Snowmobile Club Plans Fall Event

The Hinckley – Pine City Flames Snowmobile Club is planning a Fall Meet & Greet event for the community.  All are welcome to join the fun on Saturday, September 27th from Noon – 4:00 PM.  Club members and grooming volunteers will be available to answer questions about Club Membership and Snowmobile Safety Training.



Pine City boy turns heads at World’s Largest Miniature Horse Show

Merrick as the Headless Horseman in the Costume Class.

Merrick as the Headless Horseman in the Costume Class.

It is the largest mini-horse show in the world, held in Tulsa, OK, at Expo Square. And, a Pine City second grader named Merrick took his share of ribbons and hardware back to Minnesota with him last weekend.

The creativity was evident as children and their horses dressed up in elaborate costumes. In the Costume Class, there was a Wizard of Oz theme — with ruby slippers and all. Bob Ross and his happy trees made an appearance as well. And, Merrick portrayed the headless horseman; in that competition, he took sixth in the nation.

Merrick and his grandfather, Dan Fury, driving.

Merrick and his grandfather, Dan Fury, driving.

His best performance was in the Youth Western Country Pleasure Driving class on Saturday, however, where he was named the United States’ reserve national champion. Besides being shown on the jumbotron in the Built Ford Tough Arena — he was told to take a victory lap and received two pieces of hardware, a horse trophy and a silver plate. There were a number of other ribbons earned by Merrick that day in other classes.

There are two types of mini horses recognized. The “A” miniatures are up to 34 inches tall and the “B” horses can’t come in any taller than 38 inches. Merrick’s was a B.

The American Miniature horse registry has about 10,000 horses registered, and the nationals run until Sept. 16.


Judy Scholin

Judy Scholin

The Pine City Area Chamber of Commerce would like to extend our congratulations to Judy Scholin the 2014 Outstanding Citizen of the Year.

In one of the nomination letters, Scholin was described as a “talented, creative, dedicated, energetic and helpful person.  She is passionate about all that she does – spending a great deal of her time and energy toward making Pine City a better place to live.”  In reading through the nomination letters, one can learn about the variety of places and organizations that Scholin has given of her time.  She is an active board member of the Pine City Library and the Pine City Area History Association; a faithful volunteer for organizations like the North West Company Fur Post and the Pine Center for the Arts; and uses her special talents for quilting, sewing and photography to give back to others in the community.

One of the many contributions that Scholin has made in the community was the renovation project for the Pine City Library.

“She was instrumental in our fundraising efforts for the renovation and went above and beyond her expected duties to make the project successful,” said retired Librarian, Christy Koch.  “When the work was done, she used her gifts to create a photographic and informational book to give the community a record of the efforts put forth by so many to make our dream of a modern library a reality.”

The public is invited to attend a reception honoring Judy Scholin as our 2014 Citizen of the Year.  The reception will be held on Sunday, September 28th at the North West Company Fur Post from 4:00 – 5:30 PM.  A short program will begin at 4:30 PM.  RSVP’s are appreciated, please call 320-322-4040 or email the Chamber at