ASK-IT Training Offered at PTCC

Pine Technical & Community College will host a 3-hour interactive course designed to instruct on the procedures used to sell alcoholic beverages legally in facilities.  The ASK-IT  (Alcohol Server Knowledge – Interactive Training) class will be offered on Monday May 18th at to different times.  Attendees can register for a 9am – Noon class OR a 1 – 4 PM class.

Although the State of Minnesota does not require server certification, many counties and cities require basic server training for all employees responsible for serving alcoholic beverages in their establishments.  There is no prerequisite to attend this class.

Topics covered in the workshop include: MN laws and penalties for violations, Dram Shop laws, legal forms of ID (proof of age), how to verify IDs and spot fake IDs, signs of intoxication, BAC (blood alcohol content) and effects of alcohol on the body, how to slow down or stop service and how to avoid confrontation.

Registration fee for this class is just $25 and includes workbooks and handouts.

To register, or for more information, contact Marge Fagerstrom at 320.629.5199.

Prisoner of War with Pine City ties laid to rest

World War II Prisoner of War Charles Woehrle, who grew up in Pine City, recently passed on at the age of 98.  Read his obituary here.
Today Show – “Watch provides comfort for prisoner of war”

Bureau of Labor reports job growth in all 5 GPS 45:93 Counties October 2013-’14

gps 4593 logoThe Bureau of Labor has reported job growth in all of East Central Minnesota (otherwise known as the GPS 45:93 region) from the period of time between Oct. 2013 to Oct. 2014.  The total number of jobs gained in the GPS 45:93 region over the last year of reporting was 1,498.  The region-wide, average unemployment rate was just 4.14% compared to 5.7% nationally.

  • Isanti County (pop. 38,204)

County Seat: Cambridge
Metro/Micro Name: Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
Metro/Micro/Rural: Metropolitan Statistical Area
Oct. 2014 Employed: 19972
Oct. 2014 Unemployed: 660
Jobs gained since October 2013: 508
Unemployment Rate, October 2014: 3.2%

  • Chisago County (pop. 53,761)

County Seat: Center City
Metro/Micro Name: Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
Metro/Micro/Rural: Metropolitan Statistical Area
Oct. 2014 Employed: 27366
Oct. 2014 Unemployed: 927
Jobs gained since October 2013: 696
Unemployment Rate, October 2014: 3.3%

  • Mille Lacs County (pop. 25,833)

County Seat: Milaca
Metro/Micro Name: Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
Metro/Micro/Rural: Metropolitan Statistical Area
Oct. 2014 Employed: 11530
Oct. 2014 Unemployed: 568
Jobs gained since October 2013: 138
Unemployment Rate, October 2014: 4.7%

  • Pine County (pop. 29,104)

County Seat: Pine City
Metro/Micro Name:  N/A
Metro/Micro/Rural: Rural
Oct. 2014 Employed: 13710
Oct. 2014 Unemployed: 601
Jobs gained since October 2013: 85
Unemployment Rate, October 2014: 4.2%

  • Kanabec County (pop. 15,996)

County Seat: Mora
Metro/Micro Name:  N/A
Metro/Micro/Rural: Rural
Oct. 2014 Employed: 7548
Oct. 2014 Unemployed: 426
Jobs gained since October 2013: 71
Unemployment Rate, October 2014: 5.3%

Changes to Pine City Planning Commission

Lezlie Sauter

Lezlie Sauter

Dan D'Aigle

Dan D’Aigle

Kent Bombard

Kent Bombard

Lezlie Sauter is back on the Pine City Planning Commission filling out a term left vacant due to a retirement.  Sauter had recently moved to rural Pine City, whereby disqualifying her from another term on the Commission since it may only be comprised of up to three of its nine members who live outside of the corporate limits of Pine City.

Sauter took the place of Dennis Odegard, of Pine City Township, who announced his resignation late-last year.  She was reappointed by Mayor Carl Pederson to the Commission at its Feb. 24 meeting, as was Brent Jahnz, of Pine City.

Kent Bombard, of Pine City, who ran for City Council in 2014, was appointed as a new Commissioner, as was Dan D’Aigle, of Pokegama Township; both were sworn in Jan. 27.  A Pine City High School student, Gracie LeBrun, also joined the Planning Commission but as a non-voting member.

Pine City High School Principal Troy Anderson said, “Gracie is a leader in the junior class that comes highly recommended by the social studies department.  She will be a great representative of P.C.H.S. and a nice connection between the school and local government.”