Pine County flood risk info open house

  • General public invited to review the preliminary floodplain map and learn about risk in Pine City.  Drop-in at any time during the event to talk one-on-one with FEMA and State Department of Natural Resources reps.

Representatives from the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in conjunction with the Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources, will host a Flood Risk Information Open House on Tuesday, Mar. 15, 2011, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Meeting Room of the Pine City Library, located at 300 5th Street SE, in Pine City.  The open house will provide residents with an opportunity to review a recently completed preliminary Flood Insurance Study (FIS) and its accompanying preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs).

The FIS and the FIRM’s provide base flood information, delineate ares subject to significant flood hazards within the county, and offer information public officials use when permitting development in the floodplain.

The open house will be staffed with representatives from various local, state and federal agencies who will provide the most current information about flood risk, flood insurance, floodplain development regulations, and the process for floodplain mapping within Pine County.  The newly prepared preliminary floodplain maps will be on display.  Once the maps become effective, these maps will be used by floodplain permit officials, builders and developers, lenders, realtors, insurance agents and the general public to determine flood risk, develop mitigation measures, and encourage wise and responsible risk management decision-making.

Property owners, realtors, lenders and insurance agents are urged to attend and take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about flood risk and hazard mitigation within their community.  For more information, contact John Devine, FEMA Region V Program Specialist, at (312) 408-5567 or Marge Dworak, FEMA Region V Outreach Specialist, at (312) 408-5527.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

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Sr. High Concert promises to delight, amaze

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Members of the Senior High Concert Band concentrate intently during a recent rehearsal.  Saxophone players Lauren Granger and Mariah Kuzel are pictured along with Drew Gerold on trumpet.  These students, along with more than 150 other high school musicians, will be featured at the Senior High Concert on Monday, March 7.

  • Bands and Choirs featured on Monday, March 7

 “Music in Our Schools Month” has arrived and a busy slate of events is already underway, including the Senior High Winter Concert on March 7 at 7:30pm.  The free performance will feature a variety of classic and contemporary works for band and choir and is not to be missed.

The concert will open with performances by the Treble Choir and Mixed Choir, including a Japanese folk song called “Ho, Firefly” and the beautiful “Come to Me, O My Love” by Allan Petker.

Concert Choir will continue with the Scottish folk song “Loch Lomond,” featuring soloists Sean Kehren and Steph Kozisek.  The choir will also sing the classic German “Zigeunerleben” by Robert Schumann.

Jazz One will play a clever swing arrangement of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” with a trumpet solo by Karina Nordrum; several other students will perform improv solos on the jazz-rock chart “Panic Button.”

The Concert Band will conclude the evening with a seldom-performed gem by John Philip Sousa – an arrangement of the classic Revolutionary War song, “Yankee Doodle.”  The concert finale will be a powerful Middle Eastern composition entitled “Arabesque” by Sam Hazo.  It features three senior flautists: Ariel Steele, Taylor Hanson, and Kelly Weber.

The concert is free and open to the public and begins at 7:30pm on Monday, March 7.  Te performance takes place in the Pine City Elementary Auditorium.

“Faith County” opens Friday, February 25th

faithcountyposter.jpgThe winter production for the Pine City Heritage Players has had it’s final rehearsals and the doors will open on Friday evening for the Opening Night performance. The cast and crew have spent the last eight weeks memorizing lines, perfecting their characters and creating a backdrop for the scene that is set in Faith County, Texas…Somewhere in the Middle of Nowhere!

The ensemble cast is filled with a mix of familiar faces and first time appearances on the Heritage Players stage. Dennis Howard, Sandi Sparling, Steve Farquharson, Jodi Hodgson and Theran Hedtke are joined by first-timers Katherine Jones, Karen Miller, and Wendy Pangerl. Together this group of actors create characters that are crazy, gossipy, silly, poetic, and absolutely hilarious. You definitely won’t want to miss out on the laughs!

“Faith County is truly one of those un-knows little theatrical gems,” says Director, Angela Gregerson. “I describe it as Steel Magnolia’s meets Larry the Cable Guy. The characters are not only hilarious but captivating in their depth. And the similarities between Minola and Pine City are uncanny.”

The show opens on Friday, February 25th at 7:30 PM with additional shows on February 26 and March 4 & 5. A special matinee performance will be held on Sunday, February 27th at 2 PM. Adult tickets are $8 and K-12 Student tickets are $6. Advanced, reserved seating is available at the Pine Center for the Arts at 265 5th Street SE. The Center is open from 11 am – 5pm Monday – Friday and from 9am – 1pm on Saturday.

Art of the Start: Conversations about Entrepreneurism is today!

Today, February 16th, the Pine City Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurs Club at Pine Technical College is hosting a PANEL discussion called the Art of the Start: Conversations about Entrepreneurism. The PANEL is open to the public and will take place at Pine Tech, Room 50 at 11:30am. The PANEL is free to attend and attendees can also have lunch for $10 if they call and reserve a lunch before 10am. To order lunch, contact Becky Schueller at the Chamber at (320) 322-4040.

This discussion will begin where our “7 Questions with 7 Entrepreneurs in 7 Days” left off and will offer insights for entrepreneurs and non-entrepreneurs alike about business, building and balance.

Seven Questions with Seven Entrepreneurs in Seven Days, Part 7

Tomorrow, February 16th, the Pine City Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurs Club at Pine Technical College is hosting a PANEL discussion called the Art of the Start: Conversations about Entrepreneurism. The PANEL is open to the public and will take place at Pine Tech, Room 50 at 11:30am. In advance of this discussion we are profiling some of the participants and their perspectives on starting, growing and thriving small enterprises.

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Name: Dave Crawford
Business Name: Advance Design & Systems, LLC
Product/Industry: Engineering & Manufacturing
Year Started: 2004
# of Employees: 16

What was your path to entrepreneur-dom?
I had a side-business most of my career but there was always this lingering question that I would ask myself…can I do this on my own? I came from a Fortune 500 company in the medical device industry and when I told them I was leaving they all said that I was crazy. In the end, it just came down to the fact that I was working 72 hours a week for them and I thought that I could use that time to build something on my own.

What is an entrepreneur?
Someone who has a vision and then has the ability to follow through on that vision.

Can entrepreneurship be taught?
I don’t think so. I don’t think you can teach that kind of drive. I think there are things that entrepreneurs can learn but not that initial and sustained drive.

Are entrepreneurs control freaks?
In some cases. I really like how this phenomenon is described in “The E-myth Revisited” and how businesses and entrepreneurs need to think about building their teams to succeed. I knew that I didn’t want to do accounting all day, so I built my team with people who had those complementary skills–like a finance guy and a sales guy and an engineering guy.

Do entrepreneurs have balance in their lives?
Typically not…but over time you learn how to manage your time. My ability to grow my management team and build the kind of trust it requires between us has been very important.

What do you notice about other entrepreneurs?
I certainly notice their drive but also really appreciate it when I see other entrepreneurs think outside the box. Just the other day I was introduced to a guy who was growing his pizza business by bringing pizzas to my office and saying, “Hey check me out.” I thought that was an awesome example of out of the box thinking.

What skills would you advise an entrepreneur to acquire?
I would say adaptation, persistence, organization and the ability to look at things differently.

How does your business “keep score”–what kinds of business metrics do you pay attention to almost everyday?
We use a project analysis tool that gives me access to our various projects progress at any time. It lets me see bid information, cnc time on a project, labor needs, design information and financial progress. This is a compilation of systems that we have built and it really shows me where we are at with things at any given moment. One of the best things that comes out of this is my ability to see our weaknesses so that we can work on solutions.

Who are your best customers, vendors or partners in your business?
Without a doubt, its my management team and my employees. Without my employees, we are nothing.

What does success mean to you?
Success to me is watching my company grow. I am starting to be able to devote more time to giving back to the community and I feel like that is a measure of success for me. I also feel good about my ability to manage my work load and personal time, which also is another way to measure success.

David Crawford is the President of Advance Design & Systems in Pine City and we are grateful for his time and insights. Dave can be reached at his website, http://www.advancedesign-sys.com.

Seven Questions with Seven Entrepreneurs in Seven Days, Part 6

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Name: Kristen Waxberg
Business Name: Cabin Coffees Inc.
Industry: Coffee Shop
Year Started: 2004
# of Employees: 7

What was your path to entrepreneur-dom?
I was a manager at a major corporation when my daughter was born. When she turned 3 I wanted to explore going back to work but didnt want to be under someone thumb. My husband and I were exploring different small business possibilities and knew that there had been a previous coffee shop in our current location so we knew there was a demand for it.

What is an entrepreneur?
Someone who sees a need and fills it.

Can entrepreneurship be taught?
To a degree, I think it can be. Entrepreneurs must be self-driven and motivated and I think that often times entrepreneurs are teaching themselves. They take on a “succeed at all costs” mentality which causes them to learn what to do and what not to do.

Are entrepreneurs control freaks?
I think so. My employees say I have OCD so…

Do entrepreneurs have balance in their life?
No. Not a day or an hour goes by where I’m not thinking about something for Cabin Coffees. It was a lot easier to have balance in my previous 40 hour a week job.

What do you notice about entrepreneurs in general?
I think as a whole you could say that entrepreneurs are driven, they prioritize and execute. They dream about the next thing that they will do in business.

What skills would you advise an entrepreneur to acquire?
I think this really depends on what you want to do but I would suggest working in the industry that you are thinking about going into. Find out who, in that industry, is good and learn from their successes and failures.

How does your business “keep score”–what business metrics do you pay attention to everyday?
Hourly sales is my key metric. This helps me understand when I need more staff or less and that data gets pushed out along with our other financial data so we can see trends for weeks, months or years. I also look at a piece report quite often which shows which menu items are selling and which aren’t.

What does success mean to you?
Success means being able to support my family…not feeling limited. If I want to try something new or make changes, thats up to us. I also feel very supported by all my great customers.

Who are your best partners?
All of our vendors are great and I take great care to make sure that we have good relationships with them all. We have a fantastic roaster and all of my vendors are always suggesting new things and telling me whats new in the industry. They all treat me like they appreciate my business, not like I’m just another invoice in a database.

You can find Cabin Coffees at 620 8th Ave SW in Pine City. Their phone number is (320) 629-5982 and you can also find them on facebook, twitter and foursquare by searching those medias for Cabin Coffees. Thanks to Kristen for interviewing with us.

Seven Questions with Seven Entrepreneurs in Seven Days, Part 5

On February 16th, the Pine City Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurs Club at Pine Technical College is hosting a PANEL discussion called the Art of the Start: Conversations about Entrepreneurism. The PANEL is open to the public and will take place at Pine Tech, Room 50 at 11:30am. In advance of this discussion we are profiling some of the participants and their perspectives on starting, growing and thriving small enterprises.

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Name: Pam Welsh
Business Name: Java Joe’s Bistro
Product/Industry: Coffee & Gifts
Year Started: 2010
# of employees: 2

What was your path to entrepreneur-dom?
I had worked in restaurants since I was young and always had the desire to run my own show. I feel that everything I have ever done has lead up to the person I am today and prepared me to be an entrepreneur. I always had a vision for how things should be done in businesses that I worked for, but was frustrated that I couldn’t fully execute my vision.

What is an entrepreneur?
An entrepreneur is someone who has the guts to start their own business and has a desire for independence.

Can entrepreneurship be taught?
I hope so because I’m learning as I go. I am also mentoring my son Jeff into the business and I know that he is constantly learning what entrepreneurs do. But, the drive and vision and willingness to risk is deeper than that. I think that you are born with that.

Are entrepreneurs control freaks?
I would’ve said before I became an entrepreneur that entrepreneurs were control freaks but now I would say no. When you are in the service business there are a lot of variables especially with people. You have to listen, negotiate and be flexible.

Do entrepreneurs have balance in their lives?
I think that entrepreneurs can have balance but I’ve not found it yet. As my businesses grow, I will be able to have better balance as I transition from someone working “in” the business to someone working “on” the business. I feel like balance for me will be not feeling guilt when I am not physically present in my business 24/7.

What do you notice about other entrepreneurs?
They are gutsy people who have intelligence, vision and are risk takers.

What skills would you advise an entrepreneur to acquire?
I would say patience and perseverance. I think it would be a mistake to pursue entrepreneurism without patience and perseverance. Sometimes one day at a time is the only way to go.

How does your business “keep score”–what kinds of business metrics do you pay attention to almost every day?
Admittedly, I am not keeping score very well now on a daily basis. A lot of those business metrics come on a monthly basis with month end financials. However, there are lots of different things that fuel me everyday like complements, my caring staff, and increasing daily revenue totals.

What does success mean to you?
Success to me is being able to support my family with the lifestyle that we have now and do that with honesty and integrity.

Who are your best partners?
I have a lot of support from this community. Becky from the Chamber of Commerce has been a great source of support and advice. I also have lots of people who have made Java Joes a tradition in their lives and I want to thank them especially. My Wednesday teachers, my Tuesday Ladies group and Burt & Nancy Williams have been especially wonderful in making Java Joes a part of their lives.

Thanks to Pam for her thoughts on owning a small business. Java Joe’s Bistro can be found at 1300 Northridge Drive in Pine City near the northern exit of I 35. She can be reached at (320) 629-7770.

Seven Questions with Seven Entrepreneurs in Seven Days, Part 4

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Name: Michelle Bennett
Business Name: Discover Serendipity
Industry: Retail Gifts
Year Started: 2008

What is an entrepreneur?
An entrepreneur is someone who has a new idea and decides to make a go of it.

What was your path to entrepreneur-dom?
I worked in retail forever. I had a growing feeling that I could do what my employers were doing but on my own. As my partner and I were contemplating opening our own store,we were in contact with people who had space available and one day when they were anxious for a decision, we just decided to make the leap.

Can entrepreneurship be taught?
Absolutely! I think as I spend more time in business it becomes easier because of all the things that you are learning by teaching yourself. I definitely think that I still have a lot to learn but one of the things that I enjoy is learning something new everyday. I definitely think that entrepreneurs can benefit from more traditional learning as well.

Are entrepreneurs control freaks?
Most definitely. As a one person business I have to be controlling because its my butt on the line

Do entrepreneurs have balance in their lives?
I think that you struggle with balance daily. Its hard to balance when your doing everything you can to make money and to grow your sales. I pray about it a lot.

What do you notice about other entrepreneurs?
I notice other entrepreneurs drive and positive attitude. I think that being positive is key. Also it seems that entrepreneurs are very outgoing people.

What skills would you advise an entrepreneur to acquire?
Education is important because you have to have a lot of different skills when running your own business. Its very important to understand money and finance. You have to have money to make money, as they say. Marketing also plays a very important role in growing your business.

How do you “keep score” with your business?
I really focus on my numbers or my financials. I look at year over year sales quite a bit to understand the trends. I also have daily goals that I use to keep score of my progress. I’ve also just started to market my business on Facebook (thanks to Becky from the Chamber of Commerce) which I check into frequently to create a buzz about Discover Serendipity.

What does success mean to you?
To me success is being happy and making others happy. When someone comes into the store and doesn’t buy anything but comments on the nice displays or the store in general, that feels like success to me because I put a lot of creativity into my displays and store. Complements like this fuel my creativity. Also, I understand that this person will likely come back in and I will have more opportunities to help them find that special thing they were looking for.

Who are your best customers?
Anyone looking to find a great gift or something for their own home or cabin. Most of the items for sale in my store are from local craftspeople so you know that you are adding a piece of Pine City to your home. I love my local vendors and the awesome things that they make.

You can find Michelle and Discover Serendipity at 540 Main St, Pine City, MN, 55063. She can be reached at (320) 629-2888, you can email her at discoverserendipity@hotmail.com or on Facebook by searching for Discover Serendipity.

Seven Questions with Seven Entrepreneurs in Seven Days, Part 3

On February 16th, the Pine City Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurs Club at Pine Technical College is hosting a PANEL discussion called the Art of the Start: Conversations about Entrepreneurism. The PANEL is open to the public and will take place at Pine Tech, Room 50 at 11:30am. In advance of this discussion we are profiling some of the participants and their perspectives on starting, growing and thriving small enterprises.

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“Beaded Wire Tree Sculpture” by Angie Filler

Name: Angie Filler
Business Name: M.I.F.G.A.P Gallery (which stands for Mural art, Illustration, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Advertising & Photography)
Industry: Art, Sculpture, Printing & Design
Year Started: 2010

What was your path to entrepreneur-dom?
I had lots of people in my life that encouraged me to pursue my passion for art. My dad really encouraged me and was always telling everyone what I was working on. Early on, I made various pieces for teachers, friends and family and I realized that this is what I wanted to do for a living.

What is an entrepreneur?
An entrepreneur is a risk taker that has ideas that they want to share with others

Can entrepreneurship be taught?
Parts of being an entrepreneur can be taught but you have to have it inside of you. The money aspects and basic fundamentals can be learned but the risk taking has to be within you. Some people cant stand the idea of risking it all like entrepreneurs do.

Are entrepreneurs control freaks?
I wouldn’t call entrepreneurs control freaks but do need to have things their way because it is their future. To others it may appear that you are a control freak but I think it will be easier to be less controlling over time.

Do entrepreneurs have balance in their life?
I believe that it is difficult to have balance as a relatively new entrepreneur. You put all your time into making your business succeed. For now, I have to balance different aspects of my business life like making money, being creative, connecting with customers and vendors so, for now, that’s my balance.

What do you notice about other entrepreneurs?
Its challenging to group them all together because I do meet so many other entrepreneurs and they come from different places in their lives. Some are struggling, some are excited by their choices, like I am. But its difficult to group them all together because they are all so different.

What skills would you advise an entrepreneur to acquire?
#1 would be listening and communication. If you cant effectively listen to your customers, especially, then you can push them away. #2 would be networking because I definitely know that I need others to succeed.

How do you “keep score” in your business–what kinds of things do you pay attention to measure growth and keep you going?
As a creative person in a creative business, I keep score by new creative pursuits. I sold my first watercolor today and that wasn’t something that anyone had taught me how to do. I just did it and someone purchased it. My business is great because it allows me to do things like this. It keeps me going especially with all the bumps I have experienced along the way like not having money or knowing specifically what path I would take to realizing my dream.

What does success mean to you?
Success to me is being able to provide for my family. It means that I can wake up and enjoy what I do. Success is my ability to be happy.

Who are your best partners?
To this point my best partners are those people that have encouraged me along this path. When I was 10 or 11, I received a lot of encouragement from my bus driver, Lenny from Bus #606. He found some of my art on the bus one day and from then on, really encouraged me to pursue my gifts. I also have a great mentor in Steve Stegner who helps me work through issues with creativity, business development and growth, both personally and professionally.

Angie Filler is the owner and artist at MIFGAP Gallery. Her work is available for viewing and purchase at Java Joes Bistro in Pine City, Wacky Yacky’s in Hinckley and Cabin Coffees in Pine City. On March 1st, MIFGAP Gallery will open in Pine City, across from Pizza Pub. She can also be reached at angies_gallery@live.com or by phone at (218) 380.2270.

Seven Questions with Seven Entrepreneurs in Seven Days, Part 2

On February 16th, the Pine City Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurs Club at Pine Technical College is hosting a PANEL discussion called the Art of the Start: Conversations about Entrepreneurism. The PANEL is open to the public and will take place at Pine Tech, Room 50 at 11:30am. In advance of this discussion we are profiling some of the participants and their perspectives on starting, growing and thriving small enterprises.

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Name: Dr. Robert Musgrove, Ph.D.
Business Name: Pine Technical College, President
Industry: Education
Year Started: 1998

What is an entrepreneur?
An entrepreneur is someone who takes some level of risk to start an enterprise. It could be either a non-profit or for profit endeavor with the goal of building something bigger.

Can entrepreneurship be taught?
Some aspects of entrepreneurship can be taught…yes. You can teach them what paths to do down, what resources are available to them. You can help put them in a setting to voice their concepts and help vet them.

Are entrepreneurs control freaks?
Some are. I think being a control freak can lead to an unsuccessful entrepreneurial pursuit. I think that being successful can mean knowing when to let go and rely on your team.

Do entrepreneurs have balance in their lives?
My tendency is to say no. Often times these entrepreneurs are too much type A personalities and are too passionate, too focused to be balanced.

What about business balance–the balance of focus on the different aspects of his/her company like marketing, technology, sales & finance?
Yes, I do think that they do have balance when it comes to the facets of their business but I think that this tends to stop at the office door and neglects the personal side of their lives.

What do you make of some of the household name entrepreneurs who are now spending so much of their time, effort and money in charitable causes?
I think that these entrepreneurs like Gates and Zuckerberg are looking back and making up for lost balance by devoting so much to social causes now, after their companies have become successful.

What do you look for in entrepreneurs?
Drive and ambition, focus, intellectual curiosity, openness to new ideas…a Blakean dichotomy of being able to simultaneously hold two competing ideas in their heads–like the drive and focus to move ahead with their concept while also being open to the ideas of their team.

What skills would you advise an entrepreneur to acquire?
I would want entrepreneurs to keep their attention on the business side of the equation and the value of the back office. I think that you are seeing some of this with recent moves by Google and Apple bringing back key individuals with proven abilities to monetize innovation.

What will success mean to you for your Business Incubator?
The ultimate success of our incubation program will be measured in job creation and especially, high wage job creation. Our goals is that companies will leave the incubator in great shape and ready to succeed in a location in our industrial park or within Pine County. These companies will have rising sales, products in the market, new orders coming in and will be profitable.

Who will be your target companies for placement in the Incubation program?
We will focus on later stage entrepreneurs with a solid business plan and a great understanding of it. They will have proof of concept, orders pending or a limited history of sales already.

How does your business “keep score”–what kinds of business metrics do you pay attention to almost everyday?
For Pine Tech, our key metrics include successful completion of educational outcomes for students and enrollment counts. Our key metric, however, is placement of our students in the workforce. We also keep a very keen eye on our ability to place students in professions that will allow them to earn an above average income.
For the incubator, we will want to help our incubated entrepreneurs find and grow their key metrics like sales, shipped products, and general growth.

Thanks to Dr. Musgrove for speaking with us. Pine Technical College will begin construction on its business incubation center in the spring of 2011. For more information, please visit their website at www.pinetech.edu