Next GPAE Grant Cycle Announced

GPAEThe Greater Pine Area Endowment has announced the second round grant cycle for 2017.  The deadline for submission of grant applications is Midnight on Thursday, August 31.  The Greater Pine Area Endowment Fund was created in 1992 as a component fund of the Initiative Foundation to develop community resources and to enhance the quality of life of individuals and families in the Pine City area.  The GPAE funds have been established to provide financial resources for the needs of the greater Pine area within the physical boundaries of the Pine City School District 578.

The grant funds can be used for economic or community development projects.  For economic development projects, funding will be considered for projects that lead to quality job creation or high tech employment.  Projects that promote community pride and quality of life through environmental stewardship and community beautification would be considered under the community development category.  The GPAE will also consider proposals that positively impact the housing, safety, employment and other needs of the more vulnerable members of the community including youth, the elderly and those who are low-income.

Since its inception, the GPAE has granted to organizations such as the Pine County Sheriff’s Department for the purchase of infant keys to AED’s; the Pine City Arts Council for the Robinson Park Gazebo Addition; and the Pine City Library for purchase of new computers.

The online grant submission process hosted through the Initiative Foundation can be accessed through the GPAE website at  Organizations seeking assistance in using the online system should contact Becky Schueller at 320-322-4040 or  A copy of the Grant Guidelines is available online or can be picked up from the Chamber of Commerce office at 315 Main Street South.   Online submissions are due by Midnight on Thursday, August 31, 2017.


Dementia Friends Champion Training

ACTPineCityLogoAdditional education training events are coming to Pine City later this summer and into the fall.  The first training event – Dementia Friends Champion Training – will be on Wednesday, August 30th from 1:00 – 3:00 PM.

This training will equip you with the knowledge and activities needed to facilitate a Dementia Friends Information Session with community members.

An Information Session is a face-to-face session that lasts approximately one hour is run by a Dementia Friends Champion.  It covers the five key messages everyone should know about dementia through activities and discussion.

The goal of the Dementia Friends Information Session is to help community members understand dementia and the small things they can do to make a difference for people living with dementia.

Champion Training is offered at no cost.

To register for the August 30th Session in Pine City, please call Lakes & Pines at 320-679-1800 or 1-800-832-6082, option 4.

Memorial Blood Centers, August Blood Drive

The next local blood drive, hosted by Memorial Blood Centers, is scheduled for Tuesday, August 22nd at the Pine City Walmart.  See the flyer below for more information.


Arrowhead Transit expanding Pine City Services

Arrowhead Transit

Beginning on Tuesday, August 1st the Pine City Dial-a-Ride will begin serving local residents as early as 7am.

  • New Hours are Monday through Friday 7am – 6pm
  • Saturdays from 9am – 5pm
  • Sundays from 8am – 2pm

Also beginning on August 1st will be a special pick-up at 9:30am each weekday morning at the Woischke’s Mobile Home Park main office (18909 Island Resort Rd).  Riders will be able to travel within city limits to stores, schools, library, courthouse or other locations. The bus will return to the Mobile Home Park at 1pm.

To use the Arrowhead Transit Dial-A-Ride service, call 1-800-862-0175 and select option 6.  Prices are $1.25 per ride, or $22.50 for an unlimited monthly pass.

Pine City banner contest now open

flag pcResidents of all ages (Pine City and the surrounding area) are invited to help beautify the city through a banner design contest. The contest, hosted by Pine Center for the Arts and the City of Pine City, aims to promote the area’s quality of life, history, and cultural elements.

The winning design will be turned into street banners that will hang throughout the city.
Designs can be submitted from August 1-September 15, 2017 for the judging panel. There are no age requirements to enter the contest, but all designs must be in portrait  orientation and either complement or contrast the city logo.

Use this link for the Official Rules & Guidelines regarding this contest.

Use this link for a copy of the Official Entry Form for this contest.

National Night Out for Pine City

On Tuesday, August 1st the Pine City Community is invited to Robinson Park for an evening of fun, family friendly activities beginning at 7:00 PM.

What is National Night Out?  According to the website
National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.

The local event in Pine City brings together a wide variety of local organizations with a shared purpose.  While there are a few individuals in the community tasked with organizing the event – no one organization is in charge of the event.  In fact new groups are invited to participate every year in hopes of expanding participation.

Plans for this year’s event include visits from the Pine City Fire Department, Pine County Sherrif’s Dept and K-9 Units, as well as local EMS volunteers.  A variety of kids activities will be available thanks to the Dragon Wagon, Fairview Clinics & Hands for Pine City.

The evening will wind down with the Pine City Parks & Recreation hosting of the movie “Sing” beginning at dusk.  Pine City Youth Hockey will have free popcorn available and NEW this year will be Root Beer Floats courtesy of Chris’ Food Center & Voyageur Bottle Shop.

NNO 2017 Flyer

Pine Dragons PTO hosts annual School Supply Giveaway

On Thursday, August 24th the Pine Dragons PTO group will host their annual School Supply Giveaway to provide the essential tools to local students as they prepare for the new school year.

Any students in need of assistance in gathering their school supplies is invited to take part.  “The giveaway isn’t limited to just Pine City students, any student in need is welcome,” said PTO President, Heather Peterson.

The giveaway will take place at Journey North Church in Pine City, located at 840 Main Street South, from 6-7 PM.

For more information about Pine Dragons PTO or to get involved in this volunteer opportunity, visit their website at

You can also sign-up for text message reminders:
Send a text to this number: 81010
With this message: @schsu55063

Fairgoers Asked for Help to Evaluate Pine County Fair

Fairgoers to this year’s 125th Pine County Fair may be approached by a surveyor and asked to complete a short one-page survey about their experience at the fair. “We would appreciate the public’s assistance in taking just 2-3 minutes to fill out the survey when asked,” said Becky Schueller, Executive Director for the Pine City Area Chamber of Commerce. “The survey is an important tool for improving tourism efforts in our community and county.”

The purpose of the survey is to better understand County Fair attendees’ experience, to improve the fair and to estimate the economic contribution of the fair according to Robert Musgrove, Pine County office of Economic Development.

“We know the fair brings a lot of dollars into the community,” Musgrove added. “But we have never had an empirical handle on how much. This survey will give us a reliable calculation of that effect.”

Also, according to Schueller, the survey will give the fair board ideas about how to expand and improve the fair, based on fair-goer desires. It will make future fairs even more attractive and draw even more attendance.

Schueller and Musgrove also noted that the Extension is experienced at conducting this type of economic impact study and has the tools and expertise to handle it.

The survey will be conducted by the local surveyors trained by the University of Minnesota Extension Tourism Center. Surveyors are being recruited at this time. Selected surveyors will be paid an honorarium. Anyone who would like to be a surveyor should contact survey coordinator Terry Salmela at 612-390- 3149 or email: with their interest and available dates and times.

Survey sponsors include: The Pine County office of Economic Development; Pine County Agricultural Society (Fair Board); Greater Pine Area Endowment; Pine City Economic Development Authority and the University of Minnesota Extension Rural Sustainable Community Development Project.

Free Drone Fly In Tonight

Image Beginning this fall, Pine Technical & Community College will offer training for interested pilots to earn their FAA drone pilots license.

On Friday, July 14th a free, hands-on drone fly in will be held at Voyageurs Park at 5pm. Anyone may attend and learn more about this growing industry and get hands on time with a variety of different drone aircraft.

The Fly-In will be hosted by Sean Stevens and Sky Eye Films. Sean is a photographer, videographer and FAA licensed UAV pilot. Sean is also an instructor for kids and adults UAV training programs.

Sean can be contacted through or reached on facebook at