2012 Freedom Fest Mini-Triathlon

Registration is open for the 4th Annual Freedom Fest Mini-Triathlon that will be held in Pine City on Saturday, June 30th.  The event was created in 2009 under the guidance of Elisa Mill and the effort will continue this year with two local businesses and volunteers heading up the efforts.  Fairview Lakes Pine City Clinic and Anytime Fitness will team up to organize this year’s event while maintaining the family-friendly and fun atmosphere that participants enjoy.

The event consists of a 300 yard lake swim, 12 mile bike ride and 2 mile run/walk.  It was created as an opportunity for residents and visitors to the area to have fun and exercise in a non-competitive arena.  Bikers must have a helmet and swimmers are allowed to use a floatation device if desired.  Individuals may enter and do all three events, or three people may form a team and each person do one leg of the race.

Registration forms are available at the Chamber of Commerce office or online at www.pinecitychamber.com.  A registration fee of $15 per participant along with an original signed registration form must be submitted by June 13th.  All registered participants will receive a triathlon shirt. For more information, contact Becky at (320) 322-4040.

Progressive Mexican Dinner at Pine City Churches

On June 24th , local chruches will be hosting a Progressive Mexican dinner to raise money for A Place for You homeless shelter. It will begin at Immaculate Conception Church with tortilla soup and chips with salsa (served from 5-6:30), then move on to Our Redeemer for enchiladas, salad, and a corn muffin  (served from 5:30 – 7:00), and finish up with dessert and coffee at the Lighthouse (served from 6:00 – 7:30).  Tickets are $10.  Proceeds go the A Place For You, a transitional homeless shelter in Pine city.  Tickets can be purchased at the Flower Box or Cabin Coffee in Pine City.

Clocks gifted to Pine City seniors, City Hall

Pictured left to right are Lois Anderson, Jim Miller and Kathy Haug.  Miller, a local woodworker, presented a hand crafted clock to the Pine City Senior Center and to the City of Pine City on Thursday, June 07, 2012.  The clocks were a donation on behalf of Miller and they will be displayed at the lunchroom of the senior center, and at the City Council Chambers in the Pine Government Center, respectively.

Reaching Customers in the 21st Century: PANEL Session and Workshop

Throughout the month of June and July, several workshops will be offered to assist business owners develop their online presence. The classes are part of the Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communities (MIRC) Initiative through University of Minnesota Extension office. Over half of the businesses in Minnesota cannot be found on the internet. When businesses lack an online presence, they lose potential customers.  MIRC workshops began as ways to address this disconnect and has already been completed in 18 other greater MN communities.

The first class offered will be part of the PANEL luncheons through the Pine City Area Chamber of Commerce. The workshop will discuss the challenges and changes facing businesses today as they work to attract a diverse customer base. Attendees will hear about new trends in internet use and mobile devices, learn about internet-based marketing tools to reach new customers and build loyalty among existing customers. This first workshop will be held on June 20th, from 11:30am -1:00pm. The cost to attend is $15. Please register by Friday, June 15th by contacting the Pine City Area Chamber of Commerce.

The second workshop will be hosted completely free of charge! It will be a three hour long, hands-on workshop dedicated to one specific topic. PANEL attendees and interested participants will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite topic from a selection of 14 different choices. The workshops are focused around four different themes. They include: expanding marketing efforts, enhancing business capabilities to sell products to a wider audience, becoming more effective in customer service, and communicating with both current and potential customers. Some workshop choices include ‘Roadside Advertising in a Digital Age’, ‘Google Tools for Business’, ‘Doing Business Online Tourism Style’, and ‘Researching your Competition’. Participants who attend the PANEL lunch will get the first opportunity to sign up for the additional workshop. Workshop will be limited to 25 businesses/organizations and will take place on July 12th, 1-4pm at Pine Technical College.

For more information or to register for one of the classes, please contact the Pine City Area Chamber of Commerce, 320-322-4040 or at info@pinecitychamber.com


Little Miss Pine City Ambassador program now taking Applications

The Pine City Area Chamber of Commerce is now taking applications for the 2012-2013 Little Miss Pine City Ambassador Program.  Eligible candidates must be entering the first grade for the 2012-2013 school year and reside within the Pine City School District OR have a parent that owns a business belonging to the Pine City Chamber of Commerce for at least one year and have attended school in Pine City during the 2011-12 school year.

Applications are available at the Chamber office or Cabin Coffees.  All applications are due by Friday, June 15, 2012.  For more information, please contact the Chamber at (320) 322-4040 or by email at info@pinecitychamber.com.