Celebrate ‘National Night Out’ Aug. 7 with “The Muppets”

  • Pine City to join cities nationwide for “America’s night out against crime”

On Tuesday, August 7th, neighborhoods throughout Pine City are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the “29th Annual National Night Out” (NNO) crime and drug prevention event.

From 7 to 10 p.m. on August 7th, residents in neighborhoods throughout Pine City and across the nation are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and sheriff’s deputies.   In the past, neighborhoods in Pine City hosted a variety of special events such as block parties, cookouts and visits from deputies.  In other communities, parades, flashlight walks, contests, youth activities and anticrime rallies are also common.

That evening, in Pine City’s Voyageur Park, at 8 p.m., there will be a celebration of law enforcement and community partnerships with safety information and tours followed by an outdoor showing of Disney’s “The Muppets” at dusk.   Bring a blanket or lawn chair.  Concessions will be available and there are prize giveaways as well.

“National Night Out is a great way to meet your neighbors, local deputies and community leaders,” said Nathan Johnson, city planner.  “Those wishing to host a neighborhood or block party should contact me to get it registered.”

To reach Johnson to register your NNO neighborhood event, call (320) 629-2575, ext. 105.

NNO is designed to: (1) Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; (2) Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime efforts; (3) strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and (4) Sent a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

National Night Out is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) and is co-sponsored locally by the City of Pine City, Pine County Sheriff’s Dept., Pine EMS, Pine City Area Chamber of Commerce and Fairview.  It involves over 15,235 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world.  In all, over 37.1 million people are expected to participate in ‘America’s Night Out Against Crime’.  NNO 2012 is being supported in part by TARGET, a national corporate sponsor.

National Project Coordinator Matt Peskin said, “This is a night for America to stand together to promote awareness, safety and neighborhood unity.  National Night Out showcases the vital importance of police-community partnerships and citizen involvement in our fight to build a safer nation.  On National Night Out, we invite neighborhoods nationwide to join us in Giving Crime & Drugs a Going Away Party.

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Thinking of running for City Council or Mayor? File soon.

The following City of Pine City offices will be voted on at the state general election on Nov. 6, 2012:

  • Mayor (2 yr. term)
  • City Councilmember-At large (4 yr. term)
  • City Councilmember-At large (4 yr. term)

The filing fee is $2.00 for each of the above offices.  Candidates must file between 8 a.m. on July 31, 2012 and 5 p.m. on Aug. 14, 2012, in person or by mail with the city clerk, City of Pine City, 315 Main Street S., Ste. 100, Pine City, MN 55063.

Candidates who will be absent from the state during the filing period may arrange to file prior to departure.  The Council candidates in the general election that receive the highest number and second-highest number of votes among all of the candidates will serve for the four-year terms.  The mayoral candidate who receives the highest number of votes will serve a two-year term.

The current Mayor of Pine City is Jane Robbins.

The City Council comprises the following members:

  • Mary Kay Sloan (At-Large) – Term:  January 2011 to January 2015
  • Paul Miller (At-Large) – Term:  January 2011 to January 2015
  • Paul Janssen (At-Large) – Term:  January 2009 to January 2013
  • Brian Scholin (At-Large) – Term:  January 2009 to January 2013