Wild personnel make trip to Pine City to meet and greet fans

1 - Kurtis Gabriel

Kurtis Gabriel

Members ofwild road tour the Minnesota Wild will soon visit Pine City as a part of its 2016 Wild Road Tour Schedule.

2011 NHL Entry Draft - Portraits

Mario Lucia

The Pine City stop will include recently-signed Wild forwards Kurtis Gabriel and Mario Lucia, the son of legendary Gopher coach Don Lucia and brother of Ali Lucia of WCCO-TV. They will be joined by former Wild forward Wes Walz and Wild television analyst Mike Greenlay.

The Road Tour will stop at the Pine City Civic Center on June 21 from noon to 1 p.m.  

The 2016 Minnesota Wild Road

3 - wes walz

Wes Walz

2012 NHL All-Star Game - Mascot Portraits


4 - mike greenlay

Mike Greenlay

Tour will conclude with the Summer Bash and NHL Entry Draft Viewing Party from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, June 24 at Xcel Energy Center.  It will feature interactive games, photo and autograph opportunities from Wild players and NHL Alumni, a live broadcast from KFAN 100.3 FM and more.  The 2016 NHL Entry Draft will take place at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y., June 24-25.

Freedom Fest Event Schedule 2016

The Freedom Fest event schedule has been finalized and flyers will be available this month at locations throughout Pine City.  There are a number of new events coming this year that organizers are excited to bring to the community to share.

The events begin on Wednesday, June 22nd with a Free Community BBQ from 11am – 1pm at Pine Technical & Community College.  Not only can you enjoy a great lunch, but tours of the college campus will also be available.  Find more information at http://www.pine.edu.

The Pine City Ambassador Candidates will host the annual “Meet the Candidates” Bingo night on Thursday, June 23rd at the Pine City High School.  Tickets for bingo and the $1 raffle tickets are now available from both Senior & Little Miss candidates, or from the Chamber Office.  Bingo starts at 7 PM.

The event schedule on Saturday at the Fairgrounds includes a few new activities…. including a Swap Meet organized by the Stewards Car Club, the Waterball Competition hosted by the Pine City Fire Dept, and a Flag Disposal Ceremony hosted by the Pine City Girl Scouts.   Check out the full event schedule here:

2016 Event Schedule

Pine City market ready for its first hotel in more than 40 years

Pine City is ripe for a hotel, according to a market study of the area.

“We’ve been ready for some time,” asserted Nathan Johnson, Community Development Director.  “Now we just have the data to back it up.”

Consultants examined four sites, two on the north and two on the south side of town.  The sites were the JPL site at on the 1200-block of 8th Street NW (site 3 below) and the Pine City Freeway Investments site on the 1300-block of Northridge Drive NW (site 4) near Exit 171; and the RCF Holdings site on the 1200-block of Hillside Avenue SW (site 2) and the Pine City Interchange site at 1542 Hillside Avenue SW (site 1) near Exit 169.

Hotel Sites

Pine City, in partnership with the EDA, Initiative Foundation and Greater Pine Area Endowment, hired Growth Services Group (GSG) of Missouri in January to determine the feasibility and possible success of bringing a hotel to town.  Consultants determined the town could sustain a 42-room hotel with a business center, banquet space to accommodate greater than 25 people, hot breakfast, fitness room and a pool.

Despite a number of other hotels within 20 miles of Pine City, including a giant 563-room hotel at Grand Casino Hinckley, consultants pointed to a 6.5-percent increase in area lodging from 2009 to 2015 as a reason the market area could sustain another provider of overnight accommodations.

“With wedding venues, major community events, the North West Company Fur Post, a growing business community and our area lakes, we have plenty of travelers to house for the night, especially in the warmer months,” explained Johnson, adding, “Not everyone wants to stay at a casino 15 miles away.”

GSG’s report recommendations said, “Review of demographics and community interviews suggested that a mid-level to upper mid-level hotel would be ideal and provide the amenities to meet the community’s needs.  This type of hotel would be well received and provide a new tier to effectively draw guests back to Pine City from the nearby surrounding markets.”

The cost to develop such a hotel would be about $109,000 per room, or about $4.6 million for a 42-room building.  Consultants predict five years after the development the hotel will have an average yearly occupancy rate of 65.7-percent and the average daily rate would be $101.83.

Pine City had a number of hotels in its early years, the last of which was the Agnes Hotel which stood until 1974.  Two roadside motels remained since then, one 20-room facility (the Old Oak Inn) which is set for demolition due to redevelopment of the site, and another 12-room facility, the Gail Motel, which has operated since 1955.

“Given the positive results of the study, the uptick in commercial and residential development activity along with all the city has to offer in amenities, including the wide range of annual events that draw visitors to our great community, our hope is that hotel developers will be drawn to our market,” said Mayor Carl Pederson.

Copies of the study are available on the City’s website.  Contact Johnson at 320.629.2575, ext. 105, or by emailing njohnson@pinecitygov.com with questions regarding the study.

New planning commission appointment sworn in: Chris Fossum

  • City seeks student rep for Commission.  Applications available at City Hall.
Chris Fossum 2015

Chris Fossum

Chris Fossum was given his oath of office by Chair Frank Christopherson at the most recent Planning Commission meeting May 24.

Fossum, age 39, lives in the Hazel Park Addition near the fairgrounds.   He works as a data coordinator and a business services representative for Pine Technical & Community College.  He is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead, having earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.

“It is my goal to be a productive and effective team member by upholding and enforcing the rules of conduct, bylaws, statutes and ordinances to support opportunities, growth and sustainability to the Pine City community,” said Fossum, in an application to the City seeking the mayor’s appointment.

Mayor Carl Pederson appointed Fossum to serve out the remainder of Dan Rydberg’s term, who passed away in March.

The student representative position remains unfilled at this time.   Gracie LeBrun held the position, but she graduated with the Class of 2016 and plans to attend the University of Northwestern in the fall.

Planning Commission meetings are held the Fourth Tuesdays of each month at the Pine Government Center in the Council Chambers beginning at 6:30 p.m.