Brook Park Fire Department Hosts Spaghetti Dinner

The Brook Park Fire Department will host their annual Spaghetti Dinner at the Brook Park Lion’s Hall this Sunday, April 3rd. Community members are invited to attend, free will donations will be accepted, and all proceeds benefit the Brook Park Fire Department.


PTCC Hosts Poetry and Prose Reading

PINE CITY, Minn. – All are welcome to A Poetry and Prose Reading at Pine Technical & Community College at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 13. The event will feature Ann Boldt, author of a poetry collection entitled Night Shift, published by Finishing Line Press.

Following the feature presentation, students from the American Sign Language program will present, and then everyone is encouraged to join an open mic by reading published or personally written poems and prose. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held on PTCC’s back lawn or in Room 800 in case of inclement weather. Refreshments will be available. The Poetry and Prose Reading is hosted by the Pine Technical & Community College Liberal Arts Division.

Boldt, currently teaches English and reading courses at PTCC, where she was recognized as an Outstanding Educator by the Minnesota State College and Universities Board of Trustees in 2012. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Special Education. She also holds a Master of Arts in Technical Communication and Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Minnesota State University-Mankato. Boldt has published poems in The Mankato Poetry Review and Minnesota River Review.

Planning Commission recognizes ‘Citizen Planner’ and Gives Site Improvement Award

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Planning Commission Chair Frank Christopherson was awarded ‘Citizen Planner’ honors by Mayor Carl Pederson

The Pine City Planning Commission has named another Citizen Planner, Frank Christopherson, and has recognized another business for improving its appearance, Wiedemann Plumbing & Heating L. L. C.


Christopherson, manager of Pine City’s US Bank branch, was appointed to the Planning Commission January, 2005, by former Mayor Jane Robbins.  He was elected chair in January, 2013, succeeding Mary Kay Sloan when she was elected to the City Council.  He also serves on the Pine City EDA.

“Planners are not just those in the profession,” said Nathan Johnson, Community Development Director/Planner.  “It takes a community.”

Wiedemann Building

305 3rd Avenue SE – Before

Wiedemann Plumbing & Heating L. L. C. was recognized for vastly improving the building at 305 3rd Avenue SE.  The proprietor, Weylon Wiedemann, purchased the building from Robert Buckley in 2013 and has been steadily making façade improvements ever since.



Johnson said, “The Commission had a number of sites it debated recognizing this time.  It is great to see so many investing in their properties and storefronts.”

Wiedemann - after

305 3rd Avenue SE – After

“It’s great to see renovations of local business establishments,” added Mayor Carl Pederson.  “It presents an expression that Pine City is a thriving and vibrant community.  It is an honor to present this award on behalf of the City to recognize Wiedemann’s for their improvements to their business.”

Heritage Players Opens “Noises Off” on Saturday, April 2nd

Enjoy the behind-the-scenes actions of Noises Off, a comedy about the foils, fights, and follies of producing a play. Written by Michael Frayn, this play-within-a-play explores the concept that theater can be “funnier from behind” than what is seen by the audience.

The cast of 9 local actors will bring to life three different moments in the development of the fictional play “Nothing On” – the final dress rehearsal, one month into the run, and one of the final performances. The zany antics of “Nothing On” are no comparison for the actors’ backstage confusion, deteriorating relationships, and general incoherence. Led by the direction of Jay Schueller, Noises Off shows April 2nd, 3rd, 7th, 8th, and 9th at 7:00pm and April 3rd at 2:00pm. All performances will take place in Pine City High School’s Fine Arts Auditorium.

Advance ticket prices are $8 for adults, $6 for students and seniors. Advance tickets are available at Pine City Area Chamber of Commerce, Cabin Coffees, and online. Tickets at the door are two dollars more.

Noises Off is made possible by a grant from the East Central Regional Arts Council through an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the state’s General Fund. The Pine City Heritage Players’ mission is to enrich, educate, and entertain our community by providing a superior theater experience.

Noises Off Poster

Pine City loses longtime Planning Commissioner, Dan Rydberg

Dan Rydberg

Dan Rydberg

Oct. 21, 1951 – March 22, 2016

Daniel Rydberg, Sr., 64, was appointed by then-Mayor Jane Robbins to the Planning Commission in 2005; at the time, he replaced Mark Nisley who was elected to serve on the City Council.

“I enjoyed his sense of humor and dedication to the community,” said Nathan Johnson, Community Development Director.  “He had that verbose exterior, but underneath all that, he was kind-hearted.  He was totally, totally dedicated to the City of Pine City.”

“He committed himself to public service in the truest and noblest sense, and he will be missed,” said current Mayor Carl Pederson.