared office space with the Chamber of Commerce) or contact any of the following Horizons members to volunteer or learn more.

Wendy Johnson 651.442.5880
Jenny Erdmann 763.742.0781
Kris Engh 320.282.9359

Fall Gathering – Festival of the Voyageur at the North West Company Fur Post

Fur Post

Time: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday
Cost: $8 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $5 ages 6-17; $2 discount for MHS members.
Celebrate the season at the Snake River Post amidst the crisp air and bright fall colors. Experience the fall gathering of the Ojibwe, voyageurs and traders preparing for the winter trading season. Watch as they vie for the title of the best all around voyageur. Competitions will test strength and cunning. Listen to traditional music, participate in children’s activities, discover camp life and visit the historic merchants. A festive dance at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday will be a highlight of the weekend

About the North West Company Fur Post
The Minnesota Historical Society site is located 1.5 miles west of I-35 at Pine City along County Hwy. 7. An authentically reconstructed post from the winter of 1804-05, the site includes a visitor center, designed to complement the surrounding environment, featuring a Great Room, fireplace and retail space. Exhibits explore how the fur trade shaped the region. Costumed guides help interpret the site and guide visitors back to the days when furs were traded here under the British flag. For more information, call 320-629-6356.
The Society’s calendar of events is posted online at The web site also has information about all of the Society’s programs, museums and historic sites.
Pick up a 2010 Travel Map, an innovative and fun way to explore the Society’s network of 26 museums and historic sites. Use the map to plan daytrips, weekend getaways or extended vacations. It can be ordered by calling 651-259-3000 or 1-800-657-3773. Visit online at
Touchstone Energy Cooperatives is proud to partner on the 2010 Travel Map. Promotional support is provided by Explore Minnesota Tourism.
The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. Its essence is to illuminate the past as a way to shed light on the future. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing.

Pine City Yellow Ribbon Update

The funeral service for Master Sergeant Dan Fedder will be held at the Pine City Armory on Tues. Sept. 7 at 10 am. The community as well as local and state governments, including Governor Pawlenty, will be turning out in support of the family and in appreciation of Master Sergeant Fedder’s service.
Yellow Ribbon

After the service, at approximately 11 am, the street route where the funeral procession will pass, from the Armory to Birchwood Cemetery will be lined with community supporters. The procession will begin at the Armory and travel north on Main Streeet/Hwy 61 to the Third Avenue stoplights. At the light, the procession will head west down Third Avenue to 10th Street where it will commence at the Birchwood Cemetary. The city has asked local businesses and community members to wear yellow ribbons beginning today through Tuesday, and line the streets along the route of the funeral procession on Tuesday. American Flags will be placed on the route that may be taken and held by those participating. The flags should be held somberly as the procession goes past. Thank you all for your support.

Community members that are in need of receiving a yellow ribbon can find them at Pizza Pub and Nelson’s Market this weekend, while supplies last.

Future updates will be available on our Community Blog or on the Pine City Yellow Ribbon page on Facebook.

Angel Food Ministries – September Ordering Information

Angel Food is a non-profit, non-denominational food program dedicated to providing food assistance to families in 43 states across America. Every month Angel Food provides boxes of high quality, cost effective food items at over half off grocery store prices. Angel Food is open to everyone! There are no applciations or pre-qualifiers and no limit to the number of food boxes purchased.

Order ONLINE at:

Order IN PERSON at: Pregnancy Resource Center, 315 Main Street S, Suite 20. MWTH 10am – 4pm

Order DEADLINE: Sunday, September 19th

Order PICK-UP: Saturday, September 25th from 10am – Noon at the Pregnancy Resource Center

Your Weekend Update…Labor Day Weekend

For many of you, the weekend will begin tomorrow and extend through Monday’s holiday, so I wanted to be sure to share information about what’s happening in the neighborhood this holiday weekend!

Today through September 6th: Wild rice at the North West Company Fur Post. Learn about wild rice and the steps involoved in harvesting, parching treading and winnowing of this important food source. Daily demonstrations Thursday through Monday. Call 320-629-6356 for more details.

Friday, September 3 & Saturday, September 4: Visit the Farmer’s Market in the Park from 11am – 1pm each day. Fresh fruits, flowers and vegetables are available to purchase alon with other homegrown or homemade items. There are always great finds at the Market!

Friday, September 3 – Sunday, September 5: Pine City PRCA Championship Rodeo comes to Rock Creek this weeknd. The rodeo begins at 6PM on both Saturday and Sunday nights. Rodeo tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for kids. Come for the rodeo and stay for live music, dancing and more. New this year, Friday night is Amateur Night. See Amateur and Mechanical Bull riding, a dance, and mutton busting tryouts.

Sunday, September 5: Stoffel Family Museum will be open for visitors from Noon to 4PM. The museum is housed in a refurbished 1900s log barn and features family collectibles, pictures, historical documents & household and farming paraphernalia from the early 20th century. The admission to the museum is FREE! This is the final chance this summer to see the Stoffel Museum.

Yellow Ribbon Committee Plans Show of Support for Lost Marine

Yellow Ribbon
The Pine City Yellow Ribbon Committee is hosting a meeting on September 2nd at 5pm to plan the community’s support for our military and for Master Sergeant Daniel Fedder (USMC) who was killed in Afghanistan on Aug 27th. This meeting will be held in the Council Chambers at City Hall (315 Main St S).

Please show your support for our men and women of the military by attending this important meeting and learning what we as a community can do to show our support. You may also email Jessica Paulson at for more information.