Pine City EDA airs ad to support businesses during construction

Road construction has had quite an impact on Pine City over the past several months.  Businesses along Old Highway 61 South, as well as County Road 8 (3rd Avenue SE) and Historic 5th Street have surely felt the effects.

“We all know good roads and sidewalks are important for business activity,” said Nathan Johnson, Pine City’s community development director.  “But during the projects, we oftentimes hear that a negative affect is felt.”

That is why, at its recent meeting, the Pine City Economic Development Authority approved the purchase of advertising a on local radio station to encourage local support of the businesses most affected.   The ad will play on Red Rock Radio (WCMP/WXCX) beginning this week.


Trick-or-Treat for Food Shelf

The cast and crew of “Alice in Wonderland”, the fall play being presented by Pine City High School, may be knocking on your door this Friday evening.  But the students won’t be asking for candy, they will be looking for donations of non-perishable food items to be donated to the Pine Community Food Shelf.  This is the ninth year of the community service project.  The students will identify themselves as members of the production and will not be wearing traditional Halloween costumes.

According to director Becky Schueller, the event is one that the students really enjoy participating in.

“As my first year with this group of students, I was asked early on in the rehearsals if we would be continuing the ‘Trick-or-Treat’ tradition,” she said.  “As someone who believes strongly in the effectiveness that students can have in the community by volunteering, my response was an easy one ‘Of course we will!’”.

We hope that the community will donate non-perishable goods if they are able.  Students will be walking neighborhoods surrounding the elementary school from 6 – 7:30 p.m. on Friday evening, Oct. 31.

Performances of “Alice in Wonderland” are Nov. 14, 15 and 16.  Tickets are on sale at Cabin Coffees, the Chamber of Commerce office or at the door.  For more information on the show, call 320.298.0014.

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Pine City found to have some of the most expensive insurance

When it comes to the cost of car insurance, Pine City ranks near the top among Minnesota cities, according to a recent report.

The study by Value Penguin of 109 cities and 18 insurers in the state placed Pine City in the 6th spot.

Minnesotans can see, on average, premiums of about $1,152 per year.  The city with the cheapest car insurance was Mankato, which averaged $1,009 per year in premiums.

In fact, the top five cities with the least expensive premiums were located in the southeast region.  Rounding out that top five were Austin, Albert Lea, Winona and Rochester. Faribault came in at 52nd.

The most expensive cities were St. Paul at $1,303 annual average followed by Minneapolis, Forest Lake, Cambridge and North Branch.

Pine City drivers pay, on average $1,250 per year.

Costs of the Value Penguin study are based on basic liability protection for a 2010 Toyota Camry.  The rates are based off of two sample drivers, a single 30-year-old male and 65-year-old male with a clean driving record.

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