A look back at 2015

Pine City amplifies itself as an arts destination

“Great to get Lori Line”

Lori Line

Lori Line

Arts enthusiasts across the city championed a new auditorium with the appeal, “Wouldn’t it be great to get Lori Line?  Wishes came true Dec. 11 when pianist Lorie Line made a holiday tour stop in Pine City for the first time at the community’s new performing arts center.  It was one of 37 shows in nine states.  Line famously got her start playing in Dayton’s department store and recently released a new “Christmas in the City” CD, music book and collector bell that tied in with the performance.

Bone Thugs-n-Harmony’s Krayzie Bone

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Krayzie Bone

Krayzie Bone is making its way to Froggy’s downtown Pine City just after the new year, Jan. 15, after releasing his fifth album “Chasing the Devil”.  Born Anthony Henderson, Krayzie Bone is a fast-rhyming rapper best known for his time with the rap group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony.   He released one platinum-selling solo album, Thug Mentality, in 1999.  He is also a Grammy Award recipient along with Chamillionaire for the song “Ridin’” in 2007.

Pine City 6th Biggest Arts Economy in Minnesota Per Capita

logo_mcaA new study was released by the Pine City EDA, the East Central Regional Arts Council and Minnesota Citizens for the Arts that showed that, in addition to contributing to an excellent quality of life, the nonprofit arts and culture sector is also a substantial industry in Pine City, generating nearly $1 million in total economic impact annually.  The Impact and Health of the Nonprofit Arts and Culture Sector found that five nonprofit arts and culture organizations in Pine City support the equivalent of 18 full time jobs in the county, and that 21,150 people attend nonprofit arts and cultural events annually.  This is the sixth biggest arts economy in the State, per capita, behind just Minneapolis, St. Paul, Duluth, Cook County and Grand Rapids.

Can take the boy out of Pine City but can’t take “Pine City” out of the boy

Pedal Pub Ambush

pedalpubRyan Barth, 32, of Pine City, was accused of throwing water balloons and shooting high-velocity squirt guns at PedalPub passengers during a series of bicycle attacks in downtown Minneapolis May 23—the last of which involved off-duty Burnsville police officers who chased him and other perpetrators down and held them until Minneapolis police could arrive.  Barth later pled guilty in Hennepin County District Court to interference with vehicular traffic, a misdemeanor.  Dropped were two other misdemeanor counts:  fifth-degree assault and disorderly conduct.  He was one of two people (six were charged) to plead guilty.  According to police, Barth was dressed in black and wearing a bandanna around the lower part of his face when he squirted the pedal pub operator in the face as she tried to take a photograph of him and his ransacking accomplices.  Upon entering his plea, Barth was sentenced to pay $128 in fines and fees, given a stayed 45-day jail sentence and ordered to pay $300 in restitution to the proprietor, PedalPub Twin Cities.  Barth is challenging the restitution.

Black Lives Matter Shooting/Riots

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Nathan Gustavsson

Two Pine Technical & Community College gunsmithing alum, Nathan Gustavsson, 21, and Daniel Macey, 26, were involved in disrupting an otherwise peaceful protest for racial reasons near the Fourth Precinct of Minneapolis.  All men were labeled “white supremacists” by media yet the media failed to release any photos of Macey for days, who turns out is Asian (the other white?).

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Daniel Macey

PTCC President Joe Mulford released this statement:   “Pine Technical and Community College is a place where students come for personal development and to provide a brighter future for themselves and their families. Our values include respecting the dignity and worth of each individual and maintaining integrity in everything we do.  We condemn any behaviors that are not consistent with these values. “

Several New Businesses Open, Several Expand

The community saw several industries in the Pine City Technology Park make expansion preparations including Advance Design & Systems, Leisure Design, Broekema USA and Innovative Basement Systems.  Some familiar new businesses in Pine City in 2015 included Dollar Tree, Great Clips and Murphy USA.

Farewell to a legend

Eileen Anderson, 86, Pine County’s first female commissioner

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Eileen Anderson

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