Mayor tells new congressman to “keep Pine City on your radar”

Mayor Jane Robbins and City Staff met briefly with the new congressman for Congressional District 8, Chip Cravaack, on April 29.  It was the Cravaack’s first visit to Pine City as congressman and he introduced himself and his key staff to City officials.

The meeting was brief and concluded with a tour of the newly-renovated Pine City library.  Before he left town–for Hinckley–Mayor Robbins urged Cravaack to keep Pine City on his radar.   She said that the City has benefited by federal funding several times in the past and she wanted assurance that the projects important to Pine City also wouldn’t be forgotten going forward.

Cravaack, who’s been in office since the beginning of the year, maintains his District 8 Office in nearby North Branch.

Arts Center wants your membership


The Pine Center for the Arts is welcoming the community to their Membership Extravaganza, featuring a silent auction, wine tasting, appetizers and more.  The tickets are $5 ea. and two (2) free tickets will be given to those who currently are members.

The membership form and more information can be found at the Pine Center for the Arts’ Web site.


Pine City Horizons-April Minutes

Pine City Horizons Team

Monday, April 18, 2011

5:00-6:30 pm @ Chamber Office

[Minutes in italics]

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 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.

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Home Based Business Expo

Saturday, May 7 is the day on the calendar that has been slated for the annual City-wide Sale Day.  Traditionally, this has been a day that local residents and visitors from nearby communities flock to Pine City for the great bargains and hidden treasures that can be found at one of the many garage sales that can be found throughout the community.

This year, the Pine City Area Chamber of Commerce is hoping that shoppers will make a few extra stops to find the bargains and hidden treasures at local businesses and the Home-based Business Expo taking place at Signatures Closing & Title in Downtown Pine City. 

“This event is a new idea for the Chamber to explore and it’s our first year trying it,” says Becky Schueller, Executive Director for the Chamber of Commerce.  “We want to provide a way for home-based businesses to showcase their goods and services in a fun atmosphere and meet others that work a similar type of business.  Networking is the key to helping build almost any business.”

 A wide variety of home-based businesses are planning to attend this exciting event, including: Usborne Books and More, Premier Designs Jewelry, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Scentsy Wickless Candles, Miche Purses, Stampin’ Up, and Market America.

The Expo will be open from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm on Saturday, May 7th.  Signatures Closing and Title is located on the corner of 5th Street and 2nd Avenue across from Robinson Park.  Shoppers are invited to stop down and check out the various businesses that will be represented as well as register for a few door prizes that will be given away at the end of the day. Additional vendor space is still available. For more information on this event, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 320-322-4040.

Angel Foods offers Food for all

To place an order, contact Jan at (320) 629-7698 or Kris at (320) 282-9359.  Pricing is subject to change.

Residents gather to start Neighborhood Watch program

About 15 residents came out Tuesday, April 19, to learn more about Neighborhood Watch, its potential benefits to Pine City, and how to get involved.   A kick-off event was held that evening at the American Legion.

City staff welcomed atendees then introduced Deputy Paul Widenstrom of the Pine County Sheriff’s Department, who led the discussion.  Though Pine City is the largest city in the county, and home to the local law enforcement agency, it hasn’t had an organized Neighborhood Watch in some time. 

“Neighborhood Watch exists in several of our cities in Pine County, Hinckley, Sandstone and Askov,” said Widenstrom.  “This is our third time trying to start it in Pine City.”

At least one attendee said she came to the kick-off to hopefully meet a neighbor of hers but, unfortunately, no one else showed from her neighborhood.   Attendees expressed their  interest in the information sharing that can take place when a Neighborhod Watch is successful in a community, between the Sheriff’s Department and the residents.

While Neighborhood Watch hadn’t been active in Pine City in over a decade, over the past four years, National Night Out has been celebrated with neighborhood block parties and get togethers.  Last year, the sheriff’s department and city officials made their rounds to approximately a half-a-dozen of them.

Widenstrom shared the resources available to the community including department staff being able to join in at meetings with presentations, handouts, and the ability of the department to provide Neighborhood Watch signs, when available, upon request.

Contact information was gathered from those in attendance and the next meeting date was set, for May 17 at 6 p.m. at City Hall.  The topics of discussion for the next meeting are lighting and the City’s curfew.  The hope of the newly-formed committee is to have interested residents from each of the City’s neighborhoods in attendance.

Register for Community Garden plot April 28

A photo of the Pine City Community Garden last growing season.

Anyone who wants a garden plot for this summer should attend the Pine City Community Garden Information and Registration meeting on Thursday, April 28th at 7:00 p.m. at the Pine County Courthouse Commissioners’ Room in Pine City. Pine County Master Gardeners will cover basic gardening tips, review services provided, community garden policies and practices, produce donation possibilities and registration. Gardeners who want a plot are asked to submit their application and $15 plot fee for a 20’x10’ plot by May 1st to the Pine County Extension office.  For more information, contact Community Garden Coordinators Paul Johnson at (320) 629-6213 or Jan McLearen at (320) 629-5940. Applications are available from the Pine County Extension office at (320) 591-1653 or 800-657-3813 Ext. #3 and in the Courthouse lobby.

Every day ‘Earth Day’ tips

  • Recycle all Paper (junk mail, boxes, magazines, envelopes, cereal and cookie boxes), Bottles and Cans (aluminum, glass, metal, and plastic).
  • Follow directions on hazardous product labels and store these products safely.
  • Sweep the yard and put the trimmings in yard waste can.
  • Never put yard waste (or anything – especially hazardous waste) down storm drains because they flow to our precious rivers and lakes.
  • Use less water = shorter showers, go to the car wash where they recycle water, and turn water off when brushing teeth.  Check HERE to calculate your water use.

Don’t forget, Earth Day isn’t the only day you should practice these tips.  You can:

  • Practice Earth Day tips every day with family and friends at home, work and school.

And, for fun:

Perhaps you have some useful tips to share as well.  Feel free to ‘comment’ with them.

Band to present Music of Disney

  • Free pops concert to be presented Monday, May 2

Each spring, local residents flock to the outstanding series of pops concerts presented by Pine City’s highly talented student musicians.  This year continues the recent tradition of unique programming by the senior high band program, with their “Wonderful World of Disney” concert slated for Monday, May 2.  This free concert will feature performances by the Concert Band, Jazz One, and small ensembles.

According to director Brad Mariska, “we really wanted to feature a program that reached out to the widest demographic this year, and what better way than feature the music of classic and contemporary animated films by Disney?”  The concert will include music from classic movies like “101 Dalmations” and “Aladdin,” as well as more recent films like “Up.”

The repertoire of the concert spans from the dramatic score of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” to the jazzy sounds of “The Incredibles” to beautiful ballads like “Colors of the Wind” from Pocahontas.

“The students had a lot of input in selecting the music for this concert,” added Mariska, “and we are excited to perform for audiences young and old.  You don’t need to have a kid in the band to come to the concert.”

Families won’t want to miss this outstanding concert, which is being presented at 7:30 p.m. on May 2 in the Pine City Elementary Auditorium.   Also mark your calendars for the Senior High Choir Pops Concert, which is just around the corner, on Thursday, May 12.

Audition Dates Announced for “Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”

The Pine City Heritage Players and the Pine City Arts Council announce the upcoming community theatre production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”  to be held July 21-July 31.

Auditions for cast and orchestra will be held at the Pine City Elementary School on June 5-6 at 6 p.m.  This large-cast production is searching for adult actors and is also open to high school students.  Orchestra auditions will also take place at the same time or can be arranged in advance by contacting the director.  There will also be auditions for a children’s choir, which is open to students entering the 5th-8th grades.  Rehearsals will be held Monday through Thursday evenings beginning on June 9.

Volunteers are also being sought for assistance with costumes, set construction, hair/makeup, and technical support in the lighting and sound areas. 

For more information about the production, contact director Brad Mariska by email at or call Heritage Players President Mary Ellen Sauser at 320-629-2948.  No experience is necessary to get involved in this exciting community production!