Queen Charlotte’s Birthday Ball

Enjoy an evening of early 19th-century entertainment with a lively country dance at Queen Charlotte’s Birthday Ball.  Period or semi-formal attire is requested.

Feb. 9, 2013

More information at:  www.mnhs.org/places/sites/nwcfp/index.htm or by calling (320) 629-6356.

Dogsledding Workshop in Pine City

Where: North West Company Fur Post

When: 12:30-5 p.m., Feb. 2., 2013

What: Learn about different types of dogsleds and scooters, gang lines, harnesses and other mushing equipment.  Learn how to fit a harness, choose and care for sled dogs and detect signs of stress in your sled dog.  End the day by driving a team.

How far: 1.5 miles west of Pine City on County Road 7 (Pokegama Lake Road)

Details: $60, $55 for Minnesota Historical Society members.  Advance registration required; call (320) 629-6356.

For more information, visit: http://events.mnhs.org/calendar/results.cfm?eventID=5457&bhcp=1

Wikimedia launches new travel guide, Wikivoyage. What will it say about Pine City?

Wikivoyage launched this morning on a journey to bring free, community-made travel guides to places across the globe… including Pine City, Minn.

What it says about Pine City is up to you.

There are some 50,000 Wikivoyage articles in the database that include everything from restaurant tips to must see attractions.  As of yesterday, about 200 volunteers were contributing but by day’s end today (Tuesday), after the official launch, that number is expected to grow exponentially.

Move over Lonely Planet and Travel Advisor — Wikivoyage might be the most comprehensive source of travel information for many communities, and small towns like Pine City.  And, unlike traditional guidebooks that come out once every few years, this “live” information will not become obsolete as it is anticipated to be easily edited by users over time.

Wikimedia claims it will be the No. 1 travel resource on the Web.  If that happens, more people will visit Pine City’s Wikivoyage page than its Chamber of Commerce page when visiting town.   That’s a pretty good argument to give it a review and make some edits.

Apparently, Wikivoyage was in beta for the past couple months, until today. Its launch coincided with the 12th anniversary of Wikipedia, founded Jan. 15, 2001 (wow, 12 years already!).

Do you want people to know about Pine City’s museums, restaurants and lesser-known attractions?  Do you know what would be helpful to ensure travelers have a positive experience in this part of the state?  Ready… Set… Go!

Visit Pine City’s Wikivoyage page by clicking here.

Arts Council hosts Douglas Wood in concert

Enjoy an early Valentine Dessert Concert with Douglas Wood and his WildSpirit Bank at the North West Company Fur Post on Tuesday, February 5th at 7:00 PM.  The Band: Douglas Wood, son Bryan Wood, and good buddy Steve Borgstrom (aka “Holly-Wood”).  They play superb acoustic music – standards, bluegrazz, folk, jazz, traditional, with a heaping helping of quality originals.  The style and instrumentation evoke images and traditions of the great American outdoors – rivers and mountains, bears and buffalo, wild weather, sunsets and rainbows.

Tickets are $15 and available from The Flower Box or Pine City Arts Council members. Click the image below for more details.


Skate with Christian Isackson, and the rest of the Gophers

Pine City mite, Merrick Kolashinski, met Christian Isackson at last year's Skate with the Gophers.

Pine City mite, Merrick Kolashinski, met Christian Isackson at last year’s Skate with the Gophers.

The University of Minnesota men’s hockey team will hold its annual Skate With The Gophers, sponsored by M&M’s on Saturday, Feb. 2. The popular event will be held from 12-3 p.m. at Mariucci Arena.

Recently, Tracy Isackson, mother of Gopher No. 26, Christian Isackson, attended a D mite game to see her nephew play on the indoor ice, and said, “It reminded me of when Christian started playing on the outdoor ice in Pine City.  I am happy to see the youth program growing in Pine City.”

She added, “I also thought of many of the young men who were in high school when he was young, they always let Christian skate with the big kids.  Now many of them have their own little kids starting out.”

“So many people play a part in the positive growth and development in our children’s lives and I want to thank all of those who contributed to him in his time at Pine City. Time, encouragement, discipline, hard work, faith and even tough times teach you as you learn to work with adversity and success.”

Isackson invites all Pine City Hockey players, past and present, to attend skate with the Gophers at this event.

“Wear your Pine City Dragon gear and make sure you say hi to Christian this is his hometown and he identifies that on his bio,” she said, adding, “Again, thank you for all the support throughout his Pine City years. We would love to see as many Pine City Dragons as can make it.”

Fans can register in advance by calling 612-624-8080. Fans who wish to secure a specific time to skate are strongly encouraged to register by calling 612-624-8080 in advance.  Fans can also purchase tickets the day of the event, but specific skating times cannot be guaranteed.  Fans attending the event will be able to skate on the Mariucci Arena ice with the Gophers and will able to able to take pictures with and get autographs from members of the team. In addition, there will also be an area where fans can try on equipment, get their hair and face painted and play games.

Tickets for adults are $5, while youth tickets are $3. Attendees are asked to bring their own skates if they are able, as there are only a limited number of rental skates available. Rental skates are $2.