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.

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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