Experience life-changing growth: Become a tutor with Minnesota Reading Corps or Math Corps.

Minnesota Reading Corps—the nation’s largest state AmeriCorps program—and its sister
program Minnesota Math Corps are looking to place over 1100 Literacy Tutors and over
200 Math Tutors throughout Minnesota. Tutors not only change the world of kids who
are struggling in school, they experience professional and personal growth.  There are current openings for full-timer service at the Pine City Elementary School.

Tutors help kids become successful readers by the end of third grade or proficient in
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National Night Out — August 6th

Wind down your last days of summer with a great family friendly night out on August 6th. Pine City will be participating for the 4th year in the National Night Out event, just one of over 15,000 communities across the nation to be holding registered events.  The purpose of National Night Out is to promote police-community partnerships in an effort to get the community involved in crime prevention as well as an opportunity to raise awareness of programs offered by your community.

Pine City celebrates this event with a gathering in one of the local city parks — this year the event will be held in Robinson Park — and brings together a variety of groups that promote safety, health & fitness, community awareness, and family activities.

Beginning at 7PM families can meet members of the Sheriff’s Dept, Pine City Fire Dept, Pine EMS First Responders, Fairview Clinic nurses, Pine City Lifeguards and more!  A variety of fun activities will be offered and the evening concludes with an outdoor movie showing of Madagascar 3.

NNO 2013 Flyer

Pine County Fair Begins Tomorrow

The long anticipated Pine County Fair event opens tomorrow (July 31st) and will run for the next 5 days for the enjoyment of all ages!  The weekend is sure to provide an endless amount of activities for the entire family to enjoy.  If you are planning a visit to the area this weekend, be sure to visit the Pine County Fair website at www.pinecountyfair.com for the entire schedule of events.

The Chamber of Commerce will host the annual Pine County Fair Parade on Saturday, August 3rd with a 4PM start time.  As of today, we have filled the parade with 100 units that will be joining in the fun.  A variety of performing groups will be in attendance, including the Pine City High School Marching Band under the direction of Melanie Brooks and the Hinckley-Finlayson Marching Band under the direction of Rick Olson.  Our parade watchers truly enjoy seeing the participation by the high school band programs from the county and value their time and commitment to attending this parade each year.

New performing units this year include the Twin Cities Unicycle Club and a visit from Nordy the mascot for the Minnesota Wild Hockey Team.  Returning favorites include the Zuhrah Pipes and Drums, Osman Shrine Cycle Corp and the Zuhrah Cobra Corp.  These units are made possible each year through generous donations from local businesses and organizations.  Please take the time to thank them for their participation.

Sponsor List


The Pine County Fair and Parade are a place that memories are made each year.  We hope you will have the opportunity to enjoy this event and make memories of your own!

See you at the Fair!  July 31 – August 4, 2013

Ground breaking takes place for Pine City’s performing arts center

Groundbreaking took place Thursday, July 18, 2013 for the performing arts center and auditorium at Pine City Jr./Sr. High School.

New Auditorium in Pine City

A conceptual design of the new auditorium.

New Auditorium Groundbreaking

A large crowd gathered for the ceremonial ground breaking.

The auditorium, once completed, is expected to seat nearly 800 people.  New Independent School District 578 offices will be constructed in coincidence with the project.  Excavation work is expected to begin by July 26.  Occupancy is expected in the 2014-’15 school year.

The city has been gaining a reputation as an arts community.  In 2010, 2011, and 2012, it was named one of the “best communities in America for music education” by the NAMM Foundation.

Pine Center for the Arts opened its doors downtown nearly five years ago, and the community has had a long history of promoting the arts with Friday-night concerts in the park (Arts Council), theater productions (Heritage Players), and the annual Art Fest each July.  This year’s Art Fest is the 36th Annual and it happens to take place this Saturday, July 20, in Robinson Park.

For more information, contact pinecityartscouncil@gmail.com.

Discover the FUN on Old Hwy 61

Bob Dylan once prompted his listeners to revisit Highway 61, and now chambers of commerce and leaders in three counties along the historic thoroughfare are asking people to do the same.

The counties of Chisago, Pine and Carlton are hoping that by taking a combined approach to tourism and economic development along Highway 61, people driving or biking through the counties will stop and explore towns along the route.

The motto the communities are employing as their slogan for the initiative is “Discover the fun on Old Highway 61.”

The first step for the project is to “take a good inventory” of what all the communities have that could draw people from I-35 and onto Old Highway 61.

These "Old Highway 61" signs were put up along County Road 30 last year as part of a marketing campaign to bring motorists off I-35 and into the towns along the freeway.

These “Old Highway 61″ signs were put up along County Road 30 last year as part of a marketing campaign to bring motorists off I-35 and into the towns along the freeway.

On July 24, business and communities leaders from the three counties will be meeting at the Pine City Courthouse to identify the inventory and begin thinking about how to market the areas as potential tourism stops and places attractive for new business.

There will be two more meetings in September and August to further vet out ideas and develop a distinct plan.

Paddle Phantom at Crex Meadows Wildlife Area

Grantsburg, WI – With the warm summer season upon us, we look for opportunities to get out on the water! Quench your adventurous side while on a guided kayak tour. Experience the beauty of Phantom Lake at Crex Meadows Wildlife Area (WA).  Paddle around the 2,000 acre lake Saturday, August 3rdfrom 10 – 12 pm.

This introductory kayaking trip will teach you the basic paddling techniques, safety aspects of kayaking, and handling a kayak in and out of the water.  This adventure is perfect for both the first-time kayaker and those more experienced.

Cruise with us on a scenic route, taking in breathtaking views of the wetland areas and surrounding sedge marsh. The calm, flat water can allow kayakers to take in what Crex Meadows WA has to offer. Discover the history behind Phantom while identifying flora and fauna. Kayaking is easy, fun, and a great way to experience close encounters with wildlife.

Plan your next paddle adventure at Phantom Lake!

Programs are designed for adults and children ten and older. An adult must accompany children under the age of 15. Rent a single or double kayak for $20 or bring your own! Wild River Outfitters will supply kayaks. All the equipment is provided including kayaks, paddles, and personal flotation. Kayaks are limited. Pre- registration is required.

Crex Meadow s Wildlife Area provides varied opportunities for visitors to immerse themselves in the beauty of local habitats. For more information and to register, please contact: Kristi Pupak, Wildlife Conservation Educator at 715-463-2739 or via email: Kristina.pupak@wisconsin.gov

For complete details and updated information, visit http://www.crexmeadows.org.  For regular updates, photos, news and more, follow us on Facebook.

Ambassador Candidates Host Bingo

The Miss Pine City Committee and new candidates will host the annual “Meet the Candidates” Bingo on Thursday, July 18th beginning at 6:30 PM in the 7th Grade Commons at Pine City High School

Join us for the evening — $15 ticket gets you 14 games of bingo. Special bingo games will also be for sale at the door that evening!

Tickets are available for purchase from any Miss Pine City or Little Miss Pine City candidate beginning this week!

Can’t make it for the regular bingo, but want to support this great fundraiser? Raffle tickets are available for just $1 each — and the raffle prize this year is a “Pine County Fair Prize Package”. Midway wristbands, demo derby tickets, Sugar Shack gift certificates & More!!

Visit our facebook event page for photos of the baskets you can win by playing: https://www.facebook.com/events/469220063162471/

Pine City starts push for best small town in America

RAND MCNALLY BEST OF THE ROADThe city of Pine City hopes to be named one the best small towns in America as part of an online contest.

The City and the Pine City Area Chamber of Commerce are teaming up to ask residents to vote for Pine City in the “Best of Small Towns in America” contest.  Votes can be submitted at www.bestoftheroad.com.

City Planner Nathan Johnson said the contest is a great chance to promote Pine City.

“Everyone who lives here enjoys our beautiful parks, the lakes and river, and the many scenic recreational opportunities, and it’s time that we draw attention to Pine City and help bring visitors here,” he said.

The program began in 2011 when five teams from Rand McNally took photos, videos, wrote blogs, met locals and shared their stories. The Travel Channel produced a one-hour special highlighting the program.

Individuals can upload reviews, photos and videos with the social media network Vine.

The contest is comprised of six categories — most beautiful, most fun, most patriotic, friendliest, best food and best for geocaching.

Finalist towns will be judged on the number of votes they receive, overall fit and suitability of the town in the selected category, the town’s social participation on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and a video tour or photo tour plus written submissions by the 30 finalist towns.

After voting closes Sept. 3, a panel of judges will name 30 finalist towns — five for each category. Finalists will be asked to submit a video tour or photo tours and written submissions.

Winning towns will be announced on Oct. 7.  Winners will receive a feature in the 2015 Rand McNally Road Atlas and a free custom iPhone app and online travel guide promoting the towns.

The contest is sponsored by Rand McNally, Good Sam and Geocaching.com. 


Pine EMS Hosts BBQ on the Sidewalk

Pine EMS will be the hosting organization at the upcoming BBQ on the Sidewalk event at Chris’ Food Center in Pine City on July 12th & 13th.  New owners, Craig & Kristee Thorvig, introduced the BBQ on the Sidewalk opportunity in 2012 as a way for local non-profit organizations to raise funds during the busy summer season.  Each Friday & Saturday throughout the summer, a different organization will be hosting.

Pine EMS is an all volunteer first responder medical group that serves the Pine City area.  Recently the group expanded to a second team serving the Hinckley area as well.

BBQ on the Sidewalk

Art Center Celebrates 4th Anniversary in July

The Pine Center for the Arts has been serving the community for the last four years and will host their annual Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, July 27th in Robinson Park and the Art Center.

2013 Board Chairman, Heidi Briski-Gainor, has coordinated this event each year since it began and the participation level continues to grow each year.

One of the favorite activities of the event is the “Creative Cake Contest” in which entries are judged on theme and visual creativity of their cake.  Once the winner is selected, the remaining cakes are given as treats to the attendees.

The community is invited to celebrate with the Pine Center for the Arts from 11am – 2pm.