3-Day Drive for Urgent Needs

Winter storms across the country have impacted the nation’s blood supply with cancelled blood drives and missed donation appointments due to weather and illness. Blood donations are needed now to support patients in need – both here at home and at blood banks on the East coast.  We are asking for your help!

  • Come & Donate: It takes 1 hour to save 3 lives!
  •  All types are needed, but especially types 
  • O+, O-,  A- and B-.
  •  Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are preferred


Memorial Blood Centers will be available for 3 consecutive days in the Pine City area.  Choose one of these dates and locations:

Today 2/18 we are parked at Chris’s Food Center until 6:00pm

Tomorrow 2/19 we are parked at Pine Technical College from 10:00am – 4:00pm

Thursday 2/20 we are parked at Pine City High School from 8:00am – 2:30pm


Contact Michele Keil for an appointment (218) 340-9196

Dance, Ski, Skate and More this Weekend!

Saturday, Feb. 8

North West Company Fur Post, 12551 Voyageur Lane, Pine City
Enjoy an evening of early 19th-century entertainment with a lively country dance. Country dancing, a pastime frequently mentioned by Jane Austen, was a favorite evening diversion for the genteel classes in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Dance steps will be taught and called at the ball. During a mid-dance break visitors will enjoy a selection of delicious refreshments. Period or semi-formal attire is requested.   For reservations, call (320) 629-6356.

West Side Park, 6th Avenue SW & 13th Street SW, Pine City
This tournament, started by a group of local hockey enthusiasts, raises funds to support the hockey community; it is sponsored in part by Coor’s Light, Ice Hole Schnapps, Bernick’s Pepsi, Monster Energy Drinks, and Boa Athletics.  Each player registered will receive a “goodie bag”  with coupons to local stores, restaurants, and bars during their stay in Pine City.  It is a 3-on-3  style tournament with each team being able to roster up to seven skaters of men and women over 18 years of age.  Each team is guarenteed four games, which start at 9 a.m. Saturday morning.  There will be a deejay at the pond all weekend and a live band Saturday night.

Grand Casino Events and Convention Center, 777 Lady Luck Drive, Hinckley
Remember “Chantilly Lace”, or “Donna”?  Hear those songs and others as you warm up from the frigid winter at this unforgettable event.  John Mueller’s Winterdance Party is a tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper.  Two shows – 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Call (320) 384-7771 for more info or visit http://www.grandcasinomn.com. 

Off I-35, exit 195, follow signs to park, near Sandstone
From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Banning State Park, ski on trails lit by candles or luminaries.  The trail for this event is two miles long and suitable for beginner-level skiers of all ages.  A vehicle permit is required to enter Minnesota state parks ($5 for a one-day permit or $25 for a year-round permit). Those who don’t already have a Minnesota state parks vehicle permit (www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/permit.html) can purchase one at the park office.  A Great Minnesota Ski Pass ($6/day, $20/one season, $55/three season) allows cross-country skiers age 16 or older to access miles of trails in state parks or forests or on grant-in-aid trails (www.mndnr.gov/skiing). Passes can be purchased at the park.

Sunday, Feb. 9

Various sites, Mora
300 skiers and thousands of others descend on nearby Mora for a variety of ski-related events including a 58km Relay, 35km and 13km freestyle races, and a 42km classic-only race.  This is one of four Vasaloppet races in the Word (Sweden, Japan and China have the others).  Spectators can see the end of the race in downtown Mora on Union Street, the town’s main street.  Plenty of Vassalopet events going on all weekend:  Click here.

Local college changes name, expands mission


An Autumn Scene at Pine Technical and Community College

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees approved on January 22nd an expansion in the mission of Pine Technical College to a comprehensive technical and community college. The change enables the college to offer, perhaps as early as the Fall, the Associate in Arts degree. To reflect this change, the Board also approved a change in the name of the institution to Pine Technical and Community College. The change in mission will also require approval of the Higher Learning Commission, at which time the name change will become effective.

“The mission expansion, coupled with this name change, empowers the college to continue its record of service and program excellence,” said Robert Musgrove, President of Pine Tech. “A balanced offering of liberal arts and sciences and workforce programs is a critical need in our region.”

The new mission will remove barriers that prevent students from taking advantage of higher education due to location or financial issues. “We can now allow undecided students to enroll with a declared major in the Associate in Arts degree and maintain eligibility for financial aid while they are exploring degree and career options,” said Musgrove. “This change will allow us to provide an extraordinary education to more students in our region seeking a broader range of excellent educational experiences.”

In making this change, Pine Tech will retain its focus on serving the needs of students seeking a technical degree. “Our history, heritage, and culture have centered on technical education, and this change will not diminish that focus,” said Musgrove.

The college’s change request to the MnSCU Board also substantiated the need for the expansion by pointing out the low rate of degree attainment in the region.  Each year according to the data, almost 70% of 10th graders in the region intend, at that stage of their lives, to seek a bachelor’s degree.  However, the reality is that only around 40%  of graduates in the region actually do enroll after graduation.

“That translates to over 770 high school graduates each year who do not enroll in college – even though they said as 10th graders that they wanted a career that requires a bachelor’s degree,” PTC Dean of Students Paula Hoffman explained.  “We hope to provide initial access to that degree through our AA for as many of those students as we can reach.”

For further information about PTC’s mission expansion and name change, contact Katie Krier at 320-629-5174, or krierka@pinetech.edu; Paula Hoffman at 320-629-5180hoffmanp@pinetech.edu; Robert Musgrove at320-629-5120, or musgrover@pinetech.edu.

Pine Technical College, established in 1965 and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, serves more than 1,300 students and awards certificates, diplomas and associate degrees. PTC’s notable programs include Accounting, American Sign Language, Automotive Technology, Business Administration, Business Technology, Computer Programming, Computer Science, Early Childhood Education, Gunsmithing Technology, Computer Network Administration, Practical Nursing, Registered Nursing, Precision Manufacturing/Machining, Automation/Robotics Technology, Plastics Technology, Medical Assisting, Human Services Eligibility Worker and many more.

Pine Tech is accepting applications for new students in all programs. For more information about PTC’s programs, including information regarding how to apply, call 320-629-5100 or visit the website at http://www.pinetech.edu.

PTC is a proud member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, which include 24 two-year community, technical, and comprehensive colleges and seven state universities serving more than 430,000 students. It is the fifth-largest higher education system of its kind in the United States.