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Our region (Aitkin, Pine, Carlton, Isanti, Mille Lacs, Kanabec and Chisago counties) struggles to provide adequate, desirable, and affordable housing to all individuals and families.  Together, though, we can take action.

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Glenn Westing

Karen and Glenn Westing, left, and Todd Cummings, right, on behalf of the Pine City Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Pine City Area Chamber of Commerce named Glenn Westing the 2015 Outstanding Citizen of the Year.   Through the nomination process each year, members of the community write letters to nominate individuals that they feel are deserving of this award.  According to a press release the Chamber put out, “the overwhelming number of individuals that shared their stories and personal experiences to honor Westing was heartwarming.”

In one of the nomination letters, Westing was described with the following attributes: “always good natured, very helpful to his passengers, courteous, considerate and just an all around good person.  The world would be a better place if there were more people like him.”

Westing spends his days as a driver for the Arrowhead Transit bus company serving community members through the Dial-a-Ride options in Pine City.  His passengers sing his praises as well with their stories of how his service as impacted their lives.  One passenger recalls, “He always greets you by name, with a happy attitude.  He will
often carry our groceries to the door and make sure we get safely into our homes.”

The public is invited to attend a reception honoring Glenn Westing as Pine City’s 2015 Citizen of the Year.  The reception will be held on Sunday, Oct. 18.  More information will be shared in the coming weeks.

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Fall Gathering: Festival of the Voyageur

voyageur patrickWhere: North West Company Fur Post – 12551 Voyageur Lane, Pine City

When: Sat., Sept. 19, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; and Sun., Sept. 20, noon -4 p.m.

What to expect:  The adventurers who open Minnesota to Europeans — the voyageurs — worked incredibly hard to gather the furs that created business dynasties.  But when they got together, it was party time.  Join the fall rendezvous as hundreds of reenactors camp along the Snake River, setting up temporary households, and pitting themselves against their friends in contests of skill and dance to a live fiddler (Saturday night).  You can also shop for crafts and the kids can enjoy activities just for them.

The particulars:  Family-friendly.  $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 ages 6-17.  Tickets online at www.mnhs.org/event/373.

Labor Day Weekend: PRCA Rodeo comes to town!

Where: Heidelberger’s Arena, 3923 State Highway 70, Pine City

When: Sept. 5-6 (Labor Day Weekend)

What to expect: You’ll see professional rodeo riders competing in bull riding; bareback and saddle bronc; team roping; steer wrestling; barrel racing and tie-down roping. Audience members can join in with wild cow milking and cowboy poker, or take a shot at staying on the mechanical bull. For the kids there’s a calf scramble, mutton busting and free cowboy hats for the first 200 kids. Oh, and there’s music by the Killer Hayseeds.

The particulars: About 11/2 miles west of the Rock Creek/Grantsburg Exit 165 (at Highway 70); $13 adults, $7 for kids 4-12 (discounts available online). pinecityrodeo.com

Rodeo Poster